A Feast of Movement: Free dance in the park | Newcity Stage
RECOMMENDED No matter how endlessly dismal the winters, you've really gotta love Chicago in the summertime; it seems like every band, dance company and arts organization in town plays the Pritzker Pavilion at least once, sometimes two or three times, gratis. Wander past that bandshell resembling a giant space insect sprung from the mind of Frank Gehry any time of any day and you'll either catch a show or see the setup and rehearsal for a show to come. Even the Harris Theater has joined in the populist sentiment, hosting free "ticketed" performances of music and dance throughout the season. The mood is vibrant; Millennium Park has become the omphalos of the city's summertime cultural programming and a remarkably successful use of downtown public space. Next week, the park hosts the third annual Chicago Dancing Festival—four all-you-can-eat days of free performances by sixteen companies from across the United States. Tuesday at the Harris, catch River North, the Oregon Ballet Theatre,