"Dance Down by The River"an evening of Chicago dance and musicis coming to the Riverwalk in conjunction with Art on theMART thanks to a Chicago Presents grant awarded by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) to Open The Circle, a Chicago-based non-profit devoted to channeling resources into grassroots creative projects.
Open the Circle places a special emphasis on Chicago footwork, a dance style born in the 1980s to sounds of house music on the west side of Chicago.
Footwork is also featured in Art on theMART's "Footnotes" projection, which kicks off this summer's nightly program of projections. This live eventslated for Friday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m.spotlights dancers and musicians that present uniquely Chicagoan beats, rhythms and dance moves.
The night will kick off with a live jazz set along the Chicago Riverwalk between Franklin and Wells Street at 7 p.m., headlined by local clarinetist/composer Angel Bat Dawid, and followed by a dance performance by The Era Footwork Crew.
The Era Footwork Crew are prominently featured in "Footnotes" the animated projection produced by artists and filmmakers Wills Glasspiegel and Brandon K. Calhoun as a part of Art on theMART's "The Year of Chicago Music" program. Following The Era Footwork Crew will be four Chicago youth dance groups that will show off their moves in a final round of performances, culminating with a surprise performance on the water before the nightly showing of "Footnotes" on theMART's riverside facade at 9 p.m.
Inclement weather on Sept. 10 will prompt a rescheduling of "Dance Down by The River" to Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.
"Footnotes" is on view twice nightly on the riverside facade of theMART at 9 and 9:30 p.m. through Sept. 16.
For more information on Art on theMART, visit artonthemart.com .