CHF 2014: Journeys

The Original Lovely

Elizabeth A. Liebman Program

As a dancer, Darrell Jones has worked with some of the best: Urban Bush Women, Bebe Miller, Min Tanaka, Ralph Lemon. As a choreographer, he reveals surprising moments of vulnerability, sexual intensity, and joy by blending voguing, contemporary dance, and contact improvisation. Winner of a 2013 Bessie Award for choreography, Jones takes the runway at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Ballroom with some of his long-time collaborators. Zachary Whittenburg of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago joins them for a discussion about the latest iteration of their work.

This program is generously underwritten by Elizabeth A. Liebman.

“Darrell Jones, where have you been all my life?”—The New York Times

Photograph by William Frederking

Speakers and Performers

Darrell Jones

Darrell Jones has peformed with a variety of choreographers and companies, including Bebe Miller, Urban Bush Women, Ronald K. Brown, Min Tanaka, and Ralph Lemon. Darrell continues to choreograph and teach and has received fellowships from Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University and Chicago Dancemakers Forum. He is a two-time Bessie award recipient for his collaborative work with Bebe Miller Company as well as his own research in (e)feminized ritual performance. Darrell is presently a tenured faculty member at The Dance Center of Columbia College in Chicago.

Zac Whittenburg

Zachary Whittenburg spent ten years as a professional dancer with companies including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, BJM Danse Montréal and Pacific Northwest Ballet. He has presented choreography in Chicago and Canada and taught ballet and improvisation. As a reporter and critic, Whittenburg has covered architecture and design, food, film, music, technology, travel, visual art, queer culture, and nightlife for the Chicago Reader, Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher, Dance Spirit, Flavorpill, Hoy, Pointe, Time Out Chicago, Total Theatre UK and the Windy City Times.

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Leaders And Thinkers

Darrell Jones
Faculty page at Columbia College

Good Reads

'Hoo-Ha' Wins Bessie Nod: Darrell Jones on his latest work
Alexia Jacques-Casanova interviews Darrell Jones

Online Resources

Darrell Jones "Hoo-Ha (for your eyes only)" Research in 2013 [video]