The Den Theatre Presents REPURPOSE: Seven Dance Pieces Inspired By Existing Art By Mary Tarpley March 22 – 24, 2013


 (left to right) Taylor Stewart and Mary Tarpley in “Limb,” choreographed by Kaitlin Webster to be presented as part of The Den’s Theatre’s REPURPOSE created by Mary Tarpley. “Limb” is based on the bronze sculpture ‘Untitled’ by Kiki Smith. Photo by Eddie Eng

(left to right) Taylor Stewart and Mary Tarpley in “Limb,” choreographed by Kaitlin Webster to be presented as part of The Den’s Theatre’s REPURPOSE created by Mary Tarpley. “Limb” is based on the bronze sculpture ‘Untitled’ by Kiki Smith. Photo by Eddie Eng

The Den Theatre is pleased to present its first-ever public dance performance: REPURPOSE by Mary Tarpley, a collection of dance pieces inspired by existing art, playing one weekend only March 22 – 24, 2013 at The Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park Neighborhood.  Tickets are currently available at

Experience seven pieces based on different instigating works of art – from sculpture and visual art to music and theatre.  Choreographers Mary TarpleyStephanie PaulKaitlin Webster and Neile Martin present a different perspective on the way we view and experience art.  Enjoy the repurposing of works by Edgar Allan Poe, Henrik Ibsen, Edward Hopper, Kiki Smith and others.

REPURPOSE performers include Katlyn CraigJessica DhearNeile MartinTaylor StewartMary TarpleyKaitlin WebsterMichael Gee and Mike Steele.

Mary Tarpley (Creator) is a First Company Dancer with Chicago Dance Crash. She has also performed in California for State Street Ballet Santa Barbara, was a Soloist for Santa Barbara Ballet, worked with the City Ballet of Los Angeles as a Principle dancer and choreographer, and danced extensively for L.A.’s Invertigo Dance Theatre under the direction of Laura Karlin.  Internationally, she has performed in Paris, London and throughout Italy. Mary began dancing under the tutelage of Frances Taylor of Ballet Durango. She continued her training at Interlochen Arts Academy as a dance major and graduated from The Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London, UK.  Mary also teaches throughout the Chicago area and is program director for Dance at the Den Theatre. She will serve on faculty for Ballet Durango’s summer program this June.  For additional information, visit


Title:                                       REPURPOSE

Created by:                           Mary Tarpley

Choreographed by:             Mary TarpleyStephanie PaulKaitlin Webster and Neile Martin

Performers:                          Katlyn Craig, Jessica Dhear, Neile Martin, Taylor Stewart, Mary Tarpley, Kaitlin Webster, Michael Gee and Mike Steele.

Location:                               The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago

Dates:                                     March 22  – 24, 2013

Curtain Times:                     Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm; Sunday at 3 pm.

Tickets:                                 $20. Available at


About The Den Theatre

The Den Theatre provides a creative gathering place, an actors’ and artists’ den, a comfortable and affordable home to create and explore, and home to a young storefront company that shares the name. Founder and Artistic Director Ryan Martin saw a diamond in the rough when he first walked onto the bare and empty wood-floored 2nd story of 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. With the potential for innovative live performance in a neighborhood that has long been known for its creative heartbeat, this formerly empty space is now fully equipped with a bar and café, and boasts five unique, intimate theatre spaces on two floors, and enveloped by a never-ending field of lounge space for audiences and like-minded culture hounds to drink, talk, read, watch, think, listen and live. In addition to The Den Theatre Ensemble, Black Box Studio, with its new conservatory program, also calls The Den home, as well as Seanachi Theatre Company, who will be producing their upcoming season at The Den. Theatre and dance companies from Chicago and beyond have also called The Den home, utilizing our theatres, mirrored studio

space and easily convertible cabaret space to accommodate a stream of programming, including plays, musicals, film screenings, classical and jazz performances, dance, improv and stand-up, seminars and speaking engagements.

The Den Theatre is committed to producing theatre that explores our very human search for identity, companionship, and most importantly, a place to call home. Our productions reflect this shared need to find our purpose and to understand our place in the world. By way of this mission, The Den seeks to welcome artists of all disciplines to join our ensemble and our audiences in creating a welcoming atmosphere that we can all call home.