The Dance Department at Columbia College Chicago has named Onye Ozuzu as its new chair, beginning June 29.
A dance administrator, performing artist, choreographer, educator, and researcher, Ozuzu received a BA in English literature with a minor in economics and a MFA in dance performance and choreography at Florida State University. She has most recently been serving as associate chair, director of dance, in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Ozuzu has been making work and performing since 1997 and has appeared nationally and internationally at The Joyce Soho in New York City; Kaay Fecc Festival de Toutes les Danses in Dakar, Senegal; La Festival del Caribe in Santiago, Cuba; Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC; and the McKenna Museum of African American Art in New Orleans. She was a 2010 recipient of the Innovative Seed Grant, University of Colorado’s most prestigious research grant, for her ethnographic research project “ADADIA African Drum and Dance in America: the Oral History Archive.”
Some of contemporary dance’s leading choreographic voices will bring their companies to The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago during the 2011-2012 season.
Beginning this fall with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, other scheduled presenters include David Gordon’s Pick Up Performance Co(s), Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan and, in a co-presentation with the Harris Theater of Music and Dance, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s Legacy Tour.
The season continues in 2012 with Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak, a shared program featuring The Space/Movement Project, Rachel Damon/Synapse Arts and Erica Mott; and Ballet Hispanico.
The FamilyDance Matinee Series continues for its 13th season, featuring one-hour family-oriented performances preceded by free parent/child movement workshops with the artists. Most artists will also participate in DanceMasters, community master classes presented by The Dance Center’s Community Outreach and Education office. Discussions with the artists will follow most Thursday performances, and some programs will feature pre-performance talks with artists and Dance Center personnel or guest lecturers.
Subscriptions and single tickets go on sale July 11 at The Dance Center, 1306 South Michigan Avenue, 312.369.8330 or online at www.colum.edu/dancecenter.