2021 Fall Showcase

The 'Expanding Universe' Project

Ruth Page Theater
1016 N Dearborn St

  • Friday, October 15, 2021 - 7:00pm

  • Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 7:00pm

  • Sunday, October 17, 2021 - 3:00pm

In 1932, Ruth Page, in collaboration with artist Isamu Noguchi, created an iconic solo entitled "Expanding Universe." This year, in celebration of our 50th anniversary, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts has commissioned Chicago-based dancemaker Nejla Yatkin, to create a re-imagined "Expanding Universe" on the Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company.

Yatkin’s new work pays homage to Page’s original solo, and will debut in our home theater at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, October 15 - 17, 2021.

This evening length program will also feature new contemporary works from Rigo Saura and Nelson Reyes, spotlighting dancers from the Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company and School of Dance. Saura’s work "Pink Nights Never End" is presented in collaboration with Chicago Dancemakers Forum, as part of the 2021 Production Residency Pilot Project.

Friday, October 15th - 7:00pm, Opening Night
Saturday, October 16th – 7:00pm
Sunday, October 17th – 3:00pm

Dive Deeper:

To learn more about Ruth Page and her groundbreaking work in developing "Expanding Universe," visit our friends at the Newberry Library for their exhibition running Friday, September 10 – Thursday, December 30, "Chicago Avant-Garde: Five Women Ahead of Their Time." Chicago Avant-Garde tells the story of five women who took radical risks in their lives and in their art.

To learn more about choreographer, Nejla Yatkin’s creative process in developing the re-imagined "Expanding Universe," join us at Northeastern Illinois University on Tuesday, October 12 at 3:00pm for “Behind the Curtain: The Expanding Universe Project”. Free admission! No RSVP required.

Looking Forward:

We are also excited to present a virtual lecture/demonstration from dance scholar Joellen Meglin (Temple University) and dancer Jennifer Conley (New York City), which explores Meglin’s process of recreating Page’s "Expanding Universe" true to its historical form and context. More info to come.

$35 - General Admission

Get your tickets HERE!

More information on the 2021 Production Residency Pilot Project

More information on the Chicago Avant-Garde Exhibition