The pulse of tapping feet will thunder from buildings downtown for a fortnight as hundreds of percussive dancers gather for the annual Rhythm World festival, hosted by the Chicago Human Rhythm Project. Week one is a series of intensive residencies at the Fine Arts Building for youth and professional dancers from across the country. Next week features workshops and master classes during the day and public performances in the evenings. Each program is different, giving you just a few angles on a multifaceted American art form; hoofers and jazz musicians riff together at Jazz Showcase on August 1; August 2 is a by-donation informal student and faculty showcase at the Harold Washington Library; and three formal performances at the MCA—featuring virtuosos in their twenties, visiting masters from Canada, and Chicago ensembles respectively—wrap up the festival. (Sharon Hoyer)
Public performances at Jazz Showcase, the Harold Washington Library and the MCA Stage, August 1-6. For tickets to MCA performances call (312)397-4010. Visit chicagotap.org for more info.