Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) spotlights Chicago’s exceptional and diverse percussive dance community with the second annual citywide STOMPING GROUNDS series, culminating with the Auditorium Theatre’s grand finale: Chicago Rhythm Fest. Showcasing African, Irish, Mexican, Spanish, Japanese and American cultural traditions, this multi-performance event is a celebration of the rhythmic arts that connects diverse communities through rhythm.
STOMPING GROUNDS ia a series of free events in six distinct communities showcasing five of Chicago’s most accomplished percussive dance companies: CHRP’s resident ensemble BAM!, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theatre, Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago, Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago and Trinity Irish Dance Company, along with special guest Tsukasa Taiko. Each event features a host company, a guest company and featured artists, along with a Q and A with the artists, food trucks and costume exhibitions.
- April 4: Chicago Cultural Center
- April 16: Irish American Heritage Center
- April 27: Garfield Park Conservatory
- May 2: Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU)
- May 15: National Museum of Mexican Art
- May 21: DuSable Museum of African American History
- June 4: Chicago Rhythm Fest concludes with a concert featuring all five companies at the Auditorium Theatre