Susan Marshall & Company, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre and More Set for Dance Center's 40th Season
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago celebrates 40 years as Chicago's leading presenter of local, regional, national and international contemporary dance during its 2013-14 season.
Kicking off the season in the fall are Susan Marshall & Company with a world premiere, followed by Dance Center Founder Shirley Mordine's Mordine & Company Dance Theater, Chicago companies Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre and Peter Carpenter Performance Project on a double bill and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company featuring Jones on stage.
Spring performances include Chicago companies Khecari and The Humans on a double bill; back to back hip hop performance series by the French-Brazilian Compagnie Kafig and artist Raphael Xavier; Asia's leading contemporary dance company Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, co-presented with the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University and The Joffrey Ballet at the Auditorium; and Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group performing a work co-commissioned by The Dance Center. All performances (except Cloud Gate) take place at The Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave.
Subscriptions and single tickets go on sale July 8 at The Dance Center, 312-369-8330 and online at colum.edu/dancecenter.
"It is remarkable to reflect back on our 40-year history," said Dance Center Executive Director Phil Reynolds. "The Dance Center has presented more than 250 contemporary dance artists and companies, commissioned or co-commissioned 23 new works and trained a large number of young dancers, many of whom have gone on to create companies of their own in Chicago and elsewhere. We look forward with pride and excitement as The Dance Center launches its fifth decade." For a performance history, click here.
The Dance Center's FamilyDance Matinee Series continues for its 15th season, featuring special one-hour family-oriented performances preceded by free parent/child movement workshops with the artists. FamilyDance Matinees feature Mordine & Company Dance Theater (October 5), Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre and Peter Carpenter Performance Project (October 12), Khecari and The Humans (February 8) and Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group (April 5).
Many of the season's artists will participate in The Dance Center's DanceMasters, leading movement classes open to professional and pre-professional dancers and dance students. Discussions with the artists will follow most Thursday performances, and some programs will feature pre-performance talks with artists and Dance Center personnel or guest lecturers. Most out-of-town artists will provide learning opportunities for Dance Center students and conduct community-based residency and educational activities, which might include master classes, lecture/demonstrations, in-school and community- based workshops, professional development workshops for educators and service providers and panel discussions.
Susan Marshall & Company
Marshall's world premiere, Play/Pause, embraces the collision between high art and pop culture, raiding and transforming popular dance forms from the YouTube zeitgeist. Marshall counterpoints the performance with original online music videos incorporated into the live work. Set to a commissioned score by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang performed live by the electric guitar trio Dither, the piece is an ultimate mash-up: postmodern dance theatre meets rock and roll on both real and virtual stages.
Mordine & Company Dance Theater
FamilyDance Matinee: October 5
Dance Center Founder Shirley Mordine revivesI 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. The maverick marching band Mucca Pazza performs Mark Messing's score live, with text by Bryan Saner of the former Goat Island Performance Group. Other work(s) on the program will be announced at a later date.
Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre and Peter Carpenter Performance Project: Joint Program
FamilyDance Matinee: October 12
Chicago's SPDW is commissioning a new work from Israeli (now based in New York) choreographer Netta Yerulshamy inspired by visual art, as if to suggest a stroll through an art museum. SPDW Artistic Director JoAnna Rosenthal's as-yet untitled new work examines impulsive behavior with the central metaphor of a "white out" to evoke a sense of moral decentered-ness. Dance Center Associate Professor Carpenter continues his cycle Rituals of Abundance with a new work informed by critical theory that interrogates our appetite for domination, power and violence.