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Splash Magazine - "dancers flowed forth in joy, spinning tales ... that free the spirit"

May 9, 2024

WGN Spotlight Chicago - Cerqua Rivera Celebrates 25 Years

May 9, 2024

Out Chicago - The origin of Cerqua Rivera and Concert Preview (interview begins 1:12:30)

May 5, 2024

New City Stage - "speaks straight to the heart, feeding a hunger [you] may not even realize"

May 1, 2024

New City Stage - Top 5 for Dance

April 24, 2024

WGN News - Cerqua Rivera previews THE SEA by Shannon Alvis and James Sanders & Kevin O'Connell

March 11, 2024

See Chicago Dance - "Running and maintaining a professional dance company is no easy feat ... That’s why we celebrate ... companies like Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre."

February 19, 2024

National Endowment for the Arts honors Cerqua Rivera with a grant for the second year in a row

January 24, 2024

See Chicago Dance - "'Inside Out' ... offers insight into the choreographer’s process of creation"

August 28, 2023

See Chicago Dance - "Cerqua Rivera stunned again"

June 10, 2023

New City Stage - "Through Grief and Frustration, Joy: A Review"

May 24, 2023

Chicago Sun-Times - "World-renowned dance abounds on Chicago-area stages this summer"

May 18, 2023

ComEd and League of Chicago Theatres honor Cerqua Rivera with Powering the Arts Grant

September 16, 2022

Cerqua Rivera opens 76th season of Geneva Concerts (Geneva, NY)

September 12, 2022

Cerqua Rivera begins national touring - University of Arkansas 10/4/22

September 7, 2022

See Chicago Dance - "creates a deeper sense of commitment and intimacy ... makes me yearn to see the completed work next year"

August 8, 2022

New City - Cerqua Rivera's Inside/Out is in the Top 5 for Dance in August

July 27, 2022

Crain's Chicago Business - Cerqua Rivera's Inside/Out is "What to do" this weekend

July 19, 2022

Evanston Cultural Funds supports Cerqua Rivera's programming with a relief grant

July 19, 2022

New City - Cerqua Rivera's Inside/Out is in the Top 5 for Dance in July

June 29, 2022

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre Announces 2022 Inside/Out Series

May 5, 2022

National Endowment for the Arts recognizes Cerqua Rivera with Grants for Arts Project Award

January 11, 2022

New City Stage - "Dance Top 5 of 2021"

December 27, 2021

Chicago Tribune - "Top 10 moments for dance in Chicago in 2021" - "movers and shakers who dazzled audiences against all odds"

December 8, 2021

See Chicago Dance - Cerqua Rivera is "formidable dancers and choreographers of notable Chicago pedigrees" with a "powerful" message

October 4, 2021

Splash Magazine - concert is "outstanding choreography deftly executed by this technically superb troupe"

October 4, 2021

Chicago Reader - October is golden - highighting Cerqua Rivera fall concert

October 1, 2021

Dance Magazine - Cerqua Rivera follows Twyla Tharp's example & involves audiences in its art

July 1, 2021

Beverly Arts Talk - Wilfredo Rivera talks about making work in a pandemic

June 4, 2021

black album. mixtape - Adult Artist Mixtape Award (at 1:15:39)

May 12, 2021

See Chicago Dance - "they seem to possess a blended magic that is difficult to come by"

Apr. 26, 2021

See Chicago Dance - "a new approach for the repertory company that has paid off in spades"

Mar. 18, 2021

Picture This Post - 2021 Season Kickoff "electric and celebratory"

Apr. 25, 2021

New City Stage - "Vulnerability and Redemption in the Room"

Apr. 20, 2021

Splash Magazine - "Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre is a Chicago Delight"

Apr. 8, 2021

Chicago Reader - "As challenging and dark and difficult as these times are, Cerqua Rivera ... looks at it with a lens of hope and unity and joy"

Apr. 19, 2021

Rebellious Magazine - Arts Leaders Discuss the Upside to Lockdown

Feb. 1, 2021

Chicago Tribune - How are small Chicago arts groups doing?

Jan. 26, 2021

October 29, 2020

Picture This Post recommends America / Americans - " a welcome return to quality choreography, score, and lighting"

"America / Americans is recommended to anyone looking for a thoughtful, beautiful, and emotional meditation on the state of the world today, as well as the more general nature of human society."

October 26, 2020

See Chicago Dance raves - America / Americans is "valiant, life affirming"

"Effective focus in all of these works is on the drama of life’s contradictions, conflicts and obstacles, as expressed through the alternating anguish of limbs at odds with each other, the push/pull of conflicting desires with the flowing exultations of expansive suspensions, luscious arching spines and crushing dives."

October 27, 2020

New City Stage names us in the Top 5 for November

October 02, 2020

The Reader names us one of their "favorite things for fall arts"

An overview of theater, dance, music, pop-up performances, and other artists and activists that you should know about

October 16, 2020

Sharon Hoyer interviews Wilfredo Rivera about making art in 2020

SHARON HOYER : ... something I really appreciate about the subjects that you engage with. You know, you’re addressing some of the most pressing and most difficult issues of the time. And they’re problems that can often feel really disheartening or at the very least draining, as you say.  

...One thing I really appreciate is that while you don’t look away from those, those issues, there’s always a spirit of engaging them with joy, with the idea that you’re gonna spread joy. And that’s, it’s just a lovely thing."

September 22, 2020

Interview with Cofounder and Artistic Director Wilfredo Rivera

Wilfredo discusses the history and work of Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre with Tommy Hensel, Director of the Fine and Performing Art Center at Moraine Valley Community College - including the 2016-2019 suite American Catracho.

September 12, 2020

Auditorium Theatre presents Cerqua Rivera - from home

"Although the Auditorium Theatre community can't be together in person at the moment, the theatre's Board and staff are still devoted to connecting with Chicago and beyond. Through At Home With the Auditorium, viewers see performers in action from their own homes and studios."

July 23, 2020

NewCity Stage - Creative Dilemmas: Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre Adapts 2020 Season for the Pandemic

"It’s historic times and it calls for bravery, leadership and strong decision making. As everything around us is coming apart, we as civic-minded artists have something to show about these times. Being quiet was not an option."

July 10, 2020

See Chicago Dance - arts organizations during the pandemic

"Dance companies with modest budgets have fared slightly better. Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre ... salvaged the summer and fall by rethinking programming to incorporate audience restrictions and live-streamed performances."

December 10, 2019

Chicago Tribune - Best in Chicago dance in 2019

"Stunning performances in a year of transition"

October 29, 2019

Splash Magazines reviews Place Between Earth & Sky and ROOT

"CRDT provided sophisticated, moving, beautiful performances to a wide range of audiences"

October 09, 2019

WTTW - "It’s Time to Declare a ‘Year of Chicago Dance’"

"Created and directed by Wilfredo Cerqua (with additional choreography by Noelle Kayser and Christian Denice), and featuring a stunning score by Joe Cerqua superbly performed by the nine-piece Cerqua Rivera Jazz Band, [American Catracho] is an elaborate, richly evocative, at moments sharply satirical evocation of the many stages in the process of immigration."

October 07, 2019

Splash Magazine - "a remarkable one-night-only program of cultural exploration"

"The strong, individualistic and very human modern dance is touching in the extreme as it reveals the layers of human drama experienced by those seeking to escape, hoping for succor, and finding peril and frustration along the way. "

October 05, 2019

See Chicago Dance - "One compelling night of dance"

"In a dynamic split-bill performance that received two standing ovations Friday, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre (CRDT) and Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater captivated a robust Auditorium Theatre audience with an investigation and celebration of immigration and the cultures who have established homes in the United States. "

October 05, 2019

Chicago Tribune - "the combination could not have been more perfect"

"Co-founders Wilfredo Rivera, who choreographed the work, and Joe Cerqua, who composed the score ... clearly and expertly tapped into the various complexities of immigration and Latin American culture"

October 02, 2019

Picture this Post - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

"CRDT exceeds our expectations as stunning lighting guides us through the story of Wilfredo Rivera’s American Catracho, a slang word for a person from Honduras. Rivera examines memory, struggle, identity, perception and assimilating to society in this four part journey through immigrating to this country. This show exposes the elements that connect us all as humans, a story of humanity."

October 02, 2019

Univision interview - American Catracho at the Auditorium

"La danza se toma a Chicago para exaltar a los inmigrantes y celebrar la herencia hispana"

September 30, 2019

Chicago Magazine - "Things to Do in Chicago in October"

"Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre kicks off its 20th season with a performance broadly confronting the current animus toward Latin American migrants, material mined from founding artistic director Wilfredo Rivera’s personal story as a Honduran immigrant."

September 28, 2019

Chicago Tribune reviews American Catracho

"I have previously admired each of these sections individually; how wholly gratifying it is to see them woven together for the first time."

"It is, by far, Cerqua’s best and most comprehensive composition for this company, orchestrated beautifully"

September 24, 2019

See Chicago Dance - "Immigration and cultural identity ignite Cerqua Rivera’s fall tour"

"Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre (CRDT) winds up its 20th anniversary season with a powerhouse repertory of emotionally-driven works"

September 26, 2019

The Daily Northwestern - "Three years in the making, “American Catracho” explores immigration, culture and heritage through the lens of Latin music and dance."

“Their choreography makes you think about the subject matters they’re presenting, but you’re never left with a feeling of despair,” Rashid said. “You’re always left with a feeling of hopefulness in the future.”

September 25, 2019

The Reader "Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre celebrates immigrant, Native, and African American identity"

"Wilfredo Rivera explores his journey from Honduras to Chicago and other migrant stories in American Catracho "

September 25, 2019 - "Wilfredo did a wonderful job at pairing us together and I am very grateful. He has a knack for that, I think!"

"concert dance... gives all involved and all observing the chance to learn something more about themselves, something deeper and potentially more profound than you could have ever learned on your own or through any other avenue other than dance"

September 21, 2019

Picture This Post "Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre ...Transcending the Narrative"

"With three new works in their upcoming concert series, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre hopes to elevate their repertoire to the next level."

September 18, 2019

Shoutbox podcast - Interview with Wilfredo Rivera

"On today's show we talk to Wilfredo Rivera, choreographer and co-founder of Chicago's Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, as he shares his personal story of immigrating to the United States from his native Honduras, and how his own experiences and insights into the immigration and refugee crisis inspired the epic evening length dance performance called "American Catracho"."

September 20, 2019 "Their current company of dancers is extraordinary, and the ...musicians have continuously expanded the horizons of what they can bring to an audience."

"Then all of a sudden, or so it seems, everybody sees something that changes the way they see everything else.

Naturally, people love to be there when that happens. and even when they’re not, a lot of people like to remember that they were. ...and if you like the idea of being part of one of those moments, you might want to find some tickets for Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre’s 20th Anniversary Concert Series."

September 18, 2019

New City Stage "This is What America Looks Like: Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre digs deep into identity and the immigrant experience"

"Wilfredo Rivera is co-founder and the dance half of Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, a company that for twenty years has been staging an original, abstract brand of musical theater that puts equal importance on choreography, original jazz compositions and visual art. Rivera talked with us about the company’s highly timely “America/Americans” series of concerts"

September 13, 2019

Dancermusic profiles choreographer Monique Haley

"Now celebrating its 20th anniversary season, the musicians, dancers, choreographers and designers that Co-Founders Wilfredo Rivera and Joe Cerqua have brought together conjure an ever-churning sea of creativity that produces some of the very best concert dance Chicago has to offer."

September 12, 2019

Chicago Sun-Times names CRDT one of the "highlights of the fall dance season"

"The Chicago dance scene is a busy one this fall with performances by all the major local companies plus a handful of visiting choreographers and troupes."

September 06, 2019

We are one of Chicago Tribune's "Top 10 for dance this fall"

Cerqua Rivera is one "of the city’s brightest Latino-run companies"

August 29, 2019

ComEd, League of Chicago Theatres awards grant to Cerqua Rivera

"the grants provide funding to a number of other arts organizations working to break down the barriers that traditionally inhibit certain audiences from enjoying access to arts and cultural resources"

August 25, 2019

Chicago Tribune reviews our performance in Summerdance Celebration

"the company masterfully demonstrates their dexterity in a variety of styles"

August 23, 2019

We're a "top dance performance... to see this fall" in Crain's Chicago Business

"making it to 20 is a pretty big milestone in the dance world. The company is celebrating with its first full-length work, "American Catracho," created by Artistic Director Wilfredo Rivera. "

July 24, 2019

Cerqua Rivera honored with grant for music education

The DeKalb County Community Foundation awarded $129,450 in spring Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund grants. A total of 29 nonprofits and community organizations across the greater Chicago area will receive grant support for music education.

June 25, 2019

Cerqua Rivera one of headliners for 2019 SummerDance Celebration in Millennium Park

"Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, Joel Hall Dancers and Rated ‘E’ Chicago Dance Crew, four of Chicago’s most popular and acclaimed dance companies will present signature works on the main stage at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion."

June 26, 2019

New City Stage recommends Cerqua Rivera's July Inside/Out

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre invites conversation around the next iteration of a longterm collaboration between composer and company co-founder Joe Cerqua and choreographer Monique Haley about the African-American experience.

June 25, 2019

Cerqua Rivera one of July dance highlights from See Chicago Dance

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre continues its popular Inside/Out, an in-progress showing and discussion series which has, since originating a few years ago, deepened the company’s work and unveiled its choreographic process

April 23, 2019

Picture This Post reviews #CRDT20th Kickoff

" another reminder of how outstanding CRDT is in opening the door to contemporary dance, music and art to all communities.  By this reviewer’s lights, no other dance troupe comes close. " "BRAVO! BRAVA!"

January 20, 2019

20th Anniversary Sneak Peak -

"Despite the challenges of building and maintaining an audience, procuring funding, and pushing the boundaries of both music and dance, CRDT has nourished the creative talents of dancers, choreographers, musicians, composers, visual artists, and countless others to create opportunities to share their vision and use art as a vehicle to create a stronger, more understanding community."

October 24, 2018

How do we do it? -

"I think this is what draws audiences in. They can feel the bonds among our artists and they feel welcomed into the experience because of that."

October 22, 2018

The company has never looked better - See Chicago Dance reviews 2018 fall concerts

"The sheer effervescence of the whole carries the evening of four choreographic works and two instrumental interludes. The handsome company, ten dancers and nine musicians strong, burst into Links Hall’s black box space this past Saturday night with plenty of personality and polish. The ensemble sparkled with luscious dancing and richly orchestrated music"

October 11, 2018

Chicago’s Driehaus Foundation awards Cerqua Rivera a grant

"Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre ... among the 64 theater, dance and cultural arts organizations designated recipients of 2018 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation unrestricted grants, it was announced Thursday."

October 03, 2018

My Past / Our Present - fall concert preview

"CRDT is known not only for its high caliber dance and choreography but is equally recognized for its ensemble of musicians (whose credentials include international tours and album releases with Motown). Better yet, musicians in the ensemble regularly collaborate with the dance makers at CRDT to provide lush, original compositions – a component essential to the magic that appears on stage."

October 01, 2018

Dancer Music interview with CRDT Rehearsal Director Brennen Renteria

"There could not be a more critical time for this work to be unveiled and to advocate for those in need of help."

October 03, 2018

Chicago Magazine recommends our fall concert series

"The highlight is the final installment of American Catracho, a suite of dances about immigration that took three years to develop, a tour de force for artistic director Wilfredo Rivera."

September 27, 2018

New City calls our work "immersive alchemy"

"CRDT pieces engage some of the most pressing questions of our time, and at times the room emotionally transforms as dancers physically interpret deeply personal material to an energy that only live music can produce."

September 06, 2019

CRDT Fall Concert Series one of the Trib's top dance picks for fall

"Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre again embarks on a “Chicago tour,” visiting three venues between Hyde Park and Evanston. The evening includes the final section of director Wilfredo Rivera’s evening-length “American Contracho,” based on his experiences as an immigrant to the United States from Honduras, and easily his most promising work"

September 15, 2019

Dancermusic previews the final Inside/Out of 2018

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater has been on a relentless build-up to their 2018 Fall Concert Series since last April. It’s something they’ve been doing for years, a very carefully planned series of monthly presentations — they call them Inside / Out — that bring their audience, their performers, and the creators of their upcoming works together. The settings are informal but the results always informative, an engaging blend of discussion and performance.

August 15, 2018

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre returns to Dance for Life after 21 years

When we performed with Dance for Life in 1997, the concert was at Navy Pier's Skyline Stage, and Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre wasn't even a real nonprofit yet. Check out this preview of Saturday's performance, when we return to Dance for Life, now at the Auditorum Theatre

August 12, 2018

CRDT on ABC7 Chicago Morning News

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, one of the companies performing at Dance for Life 2018, performs a segment of Between Us - the piece they'll perform at the event at Auditorium Theatre August 18.

August 10, 2018

Seeking School Program Dance Instructor for 2018-2019 School Year

Program at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Chicago

Wednesdays 3:45-5:45 pm mid-September 2018 through May 2019

Pay Rate: $50 per hour

August 03, 2018

Cerqua Rivera to Perform in August 2018 Dance for Life event

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, which gives equal spotlight to original music and the jazz combo that plays live alongside the dancers on stage

July 29, 2018

Review of July 2018 Inside/Out with Monique Haley and Joe Cerqua

In the work in progress, the dancers express their individuality through the choreography, putting their own personalities on Haley’s movements. Haley’s choreography feels primal and sensual, movements such as shaking of the hands and explosive jumps come from deep within the dancers soul.

June 15, 2018

Interview with American Catracho collaborator Noelle Kayser

Let’s make a painting, a magic one. Let’s paint a picture of Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre’s Inside/Out: Ameican Catracho.

May 02, 2018

Cerqua Rivera selected to perform in Dance for Life 2018

"For its 27th annual event, Dance for Life Chicago presents a diverse group of companies and artists performing August 18 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University ... Joining the Partner Dance Companies that perform each year... are ... Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre"

April 26, 2018

Cerqua Rivera affirms off-loop concert dance's place in #chidance - Art Intercepts

"in recent years the group has asserted itself in the contemporary dance scene. Their efforts to expand have not gone unnoticed. In addition to embarking on a period of tremendous growth which saw this company performing an extended run in three venues for last season’s fall concert, the production values are higher and the dancing and choreography is better; last season even brought a commission from the Chicago Sinfonietta."

April 15, 2018

2018 Season Preview by Dancer Music

"Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre is not quite like anything else that we can think astonishing group of superb dance artists ... [and] a fearlessly imaginative musical ensemble."

October 16, 2017

Dancer Music previews the finale of Alone/Together

"'Was that part really good?', just ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Here goes — The choreography? Yes. The musicianship? Yes. The performances by the Cerqua Rivera dancers in an amazing range of movement designs? Yes. The flow of the entire show? Yes. The individuality of each intensely committed performance by a stage full of constantly interacting artists? Oh yeah."

October 06, 2017

Chicago Tribune recommends Alone/Together, the 2017 fall concert series

"exceptional jazz musicians" "fun, sexy, & technically on point" "poignant" "haunting"

October 09, 2017

Dancer Music previews Alone/Together at Studio5

"When Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre brings their very successful fall concert Alone / Together to Studio5 on Friday, October 13, you’ll be seeing layer upon layer of creativity. That’s because one of the most imaginative dance companies you can go see, Cerqua Rivera, will be performing in one of the most imaginatively designed venues in Metro Chicago."

October 11, 2017

The Reader reviews Alone/Together

"an invigorating mix of music and movement"

October 03, 2017

Picture This Post reviews Chicago Sinfonietta's Trademark concert

"Wilfredo Rivera’s choreography meant to 'show what the music looks like' was highly anticipated. As expected, [his] choreography did not disappoint."

September 07, 2017

Sinfonietta celebrates 30th anniversary during show - Naperville Sun

"The Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre will actually be creating never-before-seen choreography to this never-before-heard work of music."

September 20, 2016

Cerqua Rivera Dance's fall works got a little extra breathing room - Chicago Tribune

​"Artistically, Rivera says, the lengthy, provisional 'Inside/Out' process 'is allowing us to let the art really breathe, and to have conversations with the audience that otherwise we just would not be able to do.'"

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