Liz Gerring Dance Company in Horizon, getting its Chicago premiere at The Dance Center of Columbia College this spring (photo courtesy of the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago).
The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago will conclude its 2016–17 season with the Chicago debut of Liz Gerring Dance Company performing its newest evening-length work, Horizon, described as “exuberantly athletic” by The New York Times.
“Horizon is a new work for seven dancers centered around the idea of density,” said Gerring. “In this piece, I endeavored to add as much as possible to the space in terms of dancers and movement. With multiple phrases occurring simultaneously, the dance takes the form of a constantly shifting universe full of activity.” With contributions from electronic music composer Michael J. Schumacher, production designer Robert Wierzel and costume designer Liz Prince, Gerring’s work, performed under a white ceiling cantilevered over the stage, is fresh testimony to her pure, movement-driven action and exhilarating physical surprises in a constantly changing media-saturated stage-world.
Since its inception in NYC in 1998, Liz Gerring Dance Company has been exploring non-narrative, abstract movement, often derived from natural gesture. Works are characterized by their intense physicality and intricate choreography. Movement evolves from cause and effect, rather than storytelling, and is framed by independent media elements—often a multi-channel sound score or video set design. Gerring is considered a 21st century formalist, about whom New York Times dance critic Alastair Macaulay has written, “This is not choreography that turns into poetic images, metaphors, stories, anything other than itself. Yet at times it’s wild, cold, amusing, surprising, impetuous.”
There will be a post performance conversation with the artists Thursday, April 6 in the Dance Center Theater and a pre performance talk Friday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Sherwood Community Music School Recital Hall, 1312 S. Michigan Ave. (next door to the Dance Center), both free to ticket holders. Additional residency activities with community partners and Columbia College Chicago students take place throughout the week leading up to the performance weekend. Performances are April 6–8 at the DanceCenter, 1306 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts