Ten young choreographers convene in a loft space in Wicker Park to put on a showcase of new work to a standing-room crowd. With virtually no funding and borrowed room, The Open Space Project puts on—for the third time—the kind of intimate, raw performance event increasingly rare in this era of artistic reliance on the corporate dollar. A pre-show exhibition of dance-related video and photography makes the bohemian scene complete. The descriptions of a few pieces on the program read like graduate paper proposals—heady and conceptually ambitious—others seek simply to explore process or the vitality of the form in the moment of performance. A laid back post-show reception encourages the audience to stick around and mingle with the artists. (Sharon Hoyer)
At the Den, 1333 North Milwaukee, second floor, March 18 and 19 at 7:30pm. $12. For advance tickets visit brownpapertickets.com/event/159382.