Elements Ballet is thrilled to announce its 2018-2019 Events Series, comprising four diverse programs that showcase new choreography and improvised ballet in a variety of spaces and contexts throughout Chicago.
The series will begin on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 7:30 PM with Elements and Chill, Elements’ second-annual one-night dance film festival. Held at Stage 773 in the vibrant Belmont Theatre District (1225 W. Belmont Ave.), Elements and Chill will feature original short films produced by Elements choreographers and dancers in partnership with local filmmakers. “The concept for these films is to view the art and aesthetic of Elements through the lens of different filmmakers,” notes Joseph Caruana, Executive Director of Elements and a participating choreographer
Audiences will have the rare opportunity to see a fully improvised evening-length ballet at SOAKED, with two performances on Thursday, February 14 and Friday, February 15, 2019 at 7:30 PM. Elements dancers will improvise movement to an original score developed and performed live by vocalist and composer ALEXA GRAE. Incorporating improvisation into its rehearsals on a regular basis, Elements brings this uniquely Chicagoan artistic tradition into the realm of ballet. Held at the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse at 3035 N. Hoyne Ave., SOAKED will showcase the Company’s signature style and philosophy of movement, which combines an emphasis on the form and rigorous training of classical ballet with the freedom and expressiveness of contemporary dance.
On Saturday, May 4, 2019, Elements will reprise its innovative 2017 performance and fundraiser, In the Garden of Atlantis. Looking ahead to the 2020 world-premiere of its full-length original ballet in production, Atlantis, this event will introduce audiences to the latest pieces of choreography from this major passion project by Artistic Director Mike Gosney and co-choreographers. Like the 2017 event, In the Garden of Atlantis will feature a gallery-style ambience with new work by artists in media including visual art, fashion design and photography, all on the theme of the mythical island civilization. In the Garden of Atlantis will take place at the Fulton Street Collective, located at 1821 W. Hubbard St., Suite 307, from 7-10 PM.
Building on the growing anticipation and excitement that Elements has cultivated around Atlantis, the Elements Ballet Events Series will culminate with the first full-length preview of the ballet, Atlantis 2020, on Saturday, August 24 2019 at 8:00 PM at the Athenaeum Theatre (2936 N. Southport Ave.). Audiences will have the opportunity to view the ballet in its current stage of development, from start to finish, including raw choreography and puppetry developed in collaboration with Rough House Theater. Throughout the process of developing Atlantis, Elements has engaged audiences at each stage, providing regular choreography previews, open rehearsals and opportunities to see components of production including storyboard art, libretto excerpts and preliminary costume design. Atlantis 2020 will bring these various components together in a stripped-down version of the later 2020 world-premiere.
For the first time, this season Elements is offering subscription packages that include tickets to each of these four events at a discounted rate plus a free ticket to the Summer Intensive Student Concert on Saturday, August 3, 2019, The Fifth Element.
Subscriptions are $150 – a 25% savings compared to single tickets – and must be purchased before the first event on November 9. Single tickets to each event range from $20 to $75.