A new work choreographed by Peter Carpenter, associate professor and interim chair at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, was cited in the Chicago Tribune’s “Best Dance of 2016” year-end wrapup. Carpenter’s document shoot rehearsal run, presented August 18 and 19 as part of the performance series “Set Free” at Links Hall at Constellation, was a duet for Carpenter and Columbia College alum Tia Monet Greer ’13, a graduate of the Columbia College Dance Center’s Dance BFA program.
Wrote Tribune critic Laura Molzahn: “Politically oriented dance is tricky, but Carpenter pulled it off in this straightforward but poignant duet with Tia Greer. Though he’s white and she’s not, and many of their texts were drawn from police reports, they universalized their abstracted power plays, expressed in simple movements, by not becoming stereotypical antagonists. Audience participation ensured we did the same. Document proved an oddly gentle exercise in hostile interactions — exercise we may sorely need.”