Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble’s 5th annual Full Circle Danztheatre Festival, Milestones, featured 9 companies and artists on March 13-14, 2008 at the Hamlin Park Studio Theatre.
Kate McIlvain’s Three Men in Two Parts studied three young men during the course of their night in a bar. Shabam! Productions’ West Side Story Redux celebrated the 50th anniversary of the musical by using the musical as a lens through which to view the themes of racism and division that are still resonant today. Core Project will presentedTransient Views, a portion of a year long study of the changing roles of women. Shahina’s Forty-two explored the many facets of self discovery and growth arising out of mid-life. Christy Munch’s Rubber Coated Chlorine was a tongue-in-cheek wink at “political speak,” incorporating text spoken by Adlai Stevenson to the United Nations in 1962. Soul Theatre explored our relationship with death in Divino Juventud (Divine Youth), as a young man is lured into a labyrinth by Death, unconventionally portrayed by a woman. Perceptual Motion’s Garden of Stones created a rich landscape reminiscent of Milhaud’s The Reapers, with each performer marking her milestone moments with bits of text, gesture and stones. Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble’s Pilgrim Baptist Church-Rebuild/Renew was inspired by the congregation, the history of the Bronzeville church and the music of Mahalia Jackson. Wannapa Pimtong-Eubanks’ White Balloon, performed in the traditional Butoh style, told the story of a girl’s awkward journey with a white balloon.