To promote the development of new work, The Dance COLEctive
(TDC), under the direction of award-winning choreographer and teacher Margi Cole
, presents "COLEctive Notions 2013," a concert program created by TDC company members. Performances are November 1 and 2 at 8 p.m. and November 3 at 7 p.m. at the Fassaes White Box Theater at the Drucker Center, 1535 N. Dayton, Chicago.
Cole and three of her company dancers-Shannon Edwards, Olivia May and Katie Petrunich-are creating new works they and their fellow company members will perform.
Cole is creating a duet that investigates what happens when two particular personalities collide around a task and how they negotiate accomplishing it. Fueled by an interchangeable cast that may change for each performance, the piece contains an element of improvisation.
' "Chronicles of Nostalgia" is exploring three separate past experiences of three dancers. Through these stories, the dancers collaboratively come to understand the deep emotion of missing someone. In her second experience choreographing for COLEctive Notions, McGuire-Edwards said, "Having dancers that I know well, both as people and dancers, is an opportunity to dive head first into the visceral experience of the dance. Margi being there for support and mentorship has been key in finding where all the potential lies in the work. Having that allows me to dig into areas that I might not have thought to on my own."
For her as-yet untitled work, Olivia May has been collaborating with TDC dancers on female character development, taking personalities and working to meld them through movement and see what kind of relationships develop. "I treasure COLEctive Notions because it gives me a chance to work with my close peers, who I love and respect, and it gives us all a chance to challenge one another on a creative level. I love this type of interaction, getting a perspective that would have never occurred to me. And I am always learning from Margi's feedback."
For "Running Parallel," Katie Petrunich is considering the concept of an everlasting relationship shared between elderly couples. "I find myself in awe and am intrigued by how two people can keep such a close bond for the majority of their lives. The dancers and I generated material for the duet using literature, photographs and real-life experiences." Petrunich appreciates the opportunity COLEctive Notions provides "to challenge myself throughout the development of the work, including writing the proposal to lighting the piece. I am extremely grateful TDC allows its dancers to explore and create our own work while having Margi as our guide if we choose; she offers a wide range of creative freedom."