The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago opens its 40th season with Susan Marshall & Company performing a world premiere, Play/Pause. Performances are September 19–21 at The Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.
Play/Pause embraces the collision between high art and pop culture, raiding and transforming popular dance forms from the YouTube zeitgeist. Marshall couples her intimate, structured choreography with the seductiveness of pop culture to explore our complex relationship with the media we consume. Set to a commissioned score by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang performed live by the electric guitar trio Dither, the piece is an ultimate mash-up: postmodern dance theatre meets indie rock.
There will be a post-performance conversation with the artists Thursday, September 19 and a pre-performance talk with Susan Marshall Friday, September 20 at 7 p.m., both free to ticket holders. Marshall also will participate in The Dance Center's new DanceMakers series, which features leading contemporary dance artists offering insight into their choreographic process, on Wednesday, September 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at the American Rhythm Center, Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. In celebration of The Dance Center's 40th season, DanceMakers sessions are free.
SUSAN MARSHALL & COMPANY
Susan Marshall & Company’s repertory is an innovative body of work that blends virtuoso athleticism, ordinary movement, gesture and pattern and the spoken word. Now celebrating its 26th anniversary, the company has a long history of multidisciplinary collaboration, with more than 30 works made with musicians, visual artists and designers. Marshall, her artistic partners and her company members have received 10 New York Dance and Performance Awards (BESSIES) for their work together. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship in 2000, Marshall has also received a Dance Magazine Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and she was one of the first artists to receive an American Choreographer Award.
This is Susan Marshall & Company’s fifth appearance at The Dance Center; other performances took place during the 2007–08, 2003–04, 1999–2000 and 1988–89 seasons.
The Dance Center’s presentation of Susan Marshall & Company is funded, in part, by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew Mellon Foundation.
THE DANCE CENTER
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, named “Chicago’s Best Dance Theatre” by Chicago magazine and “Best Dance Venue” by the Chicago Reader, is the city’s leading presenter of contemporary dance, showcasing artists of regional, national and international significance. Programs of The Dance Center are supported, in part, by the Alphawood Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince, New England Foundation for the Arts, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Irving Harris Foundation, Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation and Arts Midwest. Additional funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council. Special thanks to Athletico, the Official Provider of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy for The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, and the Friends of The Dance Center.
The Dance Center’s 2013–14 season continues with Mordine & Company Dance Theater (Oct. 3–5), Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre and Peter Carpenter Performance Project (joint program Oct. 10–12), Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (Oct. 24–26), Khecari and The Humans (joint program Feb. 6–8), CCN Créteil et Val-de-Marne/Company Käfig (Feb. 20–22), Raphael Xavier (Feb. 27–Mar. 1), Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan (co-presented with the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University and The Joffrey Ballet at the Auditorium Theatre Mar. 14 and 16) and Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group (Apr. 3–5).
The Dance Center presents Susan Marshall & Company September 19–21, 2013, Thursday–Saturday at 8 p.m. at The Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave. Single tickets are $26–30; subscribers who order tickets to three or more performances during the 2013–14 season save 20%. All programming is subject to change. The theatre is accessible to people with disabilities. For information, call 312-369-8330 or visit colum.edu/dancecenter.