History & Mission

mover, shaker (Nana) Shineflug's zest never wavers . . . choreographer, teacher, performer, and den mother to countless dancers and dance enthusiasts. She keeps on moving, still a pioneer.

Chicago Tribune
Celebrating its 40th season, the Chicago Moving Company is one of Chicago's most celebrated modern dance companies. Founded in 1972, CMC is celebrated for its artistic innovation and powerful performance style. Under the direction of master-artist Nana Shineflug (recipient of four Choreographic Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Chicago Dance Coalition's Lifetime Service to the Field Award, and a 2010 Fulbright, among other honors), the company performs throughout Chicago and has toured to notable venues such as The Hebbel Theater, Berlin. Germany; Teatro Danza, Mexico City; Theater Artaud, San Francisco; Teatro Vila Velha, Salvador, Brazil; and collaborated with world-class organizations including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (at Orchestra Hall) and the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago. Shineflug's work as a solo-artist, performer, guest choreographer and teacher has been presented throughout Chicago and has toured to India, Israel, and recently to the People's Republic of China. In 2007-11 the company entered into an ongoing cultural exchange with the Arts Council of Mongolia, including a month-long tour (April/May 2010) to Ulan Bataar, Mongolia with a performance at the I-Loft.

The Chicago Moving Company is well-known for its vigorous performance style and highly-evolved, imagistic, and energy-based choreography "bold, gutsy . . . this is modern dance at its highest stage of development" (Chicago Sun-Times). Repertory includes abstract "pure, powerful" (Chicago Reader) movement works and pieces that reflect Shineflug's interest in mathematics; cosmology; and Far-Eastern culture, religion, and history. CMC is noted for the skilled use of new music in its pieces, including recent scores by Stone (for "Urban Nostalgia") and Basil Abott/Sherry Antonini for "Ink".

CMC is also recognized nationally as a leader and standard-setter in services for artists, community arts, and arts-education. Since 1995 CMC has been Arts-Partner-in-Residence at the Hamlin Park Theater (HPT) in Chicago's vibrant Roscoe Village neighborhood--and continues to develop the space as a theater, class, and workshop space for the community (Arts Partners is a program of the Chicago Park District that unites artists and communities in Chicago parks). CMC harbors three talented Chicago choreographers ( Rachel Bunting, Ayako Kato & Atalee Judy) as Artists-in-Residence at the HPT and also operates the Performance Project there for artists producing their own work.

Mission Statement

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