Fall Showcase: The 'Expanding Universe' Project

October 15, 2021 @ 7:00PM — October 17, 2021 @ 5:00PM Central Time (US & Canada)

Works by Nejla Yatkin, Rigo Saura, and Nelson Reyes!

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Ruth Page's 'Expanding Universe' Reimagined and More

There are currently no tickets available for this event, but you can still make a donation.


About the Fall Showcase: The Expanding Universe Project

In 1932, Ruth Page, in collaboration with artist Isamu Noguchi, created an iconic solo entitled Expanding Universe. This year, in celebration of our 50th anniversary, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts has commissioned Chicago-based dancemaker Nejla Yatkin, to create a re-imagined Expanding Universe on the Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company.

Yatkin’s new work pays homage to Page’s original solo, and will debut in our home theater at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, October 15-17, 2021.

This evening length program will also feature new contemporary works from Rigo Saura and Nelson Reyes, spotlighting dancers from the Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company and School of Dance. Saura’s work Pink Nights Never End is presented in collaboration with Chicago Dancemakers Forum, as part of the 2021 Production Residency Pilot Project.

*Audiences are still required to wear masks while in the building and attending the performance.
** Any contributed donations will be applied to our "50k for 50 Years" Anniversary Campaign

Dive Deeper:

To learn more about Ruth Page and her groundbreaking work in developing Expanding Universe, visit our friends at the Newberry Library for their exhibition running Friday, September 10 – Thursday, December 30, Chicago Avant-Garde: Five Women Ahead of Their Time. Chicago Avant-Garde tells the story of five women who took radical risks in their lives and in their art.

For more information on this free exhibition go here.

Looking Forward: [POSTPONED]
We are also excited to present a virtual lecture/demonstration from dance scholar Joellen Meglin (Temple University) and dancer Jennifer Conley (New York City), which explores Meglin’s process of recreating Page’s "Expanding Universe" true to its historical form and context. More info to come.