Dance Center of Columbia College season opener

BalletX photo by Alexander Iziliaev
BalletX photo by Alexander Iziliaev

Pick an art form and you can find it in Chicago, in spades. A gem that presents performing and visual arts is Columbia College. Specifically, the Dance Center of Columbia College offers contemporary dance performances featuring local, national, and international artists of great significance. Their 2014-2015 season opens with the Chicago debut of a weekend of performances by BalletX, Philadelphia’s leading contemporary ballet company.

This showcase, co-directed by Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan, will present 4 pieces.  Slump and Valentine’s Day, both by Joshua L. Peugh, deal with primal matters of courtship and mating rituals, and give and take mixed with romance and responsibility, respectively. Delicate Balance by Jodie Gates highlights the athletic and artistic abilities of the 10-member dance company, featuring music by Arvo Pärt, Henryk Gorecki, Gavin Byers, David Lang and Max Richter. Finally, a piece selected as “Dance Favorite for 2013” by the New York Times, Neenan’s The Last Glass is a ballet that builds mysteriously and slowly, and includes music by American indie-rock band Beirut.

This season opener is being performed only September 18–20, Thursday–Saturday at 8 p.m. at The Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Ave. Single tickets are $30. For information, call 312-369-8330 or visit colum.edu/dancecenterpresents. As a special addition, a post-performance talk back with the artists will occur Thursday, September 18, and a pre-performance talk with Matthew Neenan takes place Friday, September 19 at 7 p.m. Both events are free to ticket holders.

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