Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre 2017 Fall Concert Series

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre 2017 Fall Concert Series

Wilfredo Rivera, Quincie Bean, Miranda Borkan, Jordan Colovos, Madison Rose Hom, Hannah Inoyoshi, Noelle Kayser, Taylor Mitchell, Richard Peña, Brennen Renteria, Sherry Zunker, Joe Cerqua, Stu Greenspan, Timothy Archbald, Rob Dicke, Dan Hesler, Typhanie Monique, James Sanders, Leandro Lopez Varady, Pharez Whitted, Juli Wood

Sat, October 7, 2017

3:00 pm

Links Hall At Constellation

Chicago, IL

$38

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre's Fall Concert Series is the culmination of a year of art-making - collaboration among choreographers and composers, visual artists and designers, dancers and musicians, and the people and places of Chicago.

The Fall Concerts are the opportunity to experience the company's 2017 new work in full production, performed by the company's complete Music and Dance Ensembles. 2017's new works: 'Between Us' by Sherry Zunker and Joe Cerqua featuring a new arrangement of "I've Put a Spell on You" by Stu Greenspan.  'Vent' by Sherry Zunker, arrangement by Stu Greenspan. 'Here Comes Treble' by Dan Hesler and CRDT's first-ever Choreography fellow, Taylor Mitchell. 'American Catracho' by Wilfredo Rivera and Joe Cerqua and the Chicago Sinfonietta commissioned 'Sin Fronteras' by Wilfredo Rivera and Clarice Assad. 

"An exemplary company of artists possessing considerable talent." 

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre
Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre fuses music, dance, and visual art to explore and celebrate contemporary American society. Its professional Dance and Music Ensembles collaborate with one another, with visual artists and designers, and with the people and places of Chicago. The company’s multi-disciplinary performance work is theatrical and thoughtful, vivacious and exuberant.

“highly entertaining, thought-provoking, and revelatory” – seechicagodance.com

“Cerqua Rivera performances boast the theatricality of a Broadway review, the slyness of late-night cabaret, and the exuberance of a jam session.” - ABC Channel 7

“Dynamic choreography … Another musical bonanza.” - Dance Magazine

“a veritable feast for the senses” - Time Out Chicago
Wilfredo Rivera
Wilfredo Rivera
Wilfredo Rivera, Artistic Director, was born in Honduras, trained with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, was a founding member of River North Dance Chicago, and was featured in River North’s Emmy award-winning "Reality of a Dreamer." Mr. Rivera was honored with the 2009 Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation Choreography Award, and a 2001 After Dark Award. In 1997, he received a Jeff Citation for Bailiwick Theatre’s "Nagasaki Dust." Additional choreography for The Goodman Theatre, Bailiwick Theatre, The Metropolis Arts Center, Columbia College, ATC (American Theater Co.), APT (American Players Theater), Porchlight Theater and Pegasus Players. Wilfredo has performed in productions featuring Diana Ross, Oprah Winfrey, Liza Minnelli, Jon Secada and Ben Vereen. He served as Talent Coordinator for Mannheim Steamroller and was featured choreographer for Nordstrom's grand opening Gala in Chicago and for the Chicago Latino Film Festival Gala. He was a featured dancer for the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
Quincie Bean
Quincie Bean
Quincie Bean trained at Provo Civic Ballet (now Ballet West Academy) in Utah. At PCB she danced original pieces by Garrett Smith, Victor Plotnikov, and Brian Reeder. She spent summers training at Gelsey Kirkland and NW Dance Project. Quincie moved to Santa Fe, NM to study at Modas Dance with Layla Amis, Duncan Cooper, Robert Moses, and other notable artists. In July 2016 she moved to Chicago and accepted a work-study position at Ruth Page. She is excited to join Cerqua Rivera this season.
Miranda Borkan
Miranda Borkan
Miranda Borkan is in her second season with CRDT! A native of Chicago, she trained with Extensions Dance Company under Lizzie MacKenzie and graduated from The Ailey School/Fordham University. This year she made her debut as a principle dancer in the Lyric Opera's Eugene Onegin. She apprenticed with River North Dance Chicago and Visceral Dance Chicago and participated in summer programs at Jacob’s Pillow, The Joffrey Ballet School, Luna Negra Dance Theater, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
Jordan Colovos
Jordan Colovos
A native of Chicago, Jordan Colovos began his dance training at the age of nineteen. He graduated from Western Michigan University, with his B.F.A. in Dance. During his time at Western, he performed in various works by Antony Tudor and Lew Christensen, in which he worked under Amanda McKerrow, John Gardner, and Leslie Young. He danced with Chicago Repertory Ballet in their 2017 season, where he performed works by Wade Schaaf and Tenley Dorill. Jordan is excited to join CRDT for his first season!
Madison Rose Hom
Madison Rose Hom
Madison Rose Hom, a Virginia native, was accepted into the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program at Dominican University at the age of 16. While in California, she received the opportunity to perform works by Uri Sands, Sandrine Cassini, Maurya Kerr, and Gregory Dawson. Madison graduated Summa Cum Laude from Dominican University with a BFA in Dance and relocated to Chicago in late 2014. She joined CRDT as a Performing Apprentice in 2016 and returned for the 2017 season as an Ensemble Member.
Hannah Inoyoshi
Hannah Inoyoshi
Hannah Inayoshi graduated with honors from Loyola Marymount University, where she studied on partial scholarship and earned a double degree in dance and English. She began her professional career dancing with Donna Sternberg and Dancers, The Union Project Dance Company, and Kybele Dance Theater. Hannah finished her final project in Los Angeles, then moved to Chicago where she participated in Lou Conte Dance Studio’s work-study program. Hannah joined Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre in 2016.
Noelle Kayser
Noelle Kayser
Noelle Kayser began her professional career in 2011 as an apprentice with Luna Negra Dance Theater under the direction of Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. After returning to Atlanta, she performed with gloATL, the Proia Dance Project, and Scrap Theater Group. She is currently in her second season with Visceral Dance Chicago under the direction of Nick Pupillo. She is honored to have been a choreographic assistant to Stephanie Martinez and Wilfredo Rivera during their creation processes at CRDT.
Taylor Mitchell
Taylor Mitchell
Taylor Mitchell earned his BFA from The University of Arizona, honored with the Creative Achievement Award. In 2015, his work Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours premiered with DanceWorks Chicago at The Harris Theater and on their European Tour. Taylor created All You Need Is for Thodos Dance Chicago's New Dances 2015, which joined the Company's repertoire. Taylor has performed, taught, and choreographed from Kiel and Frankfurt, Germany to Bolzano, Italy.
Richard Peña
Richard Peña
Richard Peña, a native of Dorado, Puerto Rico began training with Les Dances Studio, where he obtained many years of classical training. He studied Dance in Chicago, focusing on Ballet and Modern. In 2015, Peña received his Bachelors Degree from Columbia College Chicago and moved on to join the Chicago-based company, Thodos Dance Chicago. Richard has performed in venues throughout Chicago like the Auditorium Theatre and the Harris Theatre. This is Peña’s first season with CRDT.
Brennen Renteria
Brennen Renteria
Brennen Renteria began his dance training at the age of 10 in Corona, CA. In 2011, he attended the American Academy of Ballet summer intensive and trained with David Howard, Sean Lavery, and Galina Samsova. Brennen earned his B.A. in Dance from Cal State Fullerton in 2014 and joined Thodos Dance Chicago that same year. He has since danced and choreographed for several events in Chicago and is also proficient in ballroom and Latin styles of social dance. This is Brennen’s first season with CRDT.
Sherry Zunker
Sherry Zunker
Sherry Zunker is the founder of BeMoved®, a company passionate about sharing the joy of dance with people of all movement abilities. She is an established director, choreographer, and master teacher whose work covers the concert dance realm, musical theater, production shows, television, video, and film. She was an Artistic Director to River North Dance Chicago for 11 years and has set her choreography on many companies including The Joffrey and Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago.
Joe Cerqua
Joe Cerqua
Joe Cerqua is a freelance composer, producer, vocalist and sound designer. Recent projects include music and sound designs for The Unexpected Man at American Players Theater, The School for Lies at the Artistic Home, The Foreigner and The Glass Menagerie at Milwaukee Rep, The Road to Mullingar at the Clarence Brown Theater and at Forward Theatre. He has composed music and/or designed sound for over 250 productions in Chicago, nationally, and internationally. Theaters include Steppenwolf, The Goodman, Northlight, Remy Bumppo, Actors Theater of Louisville, Clarence Brown Theater, and Deaf West. His scores and designs for Sideman, How I Learned to Drive, The Laramie Project, Broken Glass, and Master Class have all enjoyed national tours. Joe is the Producing Director/Composer in Residence for the Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre. He is the Director of Production for the Music Department at Columbia College Chicago. Future projects include original music and sound designs for I and You at Forward Theatre, Alabama Story at Clarence Brown Theater, and One House Over at Milwaukee Rep.
Stu Greenspan
Stu Greenspan
Stu Greenspan (Musical Director, electric bass, guitar, composer, arranger) is a founding member of CRDT. As a studio musician and engineer, he has contributed to sound designs for theater companies throughout the country. Stu performs with many different jazz and pop music groups including Reginald R. Robinson, Los Perros Cubanos, Linda Solotaire, and Paris Swing. He is on the music faculty of Columbia College Chicago and the Francis W. Parker School.
Timothy Archbald
Timothy Archbald
Timothy Archbold is a freelance cellist, playing many exciting projects in the Chicagoland area.He also has a large private teaching studio. A Native of Australia, he received his undergraduate music degree from University of Melbourne, and studied chamber music and cello performance in Bremen, Germany. He then went on to receive his master’s degree in music from Wichita State University. He married an American vocalist and is a father of 3 beautiful girls, Eleanor (7), Lucy (5) and Abigail (3).
Rob Dicke
Rob Dicke
Rob Dicke began performing in and around Chicago upon his arrival in 2006 and is now entering his seventh year as the drummer for the CRDT Orchestra. Outside of the group, Rob can be heard performing with guitarist Fareed Haque, Radio Free Honduras, Moonrise Nation, or with own group, Calamity Flamtet. He also teaches drums and piano in the North Shore area. He has music degrees from Columbia College and DePaul University.
Dan Hesler
Dan Hesler
Dan Hesler- For someone who has worked as a musician for over 30 years, Dan has no credentials whatsoever. He received no degree from North Texas State, and his degrees from DePaul and Northeastern Illinois are not in music. He has several boxes of his book, Practicing the Jazz Vocabulary, in his basement. In his spare time, Dan practices law. Dan has been involved with CRDT for over a decade as an instrumentalist, composer and arranger. He would like to do choreography, which will not happen.
Typhanie Monique
Typhanie Monique
JazzTimes magazine describes Typhanie Monique as a “modern-day Sarah Vaughan with iridescent traces of Lena Horne.” Her 4 albums have captured the ears of Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich and thousands of fans. She has shared the stage with some of the jazz elite’s and toured internationally, performing at Chicago’s Jazz Showcase and City Winery, Smalls Jazz Club in (NY), The Jazz Kitchen (IN), and The Dakota (MN), the Chicago Jazz Festival, Russia, Ukraine, and Colombia, South America.
James Sanders
James Sanders
Composer and violinist James Sanders earned a Master’s Degree in performance from Yale University. He is a member of the Chicago Sinfonietta since 1992 and leads several critically acclaimed jazz ensembles, including Conjunto, Proyecto Libre and the Blue Violin Quartet. He has performed internationally at major jazz festivals in Brazil, France, Poland and Italy. In 2011, Conjunto headlined at Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago before an audience of 10,000 people. His group Proyecto Libre was featured at the 2016 Chicago Jazz Festival. jamessandersviolin.com
Leandro Lopez Varady
Leandro Lopez Varady
Leandro Lopez Varady. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Graduated from the U.C.A. Majored in Composition receiving a Gold Medal & Honorable Mention. Toured Asia with the Eldeé Young Quartet. Recorded a solo piano CD entitled “Snail Shell”. 2011 joined the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic. Traveled to Poland & Cuba to perform at the Poznan Jazz Festival and the Havana Jazz Festival. Part of CRDT as pianist and composer since 2008. Currently teaches Jazz Ensemble and Applied Piano at Lewis University.
Pharez Whitted
Pharez Whitted
Pharez Whitted has performed at the Presidential Inauguration and major jazz festivals, on The Billboard Music Awards and in Carnegie Hall, and with Branford Marsalis, John Mellencamp, Nancy Wilson, Chaka Khan and his uncle Slide Hampton. He studied at DePauw University and Indiana University. He taught at Wabash College, Ohio State University and Chicago State University, and is Director of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras Jazz Orchestra. He has 2 CDs on the MoTown Jazz Label and 3 others.
Juli Wood
Juli Wood
For the past twenty years with four albums as a leader, several studio projects as a side man, and countless worldwide performances, saxophonist, vocalist and composer Juli Wood has established herself as a solid, swinging, lyrical and entertaining performer on Chicago’s music scene. Juli has played many jazz clubs and festivals nationally and internationally; Chicago Jazz Fest, Hyde Park Jazz Fest, Milwaukee’s Summeriest, Chicago’s main jazz clubs – Jazz Showcase, Green Mill, & Andy's.
Venue Information:
Links Hall At Constellation
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/