Past Event

Promise' (a new ballet choreographed by Winifred Haun)

Winifred Haun & Dancers will premiere its first full length ballet, “Promise,” on October 9 and 10 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts.

“Promise” is choreographed by Winifred Haun and, for this premiere, Ms. Haun incorporates the use of aerial straps with modern dance to create a powerful and dramatic work.

“Promise” is inspired by the women, images and psychological themes found in John Steinbeck’s 1952 novel, “East of Eden.” Rather than re-telling the story of East of Eden, “Promise” explores issues of community vs individual need, rebellion and conformity, and violence and redemption. Through two female central characters, the ballet also describes how women and communities respond to conflicts.

The cast of “Promise” features 14 dancers, including prominent Chicago ballet teacher and performer, Natalie Rast. The full work is 45 minutes, and includes music by folk singer/songwriter Jolie Holland, hip-hop artist Kanye West, and 20th century classical music composers, George Crumb and Maki Ishii.

More information about Winifred Haun & Dancers and “Promise” can be found at

Winifred Haun & Dancers is supported, in part, by Community Bank of Oak Park & River Forest, HMS Media, MOMENTA, Ruth Page Foundation, Oak Park Area Arts Council, the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and over 50 generous individuals.

Parts of “Promise” were created through the Associate Artist residency program at Voice of the City.

Tickets: $25; group rates are available for groups of 10 or more.

Buy tickets on-line at For reservations and group rates dial 773-454-9843.

Tickets are available at the door, if you arrive 20 minutes before the performance. Parking is available for a reduced rate at the public lot at 1250 N Clark St. The Ruth Page Center is near the Clark & Division stop on the CTA red line.

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