Chicago Dancers United (CDU) has announced the lineup for Dance for Life 2020: United as One, a digital event showcasing Dance for Life (DFL) performances from the past 29 years and a world premiere finale. The event takes place August 10-15, through CDU’s website, chicagodancersunited.org.
Beginning August 10, CDU will post videos of past DFL performances, which will remain available throughout the week. Dance supporters and enthusiasts who donate $20 or more will receive emails with links promoting different videos daily, along with background on the works themselves.
The culminating virtual celebration on August 15, the original date for the 29th anniversary of DFL scheduled at the Auditorium Theatre, will be a festive evening featuring a world premiere choreographed by Hanna Brictson in response to COVID-19 with dancers from throughout the Chicago area, along with a DFL highlights reel, celebrity MCs, remarks from sponsors, information about resources available through The Dancers’ Fund, news about the 30th Anniversary DFL in 2021 and more. Donors of $20 or more will receive a special link to “attend” this finale event.
The 2020 lineup includes a work by each of the partner companies that participate every year: Giordano Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and The Joffrey Ballet, as well as Hanna Brictson and Dancers, Chicago Dance Crash, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, Luna Negra Dance Theater, River North Dance Chicago, Thodos Dance Chicago, Visceral Dance Chicago and more.
DFL brings Chicago’s dance community together thanks to dancers who generously donate their time, energy and artistry to support The Dancers’ Fund, which provides financial assistance to dance company professionals diagnosed with a critical health need. The Fund has been temporarily expanded to help support dance community members who need financial assistance with routine medical expenses due to the pandemic. DFL also supports two partner agencies: AIDS Foundation Chicago, which mobilizes diverse communities across Illinois living with HIV; and the American Cancer Society, which is leading the fight for a world without cancer.
Dance for Life 2020: United as One will take place August 10-15. For more information, visit chicagodancersunited.org.