STOMPING GROUNDS and Chicago Rhythm Fest
April 3 – June 2, 2017

Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) spotlights Chicago’s exceptional and diverse percussive dance community with the third annual citywide STOMPING GROUNDS series, culminating with the grand finale at the Harris Theater: Chicago Rhythm Fest. Showcasing African, Irish, Mexican, Spanish, Chinese and American cultural traditions, this multi-performance event is a celebration of the rhythmic arts that connects diverse communities through rhythm.

The 2017 series features the following Chicago companies:

  • Chicago Human Rhythm Project
  • Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theatre
  • Mexican Folkloric Dance Company
  • Muntu Dance Theatre (African and African-American)
  • Trinity Irish Dance Company

STOMPING GROUNDS – FREE Community Events

STOMPING GROUNDS is a two-month series of free events called “performalogues”, presented in distinct communities throughout Chicago, showcasing many of the city’s most accomplished percussive dance companies. Each performalogue features a host company, a guest company and featured artists, along with a Q&A with the artists, food trucks and more.

STOMPING GROUNDS community events are free and open to the public. 

STOMPING GROUNDS 2017 PERFORMALOGUES

Monday, April 3 – 6:00pm
Chicago Cultural Center
featuring all 5 Chicago companies

Saturday, April 8 – 7:30pm
National Museum of Mexican Art
featuring the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company and more

Saturday, April 15 – 7:30pm
DuSable Museum of African-American History
featuring Muntu Dance Theatre and more

Saturday, April 29 – 7:30pm
Irish American Heritage Center
featuring the Trinity Irish Dance Company and more

More event information coming soon!

Grand Finale:
June 2, 2017 at 7:30pm

As the culminating event, many of the percussive dance ensembles featured in Stomping Grounds will perform an awe-inspiring rhythmic spectacle, one evening only at the Studebaker Theater in the Fine Arts Building.

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.