Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 E Randolph Street
Chicago, IL, 60601


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Forge Forward kicks off Season 42 with The Bystander, an imaginative new work by Kyle Abraham, Artistic Director of Abraham.In.Motion (A.I.M.). The award-winning New York based choreographer, called “one of the hottest names in dance” by the Dallas News, brings this new creation to Chicago this fall. The company spent three weeks in September at Dancer’s Workshop in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for an Artistic Residency with Abraham before the premiere in Chicago. Also included in the Forge Forward is the return of Grace Engine, Crystal Pite’s “highly cinematic full company work” (Chicago Sun Times), and the world premiere of This, That, and the Third  by Hubbard Street Choreographic Fellow and Chicago native Rena Butler hailed for her “heady, sexy, funny, brilliantly conceived and executed" choreography by Splash Magazine.

The Bystander commissioned for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago by Dancer’s Workshop in Jackson Hole, WY.  World Premiere on November 7, 2019 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago, IL.

Forge Forward  will last approximately 2 hours, including two 15-minute intermissions. 

Note: The Bystander includes recorded gunshots and screams. This, That, and the Third includes explicit language.

Performance Extras

Join us for Balcony Talks!

Free Thursday-Sunday, 45 minutes prior to performance.

Harris Theater Balcony, Level 3

Join us for a casual conversation about the works in Forge Forward - no reservation is required.  You can join the talk at any time! 


Bill & Orli Staley

Creative Team

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