GloGlobal Connections: Ireland
Access Contemporary Music concludes its 2015–16 season with an exploration of music by Irish composers. The U.S. premiere of David Fennessey’s 5 Hofer Photographs serves as the concert’s centerpiece, inspired by the work of 20th-century photographer Evelyn Hofer.
Friday, May 6, 7 p.m., International House, $20 at the door, $15 online.
Basant Mahotsav: Spring Concert of South Asian Music and Dance
This Saturday, UChicago’s South Asian Music Ensemble presents Basant Mahotsav, its annual spring showcase. Performances will range from kathak dancing to nagaswaram playing, featuring both student performers and vocals from the Department of History professor Dipesh Chakrabarty. The event is sponsored by the Department of Music, the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and the Logan Center for the Arts.
Saturday, May 7, 7:30 p.m., Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Penthouse, free with reception to follow.
CSDS presents: Electro Swing
If you thought you could only swing dance to music from the ’20s–’50s, you’re in for an electric shock. This Saturday, the Chicago Swing Dance Society will be hosting its second electro swing night at Ida Noyes. Swing by in your brightest and sparkliest clothes to dance under disco lights with glow sticks. There will be a beginner East Coast Swing lesson from 7:30–8:30 p.m., followed by open dancing until 11 p.m.
Saturday, May 7, 7:30–11 p.m., East Lounge, Ida Noyes, free.
Apsara Presents Navarasa: Reimagined
Combining the English translation of Vicente Huidobro’s epic poem Altazor with a set of unique soundtracks, Navarasa: Reimagined portrays the nine classical emotions known as Navarasa. The show will feature eight dance vignettes designed to continue Apsara’s goal of exploring the relationship between storytelling movements and pure technique. Together, this combination will illuminate a deeply-rooted artistic tradition for modern audiences.
Thursday, May 7, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Logan Theater West, tickets available at tickets.uchicago.edu.
The Underground Collective Presents: Anatomy
Twelve performers—poets, rappers, comedians, and dancers—will present an original body of work at The Revival next Friday, exploring subjects that range from love to the matriarchy. Having performed at various events throughout the year, the Collective has proven time and time again that it is not a force to be underestimated.
Friday, May 13, doors open at 6:30 p.m., The Revival, $4 (or roll a die and pay the number of the side you land on).