Ravinia Festival, Highland Park IL

  • Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 7:30pm

  • Friday, June 8, 2018 - 7:30pm

Artistic Director Venetia Stifler’s Brilliant Choreography Celebrates An American Music Icon, Chicago’s Architecture and Spanish and American Poets in this Year’s Festival

CDI/Concert Dance Inc. returns to the Ravinia Festival as part of the annual Ruth Page Festival of Dance Thursday, June 7 and Friday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Ravinia’s Bennett Gordon Hall. Ravinia is located at 418 Sheridan Rd., and gates to the event open at 5 p.m. Regularly commissioned by Ravinia to present new works, the CDI performance marks the return of the 2015 commissioned piece "Fly Me to the Moon" as well as, the return of last year’s world premiere: Artistic Director Venetia Stifler’s critically-acclaimed full-length work originally created in 1985 but reimagined for the 21st century, "The Chicago Project: Future Present." This year’s audience will be privy to the development of Stifler’s newest work in progress, "Words with Music & Dance," commissioned by the Poetry Foundation.

Ruth Page first began her association with Ravinia in 1926 and today the Ruth Page Festival of Dance continues her legacy and dedication to dance, new ideas and breathtaking performances. An annual favorite with sold-out performances, CDI opens the Ruth Page Festival of Dance and the 2018 Ravinia Season.

"Fly Me To The Moon" returns to Ravinia where it was commissioned and made its world premiere in 2015. The piece features music by Frank Sinatra and showcases the entire company performing to Stifler’s choreography. "The Chicago Project: Future Present," which premiered last summer, celebrates the genius of Chicago architecture through movement, image and sound. Using Louis Sullivan’s system of architectural ornament as a starting point the work explores some of Chicago’s most iconic environments. And in 2018, CDI debuts a work in progress, "Words With Music & Dance." Inspired by a concept conceived by Ruth Page, this new work explores two poems with music and dance. First, Frederico García Lorca poem “La Guitar” is explored. The poem describes how the guitar makes dreams cry and holds sighs in its black wooden reservoir. Stifler’s piece expands on Lorca's metaphorical, sensual and soulful imagery through dance. The next section of the work responds to Langston Hughes' "Lonely House". The poetic images of creaking stairs and empty doorways describe both social and personal isolation. The Lorca section is accompanied by acoustic Viennese guitar, played by Brian Torosian while Hughes’ section is performed with Kurt Weill's "Lonely House " as arranged by James Moorehead and sung by soprano, Christina Chakos Kaloyanides.

BGH Classics Series – $10 Reserved Seating

Reserved seating tickets are available for $10 and may be purchased at or via phone by calling 847.266.5100. No lawn seating will be available. 

For additional information, please call Silvino da Silva at 312-337-6543 or email