Contemporary Dance Group to Give Southeast a Dramatic Show


Photo of three dancers in River North Dance Company

River North Dance Company offers robust performances with brilliant artistry that inspires audiences.


Feb. 13, 2010 — River North Dance Company has been astonishing audiences for two decades and will now be performing at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus on March 2.  The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall.   The nationally acclaimed River North Dance Company performs a wide array of jazz-based contemporary dances that will move any type of audience.  Their March 2 performance is part of a two–week tour which includes Dance St. Louis at the Touhill, McKendrie University in Lebanon, Ill., and the Capitol Civic Center in Maitowoc, Wis.This presentation is supported by Mid-America Arts Alliance with generous underwriting by the National Endowment for the Arts, Missouri Arts Council, and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.River North is known for its highly skilled and emotive dancers, stimulating music and bold, commanding choreography.  While the past two decades have shaped its signature style, River North Chicago will look to the future in this, its 20th season, bringing daring and exhilarating new works to the stage.  These premieres will focus on the essence of River North Chicago: brilliant artistry and robust performances that invite audiences to be energized, delighted and inspired. River North Chicago Company dance pieces use props, such as simple folding chairs,while some tell love stories and others are full production numbers with the whole stage filled with talented dancers.  Beautiful solos also are included in their performance.  The dances are influenced by culture, music, style, movement and the fusion of dancers.This year is the group’s 20th anniversary season with three new choreographed pieces that are all extremely different.  Each piece is designed beautifully to flow with hand-selected music.  Some pieces are quick or slow, some short or long.  They vary in type and style which keeps the audience on the edge of their seat.  “When you see a company like this, you’re just amazed at the physicality of their performance,” said Bob Cerchio, assistant director at the River Campus.  “These are stunning men and women, moving to music in ways you didn’t realize were possible.  Just when you think you’ve seen it all, the next piece proves you wrong.  The lifts, the catches, costumes, lighting and music – they all come together in a breathtaking performance.”The River North Chicago Dance Company was founded in 1989 by four talented dancers and choreographers.  The group was selected to be one of nine groups to participate in the second round of the Continental Harmony Project by the American Composers Forum.  The Continental Harmony Project creates community involved art initiatives.  PBS also televised a special hour long program called “Every Dancer Has a Story,” which featured the Company. Frank Chaves is the artistic director for the group, although some pieces have different choreographers who created them to captivate the audience.  The show is diverse in every way, but it flows together beautifully.    TicketsTickets may be purchased at the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651-2265. Tickets also may be purchased at any MetroTix outlet, online at, keyword, “River North,” or by calling toll-free: (800) 293-5949.