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Stage Notes — MacArthur Grants awarded; Joffrey and Luna Negra head to Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

Updated: December 21, 2011 5:42PM


In its effort to boost the global profile of Chicago and its rich artistic landscape, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded a total of $504,000 in new grants to 12 Chicago arts and culture organizations to help support their collaborations with nine arts groups in other countries. The grants are the first of two rounds of support from the Foundation’s International Connections Fund, which will give a total of $1 million in awards by the end of 2012.

Recipients of the grants include: Aguijon Theater Company (working in Columbia); the Chicago Humanities Festival (collaborating with the Edinbugh-based Imaginate Festival); the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (working in the Netherlands); Chicago Shakespeare Theater (working with London’s Globe Theatre); DanceWorks Chicago (collaborating on a project in Mexico); the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance (collaborating on a project with Brazil); the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) Foundation, Inc. (also collaborating with Brazil); Links Hall (in a collaboration with Cuba); the Lucky Plush dance company (for a project with New Zealand); Luna Negra Dance Theater (for a collaboration with a dance company in Alicante, Spain); the Museum of Contemporary Art (for another Cuban collaboration), and The Seldoms dance troupe (for an exchange involving Taiwan).


Two Chicago dance companies — the Joffrey Ballet and Luna Negra Dance Theater — have been invited to perform in the 80th anniversary summer season of the fabled Massachusetts-based Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (running June 16-Aug. 26, 2012). They will be joined by companies from around the globe and throughout the United States.

Luna Negra will perform July 18-22, 2012. The Joffrey will perform Edwaard Liang’s “Age of Innocence,” Aug. 22-26, 2012. The Joffrey company has been to Jacob’s Pillow before, but this marks the first time Luna Negra, Chicago’s Latino-infused troupe, will be seen there.


David Rosenberg, who has served as the tireless communications director for Steppenwolf Theatre since 2007, will be moving on to a new job he has not yet named. During Rosenberg’s tenure at Steppenwolf he dealt with all aspects of public relations for the theater as it saw two of its productions move to Broadway — the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning “August: Osage County” and “Superior Donuts” — and as it greatly expanded its new plays productions here. Prior to his Steppenwolf job, Rosenberg worked at the public relations firm of Margie Korshak Inc., and in local television.

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