By Lauren Warnecke
…there was something quite magical about how [Ozuzu] combined Western and non-Western dance forms to create her collage.
The inevitable end of summer has given us some perfect evenings for a picnic and a show in downtown Chicago. Indeed, the lawn at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park was packed last Thursday for a unique collaboration made possible by the two heads of state of a venue previously known as the Viaduct Theatre. Links Hall’s Roell Schmidt and Constellation’s Mike Reed joined forces to produce The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady, inspired by Charles Mingus’ score of the same name with composer/music director Greg Ward and choreographer Onye Ozuzu at the helm. The work was part of a larger series called Made in Chicago, a weekly free concert series devised through curatorial partnerships with local jazz artists and presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events with the Jazz Institute of Chicago.