Visceral to premiere Danielle Agami work

2017 Fall Engagement by Visceral Dance ChicagoVisceral Dance Chicago will launch its fifth season with its annual Fall Engagement, performing the program at both North Shore Center for the Performing Arts and the Harris Theater in Millennium Park, the company’s home theater. This year’s Fall Engagement will include a world premiere by Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Recipient Danielle Agami, as well as returning audience favorites.


With an original composition by Glen Kotche, the drummer from groundbreaking American rock band Wilco, Agami’s Pick a Seat will delve into the simple workings, habits and attitudes of everyday life in an exploration of the ordinary.


Nick Pupillo’s She Three will return to the stage, bringing three of Visceral’s female dancers to the forefront in this technically masterful and harmonious work. Brian Sidney Bembridge’s specific and intriguing lighting is featured throughout She Three, creating a formidable and tangible connection between the dancers onstage.


Marguerite Donlon’s dynamic, dark-humored Ruff Celts will return to the Harris stage for the second time. Inspired by the personalities of the dancers, Donlon uses a mixed score of contemporary Irish and German composers. Fusion of contemporary and deconstructed technical vocabularies define this sharp-witted, quirky, full-company work that has become a crowd favorite.


Returning to the company’s offerings is Montreal-based Mark Godden’s Minor Threat, an incredibly technical ballet that showcases each of the dancers’ versatility and strength. The choreography is set to Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D minor No. 20.


Pupillo’s most recent creation, Synapse, will also return. This work was commissioned for Visceral Dance Chicago by the Harris Theater for Music and Dance with support from the Pamela Crutchfield Dance Fund through the Imagine Campaign. It is an LED-light immersive experience with electrical energy joining the driving house beat of Darryl Hoffman’s work.


This Fall Engagement will be presented at North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie on September 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago on October 7 at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit


Image courtesy of Visceral Dance Chicago. Photo by Quinn B. Wharton.