The Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival takes the pulse of the performing arts

“The strife and challenges in the world are being reflected on stage.”

When Melissa Mallinson and Nicole Gifford co-founded the Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival nine years ago, they were independent choreographers looking for opportunities to show their work in an increasingly dismal environment for the arts. “A number of festivals became defunct around the time of the recession of 2008-’09,” recalls Mallinson.…

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