The Cambrians

The Cambrians are a global dance production and education network centered on Chicago. The Cambrian’s ever-expanding team of dancemakers perform in Chicago and abroad, blending cultural immersion and a spectrum of primary dance forms to drive our choreographic innovation. The Cambrians projects don’t live in pursuit of pre-decided subjects, they live in pursuit of revitalizing our purpose for dance. For their students, audiences, and their artists, dance is used to build the most meaningful relationships possible with the time together. The conversations held that touch, find trust, and make art together is the content. The Cambrians: Dancing on purpose.

Since 2014, The Cambrians have presented seven evening-length shows, working with 46 choreographers and twenty of the world’s premiere dance performers, all while paying above standard wages. Ohad Naharin donated our choice of any work he’s ever made for remixing in our project Empress Archer. The Cambrians have proudly trained students from cities across North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Their project Clover was named one of the Chicago Tribune’s Top 10 Dance Performances of 2015. Art Intercepts’ Lauren Warnecke, now dance reviewer for the Chicago Tribune, said simply, “If this is the future of contemporary dance in Chicago, I’m so in.” When she reviewed Clover, Lynn Colburn Shapiro of See Chicago Dance described The Cambrians as “It’s not often that you chance on dance performance that promises innovation and truly delivers on originality. With The Cambrians, it’s so unassuming and authentic and personal, you can’t help feeling they’re just living life and you happen to be there…”.

The Cambrians are forever grateful to the people and organizations that have supported us. In addition to numerous individual donations, these supporters include MacArthur Driehaus Funds, Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Illinois Arts Council, Chicago Dancemakers Forum, the McCormick Family Foundation, and committed annual backing from Abby O’Neil and Pamela Crutchfield.