AXIS Dance Inspires Audiences of All Ages + Abilities

The Harris opened its 2015-2016 Exelon Family Series and new Mix at Six series with AXIS Dance, a physically-integrated contemporary dance company from the Bay Area. Founded in 1987, AXIS seeks to change the face of dance and disability, and is comprised of dancers with and without physical disabilities.

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AXIS dancers lead a workshop at RIC | October 2015

AXIS spent almost a week in Chicago, in a series of performances and activities with the Harris Theater’s community partners. Keep reading for highlights and photos!

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2015 Learning Lab Recap: Engaging Audiences

The Harris Theater’s primary mission is to partner with Chicago’s music and dance performing arts organizations to help them build the resources and infrastructure necessary to achieve artistic growth and organizational sustainability. In support of that mission, the Theater hosts three workshops each year for the Resident Companies, in a series called the Learning Lab.

This year’s Learning Lab workshops explored themes of audience engagement and inclusion. 40 individuals, representing 19 of the Theater’s Resident Companies and several external partners, attended one or more of the sessions.

Learning Lab workshop on engaging audiences through social media | September 2015

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2015 Learning Lab – Disability Awareness Training

As part of the Harris Theater’s commitments to ADA25 Chicago, the citywide celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Theater hosted a Learning Lab workshop on disability awareness.

Learning Lab - Disability Awareness Training | July 2015
Learning Lab – Disability Awareness Training | July 2015

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VIDEO: Scottish Ballet Master Class at ChiArts

Scottish Ballet’s Streetcar Named Desire was one of the highlights of the Harris Theater’s 2014-2015 season. The engagement was also a highlight of our arts education partnerships this year, when soloists Constance Devernay and Victor Zarallo, and Artistic Director Chris Hampson, conducted a master class for 20 high school students.

ChiArts and Chicago Academy students with Scottish Ballet’s Chris Hampson, Constance Devernay and Victor Zarallo | May 2015

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Harris Theater Embarks on Five-Year Creative Partnership with Kronos Quartet

Beginning in the 2015-2016 season, the Harris Theater will embark on a five-year creative partnership with the internationally renowned Kronos Quartet and Kronos Performing Arts Association. The Harris Theater will be a legacy partner in Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, and will engage the quartet in residencies, commissions and presented performances throughout the five years.

Kronos Quartet - John Sherba, Sunny Yang, Hank Dutt and David Harrington
Kronos Quartet – John Sherba, Sunny Yang, Hank Dutt and David Harrington

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