Dance Center of Columbia College announces 2013–14 season
With a successful 2012–13 campaign nearly in the rearview (Delfos Danza Contemporanea plays Thursday 4 through Saturday 6), the Dance Center looks ahead to 2013–14 in anticipation of its 40th anniversary. The higher-ups have wasted no time in assembling next season’s lineup of local, national and international sensations.
Kicking things off is a world premiere, titled Play/Pause, from Bessie and American Choreographer Award winner Susan Marshall. She brings Susan Marshall & Company to the Dance Center, September 19–21. Judging by Marshall’s propensity for multidisciplinary collaborations, we’re bracing for a real treat. Expect an assist from a few YouTube videos for this one. Bonus: Pulitzer Prize–winning composer David Lang sets an original score, performed live by the musical trio Dither.
The Dance Center’s 40th anniversary season wouldn’t be complete without an appearance by its founder, Shirley Mordine, who revives Mordine & Company’s I Haven’t Gone There, taking inspiration from the Commedia dell’Arte. When we spoke with Mordine about a month ago, she expressed excitement for year 40, an occasion that is sure to be an emotional one for the Columbia trailblazer. Fittingly, Mordine and her dancers will help usher the Dance Center into decade number five, October 3–5.
October 10–12, one of the city's stalwart contemporary/modern groups, Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre, debuts a commissioned piece from Israeli choreographer Netta Yerushalmy, while artistic director Joanna Rosenthal premieres an as-yet untitled work based on “impulsive behaviors.” The brash athleticism of Same Planet is often a distinguishing characteristic of the company; the fact that Rosenthal leans toward gutsy, hard-hitting themes is no coincidence. The joint program also features the Peter Carpenter Performance Project, as artistic director and Dance Center associate professor Peter Carpenter continues with his dissection of social conundrums in his Rituals of Abundance series.
For most people, a 2013–14 season highlight will undoubtedly be Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company’s Story/Time, October 24–26, inspired by the late-great John Cage’s Indeterminacy. The heady brainpower of MacArthur Genius Award winner and Kennedy Center Honoree Bill T. Jones creates a (predictably) introspective collage of music and stories. The choreographer arranges them differently for each performance. Oh, and Jones, 61, performs in the piece, too.
Two of Chicago’s most daring investigators, Jonathan Meyer and Julia Rae Antonick of Khecari, share a program with Rachel Bunting’s The Humans, February 6–8. Antonick and Meyer premiere three works set to an original score, performed live by musician and frequent Khecari collaborator Joe St. Charles, while Bunting’s work looks at “feminine cycles with a disparate collage of images and objects,” according to the release.
A potential sleeper-hit comes from France: Mourad Merzouki, artistic director of the forward-thinking hip-hop ensemble Compagnie Käfig, performs a double bill titled Correria and Agwa. It’s a reconstruction of Merzouki’s 2006 encounter with 11 male dancers from Rio de Janeiro, happening February 20–22. The hip-hop craze continues a week later with the Philly-based breaker and artist Raphael Xavier on February 27–March 1. He presents an evening-length, autobiographical dance/lyrical mash-up, directed by Ralph Lemon.
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan will be copresented by the Dance Center with the Auditorium Theatre and the Joffrey, March 14 and 16. Asia’s premier contemporary company will play the Auditorium; it’s the only group that won’t perform at the Dance Center. We’re not complaining, given what to expect: three and a half tons of golden grains of rice shimmering from the rafters. The grand Auditorium should provide the perfect setting.
Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group performs Moses (working title), April 3–5, co-commissioned by the Dance Center. Based on the Zora Neale Hurston novel Moses, Man of the Mountains, the last show of the 2013–14 season looks at diasporic movement out of Africa through the lens of so-called “Moses stories.”
Tickets go on sale July 8 at the Dance Center (1306 S Michigan Ave) and at colum.edu/dancecenter.