Chicago Project: Future Present

World Premiere

Sept 7-8 Ravinia Festival • Sept 21-22 Ruth Page Center Theater


  • Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 7:30pm

  • Friday, September 8, 2017 - 7:30pm

  • Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 3:00pm

  • Friday, September 22, 2017 - 3:00pm

  • Friday, September 22, 2017 - 7:30pm



Celebrating the genius of Chicago architecture through movement, image and sound.

If you could revisit one of your first successful projects 30 years later and reinterpret it, would you take the risk? In 1985, Artistic Director and Emmy Award-nominated choreographer,Venetia Stifler, created the critically acclaimed “The Chicago Project” with artistic collaborator and visual artist, Frank Vodvarka. Her goal in 2017 was to reimagine this favorite dance using today’s technology, and with the eyes of a choreographer who’s creative process and point of view have evolved.

"The Chicago Project: Future Present" is more than just a performance – its unique storytelling for those who love Chicago architecture, interpreted through movement, image and sound. With the city as context, especially its flair for dynamic engineering and architecture, Chicago architecture has been an expression of creativity at once inspirational and practical, physical and social, dramatic and introspective. The project begins with sketches from Louis Sullivan’s A System of Architectural Ornament: According with a Philosophy of Man’s Powers, which sets the tone. Section follows section exploring the spiritual and formal relationships between architectural and kinetic design. The music and choreography interact with sets consisting of photographic projections by Mr. Vodvarka. Thus it is conceived as an interweaving of movement, image and sound.

CDI/Concert Dance Inc is the official contemporary dance company of The Ruth Page Center for the Arts and an Artist In-Residence. "The Chicago Project: Future Present" is partially supported by a CityArts Independent Artist grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. CDI is grateful to the support of the following sponsors: The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, The MacArthur Foundation’s International Connections Fund, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation

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September 7 & 8 • The Ravinia Festival, Highland Park IL
Thur, Sep 7 • 7:30 PM • Fri, Sep 8 • 7:30 PM • $10 Reserved Seats
The program will also include several other works, including audience favorite "Controlled Chaos" set to the music of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong and a new work-in-progress with live accompaniment by Soprano Christina Kaloyanides.

These performances are presented as part of the Ruth Page Festival of Dance, an annual series of dance performances by Ravinia in collaboration with The Ruth Page Center for the Arts and honoring one of Chicago’s most celebrated dancers of all time.


September 21 & 22 • Chicago Architecture Biennial
• Thur, Sep 21 • 3:00 PM (PLEASE NOTE: THE THURSDAY EVENING PERFORMANCE SCHEDULED FOR 7:30PM IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR A PUBLIC PERFORMANCE DUE TO A PRIVATE EVENT)
• Fri, Sep 22 • 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM
The program will also feature a Q&A with choreographer Venetia Stifler and visual artist Frank Vodvarka.
Ruth Page Center for the Arts Theater
$10 Adults/$5 Seniors and Children Under 12
Advanced reservations recommended
The Ruth Page Center for the Arts is a Program Partner of the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial



Tickets: $5-$10 Reserved Seating



• For Tickets to Sept 7-8, the Ravinia Festival

• For Tickets to Sept 21-22, Chicago Architecture Biennial