Beginning on February 11 is… (drum roll please)… Chicago Theatre Week! This event runs through February 21, and is a great way to experience the diversity of the performing arts in the Chicago area.
With more than 50 shows per day in multiple locations all across Chicago, the eleven-day event is a great way to get away, catch up with old acquaintances, or spend time with friends and family! A full list of performances and dates can be found here.
And if that’s not enough for you, Loyola’s annual dance recital will be featured as part of this city-wide event! Starting on February 11 and running until February 14, Classical (R)evolution, which plans to explore mankind’s cultural metamorphosis, will be performed right on the Lakeshore Campus at Mullady Theatre! You can purchase tickets for the event here or by visiting the Mundelein Info Desk between 1:00PM-6:00PM this week!
As the first true “YouTube” generation, it’s interesting to see just how many major epochs in our internet history revolve around dance. The Evolution of Dance was the most viewed video for the longest time (until we all were Psy-ched out), the good folks from the Cali Swag District taught us how to dougie, and now we know what it means when that hotline bling. Needless to say, dance has permeated every part our lives, and now Loyola’s dance majors are staging a performance that traces dance throughout the time and across cultures. The Classical (R)evolution Annual Dance Concert will be staged in the Kathleen Mullady Theatre from February 12-14, and to prepare for that amazing experience, I invite you to learn about the history of dance in the scariest of times: the time BEFORE YouTube. Stay calm, this will be over soon.
First off, we must travel to Ancient Greece. Sure, the time period is best known for theatre and playwrights like the great Homer, but dance played a pivotal role in the culture as well. It came to Greece most likely from cultural exchange with Crete, and became a tell-tale sign of beauty and refinement among the Greeks. Dancers were integral to religious rites, but as people’s skill in the medium advanced, it found its way into other facets of society. In theatrical plays, the Chorus would typically dance during their performances. That being said, it didn’t stop people from dancing during Bacchanalian festivals either! Essentially, the Greek dance form had few set standards, as it was seen as an auxiliary piece to other art forms. But the seeds of today’s dance are sowed in those Greek plays.
Loyola University Chicago is proud to present Trifecta! Opening February 25, this gallery features original artwork by new faculty members Noritaka Minami, Betsy Odom, and Rafael E. Vera. The Department of Fine and Performing Arts (DFPA) sat down with these three accomplished artists for an inside look at their work, what inspires them, and what to expect in the upcoming gallery. Click the names below to access their full interviews!
Noritaka Minami is a Chicago-based artist who works as an Assistant Professor of Photography at Loyola. After graduating from the University of California, Berkley and earning a degree in Art Practice and Asian American Studies, he began working and teaching photography across the U.S, including Harvard University, Wellesley College, UC Berkley, and UC Irvine.
Betsy Odom works with materials to create art which reflect her personal experiences or society’s hidden agendas. Her talents lie in creating serious pieces while integrating humor through various forms of media, including leather tooling, woodworking, airbrushing, ceramics, and metalworking.
Rafael E. Vera is an accomplished artist with a degree from the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was also a recipient of the Edward L. Ryerson Fellowship Award. Much of his work incorporates two and three-dimensional elements and emphasizes the importance of the idea that absence of material can create a piece of art that makes one question the transitionary phase.