Concert Dance INC.

Concert Dance Inc

ABOUT CDI

CDI is the official contemporary dance company and an Artist In-Residence at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts in Chicago, IL.

THE COMPANY

Consisting of dancers who not only excel in technique but also creativity; providing their own choreographic ideology to produce unique performances.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE

Come and experience Concert Dance Inc. perform live in one our our upcoming dance concerts.

Who Am I?

Venetia Stifler

I am an Emmy-nominated choreographer and director, the Executive and Artistic Director of The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, guiding the vision of the organization left to Chicago by the dance icon and pioneer Ruth Page. I am also the Artistic Director of CDI/Concert Dance Inc., the official contemporary dance company of the Ruth Page Center, which performs choreography by myself and other leading contemporary artists while also exploring and re-envisioning Ms. Page’s work.

Upon her death in 1991, Ruth Page left behind a rich artistic legacy that included a school of dance, archival library, theater, offices for arts groups, groundbreaking choreography, and The Ruth Page Center for the Arts. A commitment to meeting the needs of the Chicago dance community led to a re-focus and re-organization of the Ruth Page Center in 1999, resulting in the Executive Director position and renewed life for the organization. Since becoming its Executive and Artistic Director in 2000, I have helped to bring into greater focus the Ruth Page Center’s mission of ensuring that children and dance artists have a place to study, work and perform at the highest level of excellence.

I re-envisioned production of Ruth Page’s groundbreaking 1947 “ballet carton” Billy Sunday came alive again in 2007 with several stage productions and in the PBS documentary produced by HMS Media. A two-year project, Billy Sunday not only brought this masterpiece work to new audiences, but also garnered several Emmy nominations from The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The 40th Anniversary

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Our Amazing Dancers

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Venetia Stifler

Artistic Director
Venetia Stifler is an Emmy-nominated choreographer and director, and the Executive and Artistic Director of The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, guiding the vision of the organization left to Chicago by the dance icon and pioneer Ruth Page. She is also the Artistic Director of CDI/Concert Dance, Inc., the official contemporary dance company of the Ruth Page Center, which performs choreography by Ms. Stifler herself, and other leading contemporary artists, while also exploring and re-envisioning Ruth Page’s work.

In 1981 she formed CDI/ Concert Dance, Inc., a company on which she could explore choreography as a collaborative art. Described by the Chicago Sun-Times as “wonderfully dramatic,” Concert Dance, Inc. has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Trained as a dancer, Ms. Stifler worked in both Chicago and New York with such legendary artists as Jennifer Mueller, Alwin Nikolais, and Merce Cunningham. She went on to a national and international performing career that spanned over a decade. Ms. Stifler holds a Ph.D. in Dance and Choreography, and serves as Coordinator of Dance at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, where she is a tenured faculty member. She was selected in 2015 to NewCity’s annual “Players 2015” list, which honors leaders within the Chicago arts and culture community by recognizing those who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make art happen in Chicago.

Jamie Farrell

Rehearsal Director

Edson Cabrera

Dancer

Halina Tutaj

Dancer

Jacob Buerger

Dancer

Jessie Gutierrez

Rehearsal Director

Olivia Gonzalez

Dancer

Rigoberto Fernandez Saura

Dancer

Rodolfo Sanchez

Dancer

Blogs

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“Pay for towels”

The day after the concert was our final day. I woke to some angry talk coming from down the hall, I went to investigate. I

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What time is the show?

The days in the studio flew by. The university cameras captured every step of our dancing, and our hosts  asked for copies of our music.

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The Missing Coffee Cup

Unfortunately, my efforts to communicate on this trip were less successful. Each day, our group and our Chinese hosts ate our meals together in the

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Terra Cotta Soldier Dance

As I view the dancers in the video below, I’m struck by their generosity and skill. Jorge on the right of the screen and Garrent

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