Heidi Latsky Dance (photo by Darial Sneed ).
Heidi Latsky Dance, a modern dance company featuring mixed-ability dancers, comes to The Dance Center of Columbia College November 6–8. The company’s residency coincides with the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) and National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) joint conference November 5–9 in Chicago.
A former dancer with Bill T. Jones, Latsky will bring two works to The Dance Center, which, she noted, “evolved out of my investigation of counterpoint and juxtaposition and my desire to be more integrated and also explore age.” Solo Countersolo features Latsky in opposition to the ensemble, weaving through a landscape of vigorously moving bodies to British composer Chris Brierley’s score, commissioned expressly for the piece. “Solo Countersolo is about the soloist versus the goup, the mature performer (myself) and the younger group and a slow eruption of movement that is exhilarating and exuberant.”
A post-performance conversation with the company takes place Thursday, November 6, free to ticket holders. Latsky also will participate in The Dance Center's free DanceMakers series, which features contemporary dance artists offering insight into their choreographic process, Monday, November 3, 6:30–8:30 p.m. at Access Living, 115 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago. Preregistration at colum.edu/dancemakers is required. The Chicago Humanities Festival will present “A Dancer’s Journey: A Conversation with Heidi Latsky” Sunday, November 2 at 10 a.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art (chicagohumanities.org), Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Avenue.
The New York-based Heidi Latsky Dance debuted in 2001 with the intent of creating provocative, highly technical and physically adventurous dance under the artistic direction of its founder, a longtime principal member of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Hailed by the New York Times as “a choreographer and dancer of uncommon intelligence and fluidity,” Latsky has been a significant moving force in the dance world for more than 25 years, creating works for stage, theater and film alike.
The Dance Center’s presentation of Heidi Latsky Dance is funded, in part, by Ellen Stone Belic with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
For information about the upcoming performance, call 312-369-8330 or visit colum.edu/dancecenterpresents.
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