Masks and Myths: Devils and Dancers from Sri Lanka
Saturday, October 6, 7:30 PM Sunday, October 7, 3:00 PM Performance Hall, Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th St The Mandala Ensemble and Sri Lankan dancers and drummers present a cross-cultural collaboration featuring authentic artistry and new choreography bridging traditional Sri Lankan dance and contemporary influences. In 1893, Chicago hosted the World's Columbian Exposition, with numerous pavilions built to represent various African and Asian nations included “Ceylon,” as Sri Lanka was then known. Exposition organizers often chose to present the arts and culture of these “colonial conquests” as a spectacle with no artistic context or input. Now, 125 years later, Sri Lankan dancers and musicians, along with guest artists, present an updated version of international exchange with an honest and authentic rendition of their artistry and other cultures presented at the Columbian Exposition including Balinese Gamelan, Japanese classical dance, and African drumming.
Tickets: $25 General | $50 VIP | $15 Senior | $15 Student or Performer (ID required)
This performance will run approximately two hours with two intermissions.
Saturday, October 27, 7:30 PM Performance Hall, Logan Center for the Arts 915 E 60th St A Cerqua Rivera concert is an immersive experience. Months of intensive collaboration build art that's uniquely resonant and compelling. Audience members recognize and feel recognized by the stories this diverse company tells. They respond with tears of empathy, shouts of approval and raucous applause. How will Cerqua Rivera move you? 2018– the company’s 19th season – is an exploration of Identity – who we are and how we got this way. Cerqua Rivera is making four major works fusing dance and music. At the fall concert series, you'll experience these world premiere pieces plus selections from the company’s repertoire in full production, performed by its complete dance ensemble and jazz band. American Catracho (part 3) by Cofounder and Artistic Director Wilfredo Rivera ROOT: mwanzo wa mwili ni roho by 3Arts Awardee Monique Haley and Cofounder Joe Cerqua The Process Takes a Lifetime by 2018 Choreography Fellow Joshua Ishmon and Chicago jazz legend Pharez Whitted Sin Fronteras by Wilfredo Rivera and Grammy nominee Clarice Assad, arranged by Music Director Stu Greenspan Don’t miss the culmination of 2018 and a chance for this unique artistic ensemble to nourish your mind and soul.
Tickets: $30 in advance | $35 at the door | $5 discount for students and seniors (65+)
This performance will run approximately 75 minutes with no intermission.