A new local company makes their debut this weekend at the Ruth Page Center. Chicago Repertory Ballet is the brainchild of Wade Schaaf, a hometown boy and former company member of Thodos and River North. Schaaf created the nine-member company to showcase new work, and narrative work in particular. Schaaf is interested in contemporary storytelling through the vehicle of modern ballet. The debut performance includes two new works by Schaaf: a duet to “La Vie en Rose” and a company piece about disconnection in a hyper-connected world. There’s also a premiere by Giordano’s artistic associate Autumn Eckman and “It’s Not Enough To Close Your Eyes,” the A.W.A.R.D. Show winning duet by Jacqueline Stewart. (Sharon Hoyer)
At the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 North Dearborn, (312)337-6543. Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22 at 7:30pm.