Past Press Releases

For Immediate Release:

July 10, 2014

The Bard Unraveled

An evening of Shakespeare through dance


Wednesday, September 3rd through Sunday, September 7th at 7pm


Presented by Innervation Dance cooperative

in cooperation with Links Hall


WHO: Innervation Dance Cooperative, a contemporary dance company that integrates theater and music into its productions. IDC is an Artist-in-Residence at Thurgood Marshall Middle School and Links Hall.

WHAT: Innervation Dance Cooperative’s The Bard Unraveled features three of Shakespeare’s most beloved classics. Twelfth Night, Hamlet, and Much Ado About Nothing are brought to the stage in a new light using the styles of contemporary rock piano, steampunk, and New Orleans jazz. IDC leaves no page unturned as they stay true to Shakespeare’s original work while adding their own modern spin. With Shakespeare’s timeless themes easily lend themselves to IDC’s strength of narrative dance, and the selected genres give IDC the opportunity to express his works in a way that make each show stand out. IDC presents many new design elements this season, including sets, costumes, and props designed and created entirely by its company members and contract dancers. The Bard Unraveled features an evening of new choreography by IDC Company members Stephanie Anderson, Elisa Carlson, Addam Cross, Craig Donavin, Michael Gee, Kelsey Hays-Lenihan, Sunshine Kallas, Kimberly Schomburg, Michael Sherman and Shanae Sterba.


WHEN:   September 3-7, 2014 at 7 PM

WHERE: Links Hall 3111 North Western Ave Chicago, IL 60618 (South of Belmont, near buses 77- Belmont and 49- Western)

HOW: Tickets $20 adults, $15 students and seniors, Wednesday ticket price $14. For more information, please visit To purchase tickets in advance please visit


Innervation Dance Cooperative, a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 company, produces innovative works that stimulate audiences, dancers, and dance creators. In our collaborative creative process, we focus on storytelling presented through multidisciplinary, invigorating movement, creating a product that is accessible to the dance aficionado and the novice alike. Since its founding in 1998, Innervation Dance Cooperative has been finding ways to meld the art forms of theater and dance. In 2007, the right group of artists was in place to make the company a true democracy, giving each member a voice in the creation of work and the management of the organization. Since then, IDC has created three evening-length contemporary ballets—Everyman, a retelling of the medieval morality play set to music by Led Zeppelin; Gods, Monsters, and Heroes, an interpretation of Greek myths set to contemporary music; and Of One Mind, an exploration of a woman diagnosed with over 90 personalities. The Artistic Cooperative currently consists of four members: Elisa Carlson, Addam Cross, Michael Sherman, and Shanae Sterba. Each member of the Cooperative comes to us with a unique background, shedding the light of multiple perspectives on our operations, and allowing the company to incorporate multiple disciplines of dance and theater throughout all of the works we produce. IDC has performed at Dance Chicago, the Around the Coyote Arts Festival, Circle in the Square, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Fieldtrips, Elgin Ties, Kaleidoscope Choreographers Festival, The House of Blues, RAW Chicago, and the Vaudeville Underground, and has worked with Chicago choreographers such as Winifred Haun, Jennifer Gage, Nicole Gifford, Chris McCray and Jeffrey Lynch.


IDC SPEAKS is the educational outreach program for Innervation Dance Cooperative. The acronym SPEAKS stands for “Student Productions: Encouraging Access to Knowledge Series”. IDC SPEAKS is a recipient of a Saints Grant enabling the company to present Gods, Monsters and Heroes and Everyman to artistically underserved Chicagoland schools. IDC SPEAKS has performed for The Chicago Public Library, Morrill Elementary, Haugan Elementary, Rudyard Kipling Elementary, St. Phillip the Apostle School, John L. Marsh Elementary, Thurgood Marshall Middle School, Dance Chicago and the Holidays Around the World Festival at the Broadway Armory. In December 2012, IDC SPEAKS performed three shows of Gods, Monsters and Heroes at P.S. 185 in Brooklyn, New York; and returned in January 2014 for 7 more performances.