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.
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.
On Monday, October 27, Founder and Artistic Director of Beijing Dance Theater Wang Yuanyuan, conducted a master class at Dance Center of Columbia College. Ms. Wang led the students – 20 from Columbia College and three advanced students from Chicago High School for the Arts – through exercises in body imagination and improvisation.
At our recent tour stop in Chicago, we Catalysts led a workshop for a special class of students at ChiArts. This was an elective class where students from across artistic disciplines–writers, visual artists, singers, instrumentalists, and actors–came together to discuss ways to bridge their different disciplines, collaborate and develop new concepts for how their art can connect to the larger world.
We started out with music as we usually do in our workshops (this time, Strum, by yours truly), and immediately at the end of the performance the hands shot up with questions about the piece and comments about how it made them feel. These kids showed a true connection to the art and to our particular mode of expression RIGHT off the bat.