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Elements Contemporary Ballet


4920 North Glenwood Avenue


Chicago, IL


Elements of Contemporary Ballet

Artistic Director Mike Gosney co-founded Elements with dancer and Managing Director Joseph Caruana in 2005, presenting the company's first full length concert one year later on September 19, 2006 at the Harold Washington Library in downtown Chicago. Using the four elements of nature—fire, earth, air, and water, representing expression, physicality, focus, and freedom—as a basis for creating unique and high caliber new works, Gosney and Caruana have built a repertory that includes work by up-and-coming choreographers from such prestigious companies as Houston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, BJM Danse, Armitage Gone! Dance, and River North Chicago Dance Company.

With an original, distinctive style all its own, the company has now grown to present an annual season at the Athenaeum Theatre on Chicago’s north side, as well as participate in exciting programming such as St. Louis Spring to dance, Palm Desert’s McCallum Theatre Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival, the Chicago Cultural Center’s Dancebridge program, and The A.W.A.R.D. Show! at Dance Center of Columbia College. Currently in the works for Elements Contemporary Ballet’s 8th season are a collaboration with Aerial Dance Chicago and a world premiere original contemporary ballet being created with the Baroque Band titled The Sun King.

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