This summer, the Harris was home to one of After School Matters’ Summer Dance Ensembles – officially named the After School Matters Dance Ensemble at the Harris Theater. From June until August, 26 teens and their teachers were in residence in the Prince Charitable Trusts and the William N. Wood Prince Family Rehearsal Room – the same studio space used by the Harris’ 35 resident companies, and the many national and international artists who perform on its stage each year.
Miami City Ballet’s triumphant return to Chicago featured two programs and two very full houses at the Harris Theater. On Saturday, April 30, ten dance students from Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts) had the opportunity to watch the company in rehearsal and to speak with two members of the company.
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.
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.
In the week leading up to Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s engagement at the Harris Theater, founder and artistic director Alonzo King conducted engagement activities for high school students.
On Monday, March 2, Mr. King led a choreography workshop for 20 dance students at Chicago Academy for the Arts. In addition to learning some of Mr. King’s choreography, the students developed their own movement and vocabulary throughout the class. All 20 students then had the opportunity to see LINES Ballet perform on the Harris stage later in the week.