The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago celebrates the end of the 2016-2017 school year with the Repertory Performance Workshop and Faculty Concert on Thursday and Friday, May 11 and 12, at 8 PM each night. The program features the Repertory Performance Workshop student ensemble, as well as other students at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, and includes works by faculty and guest artists, as well as historic repertory by pioneering modern-dance choreographer Merce Cunningham. Admission is free and open to the public. However, a $5 suggested donation is encouraged to support the Student Dance Organization and the Dance Center’s student scholarship fund. No reservations are necessary — general admission, first come, first served. The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago is located at 1306 S. Michigan, in Chicago’s South Loop.
This year’s Repertory Performance Workshop and Faculty Concert features choreographic works set on Dance Center students by faculty members Dardi McGinley Gallivan, Shannon Grayson, and Christine Betsill and guest artists Bob Eisen and Stephanie Paul.
The performance will also feature a MinEvent of choreography by Merce Cunningham (1919-2009), reconstructed by Dance Center faculty member Paige Cunningham Caldarella, a former dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. A MinEvent is an uninterrupted sequence of excerpts drawn from Cunningham’s work. This MinEvent will include material from Cunningham’s works Fielding Sixes (1980), Native Green (1985), Fabrications (1987), and Scramble (1967).
The Repertory Performance Workshop coordinator is Dance Center faculty member and alum Margi Cole ’90, a graduate of the Dance Center’s BA Program in Dance. The faculty concert coordinators are Paige Caldarella and Cristina Tadeo.
In addition, as reported previously in this blog, an exhibit of dance photography by William Frederking, the retiring Interim Associate Dean of Columbia College’s School of Fine and Performing Arts, is on display in the Dance Center lobby. Frederking has photographed Columbia College Dance Center performances and artists extensively over the years. The prints on display in this exhibit are all of dancers with a close connection to the Dance Center, either former or current teachers or alumni.