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Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC), makes its return to the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago (1306 S. Michigan Ave.), for the first time in 37 years with “Closer Than Ever,” an intimate program of works from GDC’s repertoire this winter. With informal anecdotes throughout the program, as well as pre- and post-show discussions, these performances will provide the opportunity for new and longtime dance fans alike to learn more about the company. They also serve as a perfect companion to GDC’s spring 2016 engagement at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, April 1-2.
“It’s been nearly four years since GDC moved from Evanston to Chicago’s South Loop. We see these performances as a natural outgrowth of our increasing integration into the very heart of Chicago’s rich cultural community,” said GDC artistic director Nan Giordano.
The program for the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago performances will include Israeli born Roni Koresh’s critically acclaimed, edgy, intense and dramatic full company work EXit4 (2013); GDC founder Gus Giordano's Wings (1978) performed by GDC company dancer Maeghan McHale to a live, a cappella performance of “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” by Chicago’s own Dora Washington; Shirt Off My Back (2015), choreographed by award-winning choreographer Ray Mercer, explores the inherent sacrifices people make as they enter into a relationship; the only way around is through (2015), an inspiring, life-affirming work choreographed by company member Joshua Blake Carter with concept and structure by Nan Giordano; and Christopher Huggins exciting and kinetic Pyrokinesis (2007).
There will be a post-performance conversation immediately following the Thursday, Feb. 4,7:30 p.m. performance, and a pre-performance talk beginning one hour prior to the, Friday, Feb 5, 7:30 p.m. performance.
GDC will also offer a family-oriented matinee performance Saturday, Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. This performance will be preceded by a free 30-minute optional hands-on movement workshop for children and adults (no experience necessary), beginning at 2:15 p.m. For tickets or more information about these performances visit colum.edu/dancecenterpresents or call 312.369.8330.
GDC’s performances at the Dance Center of Columbia College precede the company’s spring engagement to the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 East Randolph Drive April 1-2. The Harris program will include a world premiere full-company work by award-winning Chicago-based choreographer, Brock Clawson, and other popular works from the company’s repertoire. Performances are Friday, April 1, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 2, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$75. For tickets call 312.334.7777 or visit harristheaterchicago.org.
Giordano Dance Chicago will bring works by Israeli born choreographer Roni Koresh’s, GDC founder Gus Giordano and Christopher Huggins, among others, in their return to The Dance Center of Columbia College (photo courtesy of Giordano Dance).
Giordano Dance to Get "Closer Than Ever" in Return to Dance Center Stage