Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago Welcomes Mordine & Company Dance Theater, Now thru 10/5
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago continues its 40th season with the collaborative work of Mordine & Company Dance Theater, the Midwest's longest-running contemporary Dance Company. Performances are today, October 3-5 at The Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Mordine & Company also opens The Dance Center's 15th season of FamilyDance Matinees, featuring family-oriented performances and a movement workshop with the artists, Saturday, October 5.
Mordine & Company revives "I haven't gone there...".Inspired by Commedia dell'Arte, the piece features six performers and four musicians who, like troubadours, lure the audience on a journey to unknown places, with unexpected encounters. Members of the maverick marching band Mucca Pazza perform Mark Messing's score live, with text by Bryan Saner of the former Goat Island Performance Group.
Also on the program is All at Once/Acts of Renewal, revised since its 2012 premiere. According to Mordine, "This piece is informed by how news of socially transformative events and intimate happenings in the lives of strangers is available almost instantaneously. We struggle to interpret surprising, contrasting and simultaneous realities that can be jarring, sometimes comical or shocking and may test our humanity and sense of self." Shawn Decker, a frequent collaborator, has contributed a score that encompasses music and sounds from earlier and current times.
"I haven't gone there..." and All at Once/Acts of Renewal each present a similar question: How do we confront what is ahead of us and move through a time of extreme transformation?
There will be a post-performance conversation with the artists Thursday, October 3 and a pre-performance talk with Shirley Mordine Friday, October 4 at 7 p.m., both free to ticket holders. Mordine also will participate in The Dance Center's new DanceMakers series, which features leading contemporary dance artists offering insight into their choreographic process, on Wednesday, October 2 from 10 a.m. to noon at the American Rhythm Center, Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. In celebration of The Dance Center's 40th season, DanceMakers sessions are free. Preregistration is required.