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Chicago’s Dance Center Unveils Its Season


The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago has announced these dance artists for its 2010-0011 season:

Emily Johnson/Catalyst Dance, October 7 to 9: The Native American choreographer will present The Thank-you Bar, an evening-length performance/installation of dance, live music, storytelling, and visual images.

Yasuko Yokoshi, October 28 to 30: Yokoshi’s Tyler Tyler—a piece inspired by The Tale of the Heike, a12th-century Japanese epic of warring clans—will be performed by two U.S. dancers, a U.S. musician/singer, and three Japanese dancers/actors.

Joe Goode Performance Group, February 3 to 5, 2011: Goode’s troupe will perform Wonder Boy, his collaboration with puppeteer Basil Twist, and 29 Effeminate Gestures, an exploration of the paradox of gender language.

Robert Moses’ Kin, February 24 to 26, 2011: The San Francisco-based company will present The Cinderella Principal: try these on, see if they fit, a collaboration with playwright Anne Galjour that looks at identity formation within non-traditional family groupings, and other works to be announced later.

Same Planet Different World, March 10 to 12, 2011: Artistic director Joanna Rosenthal’s Grey Noise, inspired by film noir of the 1940s and ’50s, focuses on the complexity of relationships, the need for self-preservation, and the effect of violence and aggression. It will be performed with Carl Flink’s HIT and To Have and To Hold, choreographed by Joanie Smith and Daniel Shapiro.

Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group, March 31 to April 2, 2011:
The Good Dance – dakar/brooklyn reflects Wilson’s collaboration with Congolese choreographer Andréya Ouamba and his Senegal-based company. The evening-length work explores the influence of Central African culture on world performance forms and its parallels with Mississippi Delta culture.

Single tickets go on sale July 1 at The Dance Center. For information, call 312.369.8330 or visit

In addition, The Dance Center is collaborating with Chicago’s Harris Theater and MCA Stage to present Sankai Juku on October 20 at the Harris Theater. The butoh troupe will perform Hibiki: Resonance from Far Away, one of founder Ushio Amagatsu’s signature pieces.

The Dance Center will mark 10 years at its current location, 1306 South Michigan Avenue, with a free, daylong celebration September 25. The event will showcase regional dance artists and ensembles, with workshops, classes, and site-specific performances and installations.


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