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Dance Center season promises eclectic mix

For its 2012-2013 season, the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago will draw on companies from the U.S. and abroad, showcasing work that melds dance with theater, the visual arts, video and other disciplines. The lineup is as follows:

— Voices of Strength (Sept. 13–15), consisting of two programs featuring four works by five independent African female choreographers who have received numerous awards in Africa and Europe, but have had little exposure in the United States. Program A includes: “Correspondances” by Kettly Noel of Haiti/Mali and Nelisiwe Xaba of South Africa, and “Sombra,” by Maria Helena Pinto of Mozambique. Program B includes “Quartiers Libres” by Nadia Beugre of Cote d’Ivoire, and “Madame Plaza” by Bouchra Ouizguen of Morocco.

— Kota Yamazaki/Fluid hug-hug (Sept. 27–29): Japanese choreographer Kota Yamazaki, who is based in New York, is collaborating with two dancers from Senegal and Ethiopia, and four American and Japanese-American dancers on “(glowing).” This new work, blending Butoh and African dance, and exploring the Japanese aesthetics of shadow and darkness, will also involve the contributions of American architect Robert Kocik and Japanese composer Koji Setoh.

— Gallim Dance (Oct. 11–13): This company, founded in 2007 by Andrea Miller, an American post-modern dance choreographer, will present one of two evening-length works for the company’s Chicago debut — either “Blush” (a 2009 piece that contains nudity) or “Wonderland” (2010).

— The Seldoms (Oct. 25–27): This Chicago-based troupe, under the artistic direction of Carrie Hanson, is creating a new evening-length work to celebrate its 10th anniversary season. The piece is inspired by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman’s book “Hot, Flat, and Crowded,” which examines global conditions of rising population, increasing energy consumption and climate change.

— Double Edge Theatre (Jan. 17-19, 2013), co-presented with Columbia College’s Theatre Department: Rooted in Jerzy Grotowski’s Eastern European theatre practice, this deeply collaborative, Massachusetts-based ensemble, which works in a unique form of devised physical theatre incorporating movement, puppetry, object manipulation and text, will present “The Grand Parade.” It is the first installment in the company’s anticipated five-work, multi-year Chagall Cycle, inspired by the kaleidoscopic paintings of Marc Chagall. Up to five Columbia theater students will rehearse and perform with the company.

— zoe | juniper (Feb. 14–16, 2013): Zoe Scofield (a choreographer), and Juniper Shuey (a sculptor, photographer and visual/media artist), are a husband and wife team that began their artistic collaboration in Seattle in 2004. Their latest full-evening work, “A Crack in Everything,” uses dance, performance, video projection, lighting and text to examine the conscious and unconscious, action and reaction, before and after, and cause and effect. (Contains nudity.)

— Stephen Petronio Company (March 7–9, 2013): Petronio is a leading dancemaker of his generation whose work has not been seen in Chicago since 2000. His company will perform the evening-length “Underland,” to music by Nick Cave — an evocation of determined survivors in the midst of collapsing buildings and exploding bombs. (Contains mature content.)

— The Chicago Moving Company (March 21–23, 2013): Choreographer Nana Shineflug’s company, celebrating its 40th anniversary season, will present a selection of revivals, including “Love Songs” (2001), “Coming Forth by Day” (1988), “John Somebody” (1987), “Windows” (1984) and a new piece by Shineflug.

— Delfos Danza Contemporanea (April 4–6, 2013): Among Mexico’s leading contemporary dance companies, the troupe’s 20th anniversary program will be comprised of mixed repertoire still to be announced.

Subscriptions and single tickets go on sale July 9 at The Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Avenue. Phone: (312) 369-8330 or visit

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