STOMPING GROUNDS is a free and affordable two-month citywide celebration of authentic, rhythmic dance companies from a variety of world cultures, including American tap, Spanish, Mexican, African, Indian, Native, and Irish dance. The series culminates with the grand finale at the Harris Theater on Friday, May 31.
The series visits Chicago’s west side neighborhood on Wednesday, April 3 at the Garfield Park Conservatory. Reservations for free seats will be honored on a first come, first serve basis starting 30 minutes prior to each event’s starting time. Unclaimed reservations are released to people on the waiting list.
Each STOMPING GROUNDS event, known as a “Performalogue,” features the performers and Artistic Directors of selected companies in a narrated performance and Q&A with the audience. And each event features a different lineup! For a list of locations and lineups, please see below.
The featured Chicago companies are:
- Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s “Stone Soup Rhythms”
- Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
- Mexican Folk Dance Company of Chicago
- Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
- Natya Dance Theatre
- Trinity Irish Dance Company
- Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble
Free Tickets: Reservations for free seats will be honored on a first come, first served basis starting 30 minutes prior to each event’s starting time. At 10 minutes before showtime, all unclaimed free reservations will be released to people on the waiting list.
Seating capacity is limited and guests and patrons will be seated in the order in which they arrive. The box office will open one hour before showtime; the auditorium will open for general admission seating approximately 30 minutes before showtime.