STOMPING GROUNDS is a two-month, City-wide festival presented in communities throughout Chicago showcasing many of the city’s most accomplished percussive dance companies. Throughout the festival, unique combinations of artists from multiple ensembles perform and teach in schools and community cultural centers. It starts and ends in a Grand Finale at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park. Every culture and every neighborhood has its own rhythm, and STOMPING GROUNDS celebrates them all . . . TOGETHER!

Celebrate the GRAND FINALE of STOMPING GROUNDS on May 31st, a ground shaking performance featuring all of the STOMPING GROUNDS companies at the Harris Theater! We will also honor the Free for All Fund and the women who have led and supported percussive dance in Chicago: Pamela Crutchfield, Amaniyea Payne, Hema Rajagopalan, Dame Libby Komaiko, Kim Niewiedzial, and Matie M. Ovalle in pre- and post-performance 30th Anniversary Pearl Receptions.

Events and Reservations

Our events offer a mix of free and affordable seats for the entire family.

Free Tickets: Reservations for free seats will be honored on a first come, first served basis starting 30 minutes prior to each event’s starting time. At 10 minutes before showtime, all unclaimed free reservations will be released to people on the waiting list.

$5 Supporter Tickets: $5 Supporter seats will be held until showtime. Supporter seats will not be guaranteed after the show has begun.

Seating capacity is limited and guests and patrons will be seated in the order in which they arrive.  The box office will open one hour before showtime; the auditorium will open for general admission seating approximately 30 minutes before showtime.

Chicago Cultural Center – Kick-Off!
Monday, March 18 
Featuring all of the Stomping Grounds companies

Harris Theater
Wednesday, March 20
Opening Night of Mayumana

Garfield Park Conservatory
Wednesday, April 3
Featuring CHRP’s Stone Soup Rhythms, Natya Dance Theatre, Mexican Folk Dance Company, and Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater.

Carruther’s Center
Friday, April 5
Featuring Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artists – Ayesha Jaco and Nico Rubio

Beverly Arts Center
Saturday, April 13
Featuring CHRP’s Stone Soup Rhythms, Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, Trinity Irish Dance Company, and Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater.

Links Hall
Friday, April 19
What It’s Like To Be Human – Featuring TapMan Productions

National Museum of Mexican Art
Saturday, April 27
Featuring Mexican Folk Dance Company, Natya Dance Theatre, and CHRP’s Stone Soup Rhythms

DuSable Museum of African American History
Saturday, May 11
Featuring Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago, CHRP’s Stone Soup Rhythms, and Mexican Folk Dance Company. Note: Ticket reservations are not open until 2 months prior (March 11).

Irish American Heritage Center
Saturday, May 18
Featuring Trinity Irish Dance Company and Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble, Natya Dance Theatre, CHRP’s Stone Soup Rhythms, and Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago. Note: Ticket reservations are not open until 2 months prior (March 18).

Harris Theater (Grand Finale!)
Friday, May 31 
Featuring all of the Stomping Grounds companies – Muntu Dance Theatre, Natya Dance Theatre, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, Mexican Folk Dance Company, Stone Soup Rhythms and the Trinity Irish Dance Company

Harris Theater (Grand Finale: Pearl Rececptions)
Friday, May 31 
CHRP will honor Pamela Crutchfield and the Chicago Free for All Fund and join our STOMPING GROUNDS partners as they honor the women who have led and supported percussive dance in Chicago: Amaniyea Payne, Hema Rajagopalan, Dame Libby Komaiko (in memoria), Kim Niewiedzial, and Matie M. Ovalle. Join us for one or all of the receptions* to celebrate these women. *All reception tickets include orchestra level performance seating.

2019 Companies

Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Stone Soup Rhythms
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Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theatre
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The Mexican Folk Dance Company of Chicago
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Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
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Natya Dance Theatre
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Trinity Irish Dance Company
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Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble
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Currents

 

 

 

Mayumana’s latest show – CURRENTS – was inspired by the historical “battle of currents” between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla in their quest for finding energy sources for the world. Audience members will be taken on a spectacular journey representing the essence of light and electricity in rhythmic soundscapes and stunning visual effects mapped on the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem .

2018 Videos and Pictures

Ireland's Consul General Brian O'Brian tap dancing with Spain's Consul General Federico Palomera and Mario Gastelum, Administrative Assistant of the Mexican Consulate.
Commissioner Mark Kelly with Lane Alexander
Kids Dance Groups Celebrating the "Year of Creative Youth"
Funding

STOMPING GROUNDS is made possible with major support from the Chicago Free For All Fund at The Chicago Community Trust and Engaging Dance Audiences (a program managed by Dance USA and funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation) with additional funding from The Saints and National Endowment for the Arts. Chicago Human Rhythm Project is supported by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, BMO Harris, The Arlen and Elaine Cohen Rubin Charitable Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City, The Jeanette & Jerome Cohen Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City, Phil and Marsha Dowd, National Endowment for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Broadway in Chicago, Illinois Arts Council Agency, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, L&L Hardwood Flooring, Peoples Gas, The Service Club of Chicago, and generous individual donors.