Podcast With Choreographer/Dancer WADE SCHAAF


After retiring from his performing career (locally with River North Chicago Dance Company and Thodos Dance Chicago) Wade Schaaf has opened his own dance company, Chicago Repertory Ballet. CRB’s mission involves not only producing the contemporary choreographic voice, but also to incorporate traditional storytelling in dance from a contemporary perspective.

Chicago Repertory Ballet will produce it’s premiere performance at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts on September 21 and 22nd. Both performances will be at7:30pm. The premiere performance will feature three world premiere pieces of choreography by founder and artistic director Wade Schaaf, including “La Vie en Rose” a luscious and playful duet for two dancers and a long train of fabric. Also on the bill, Autumn Eckman (Artistic Director of Giordano Dance Chicago’s second company) contributes a warmly whimsical world premiere trio. Jacqueline Stuart will contribute her A.W.A.R.D. show winning duet “It’s not enough to close your eyes” to the program, along with Schaaf’s Shostakovich Piano Concerto, and “Tres Hip: A love story”.

Chicago Repertory Ballet will host a sneak peek performance Friday, August 24th at6:30pmat the Reva and David Logan for the Arts, at theUniversityofChicago. The performance will include sneak peeks at choreography in the works, video footage, a lecture demonstration, and question and answer with the dancers. Following the performance there will be a reception including live music, food and and drinks, and a silent auction featuring original Chicago Repertory Ballet costume renderings. This event is open to the public.

Chicago Repertory Ballet includes a roster of phenomenal collaborating artists. Artists include John Cartwright, Charlie Cutler, Autumn Eckman, Jennifer Goodman, Elizabeth MacKenzie, Kathleen McCann, Joshua Manculich, Kalin Morrow, Phillip Ollenburg, Dori Santarsiere-Vasquez, Danielle Scanlon, Jacqueline Stewart, and Matthew Wenckowski. The artists are all local to theChicagoarea, and have extensive experience performing nationally and internationally. Information about the company, events, dancers, and performances are available at:



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