The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), the world’s first year-round presenter of American tap and contemporary percussive arts, opens its 22nd season with Global Rhythms, its annual community-building, earth shaking, shared-revenue performances that spotlight national and international artists. Performances are November 26 and 27 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park.
Global Rhythms Artists:
Step Afrika! (Nov. 26 and 27), returning for the third year with all-new works, is the first professional company in the world dedicated to stepping, a unique dance tradition that grew out of the song and dance rituals practiced by historically African-American fraternities and sororities in the mid-1900s. Step Afrika! creates an “ocean of sound” with contemporary stepping and hip hop beside ancient Zulu dances, South African gumboot dancing and more.
“StepAfrika! seized the stage… drove the crowd to whoops and hollers.”
—Lisa Traiger, The Washington Post
Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater (Nov. 26 only) performs a suite of Flamenco- style dances from Andalucia, the southern part of Spain, including its masterwork Bolero to the hypnotic music of Maurice Ravel.
Sones de Mexico (Nov. 27 only) The group formed in 1994 to keep the tradition of Mexican son alive in its many regional forms, true to its roots and old masters, and current and fresh at the same time.
The Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago (Nov. 27 only) will present dances from Veracruz and Jalisco, Mexican states with a rich tradition of intricate stomping steps.
Chicago Mayfair Academy of Fine Arts (Nov. 27 only) was founded by tap legend Tommy Sutton and under the direction of Peggy Sutton. Performing only Sunday evening is the Mayfair Performing Company, under the direction of Maria A. Lanier-Ware, in an original step dance created by Jarkari Sherman. Mayfair celebrates 54 years of dance excellence and community service.