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Dance stretches across many mediums in May

Theater and movement will become one during the Chicago premiere of Man in a Case featuring the legendary dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov. The piece presented by MCA Stage, Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar of Big Dance Theater is adapted from two short stories by Anton Chekhov. Tickets are $50 (May 16-18) and $100 on opening night (May 15) at MCA Chicago’s Edlis Neeson Theater on 220 E. Chicago Avenue. Free museum admission is included with each MCA Stage ticket for up to seven days after the performance. To order, call 312-397-4010.

On May 17, MCA Chicago’s Teen Creative Agency (TCA) will curate 21Minus. From noon to 5 p.m., teens will lead interactive programs including experimental music, dance, and more. The event is free for those under 22 and their families. For details, visit

With choreography by Angelin Preljocaj, music by Gustav Mahler and costumes by Jean Paul Gaultier, France’s Ballet Preljocaj visits Chicago to debut Snow White (May 2-4) at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. “Snow White combines singular classicism with the excitement of a modern day thriller,” notes Harris Theater President and Managing Director Michael Tiknis. “This is a ballet unlike any other, a visceral mix of style and story with broad appeal—from the athletic choreography to the fashion-forward costumes of Jean Paul Gaultier. We’re proud to bring this highly innovative performance to Chicago for the first time.” Tickets ($40-­$95) are available at or by calling 312-334-7777.

Dancing in Jaffa opens at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre on May 2. The 90-minute documentary follows four-time ballroom dancing champion Pierre Dulaine as he takes his Dancing Classrooms program to Jaffa to teach Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children to dance and compete together. For show times, visit

In Evanston, Northwestern University’s Kids Fare series presents Prancing and Dancing with DanceWorks Chicago to children and their families at 10:30 a.m. on May 17 at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. For tickets ($4-$6) and more information, visit To learn about the company, visit

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