NEXT is Next for Mo. & Co.

Monica Thomas, by Matthew Gregory Hollis


Emerging choreographer showcases have been trending for awhile now, and Mordine & Company Dance Theater‘s long running Choreographic Mentoring Program is quickly approaching as a part of NEXT, 2013 at Hamlin Park Fieldhouse.

As one of Chicago’s Modern Dance matriarchs, Shirley Mordine has been creating work with her company of dancers for 44 years.  So it’s not a bad deal to have a chance to set a new work on the company under her mentorship.  This year, mentee Penelope Hearne did just that along with Columbia College grad Liana C. Percoco.

Also on the program are Ayako Kato (a 2010 mentee) and one of their own: Mordine & Co. dancer Monica Thomas.  If that’s not enough, the company is also performing an extended version of Mordine’s All at Once/Acts of Renewal that premiered this winter.

Who isn’t in this show?

With so much to digest, this buffet of Mordinian dance is sure to have something for everyone.

NEXT 2013 runs Thursday and Friday, 7:30pm at Hamlin Park Fieldhouse (3035 N. Hoyne, 2nd floor). Tickets are $14 at the door or online at Photo of Monica Thomas by Matthew Gregory Hollis.

Author: Lauren Warnecke

Lauren Warnecke is a freelance dance critic, contributing to the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Magazine. She is senior editor of See Chicago Dance. Lauren covers dance across the Midwest and writes regularly for Dance Magazine and Pointe with additional bylines in Milwaukee Magazine, St. Louis Magazine and Dance Teacher. Forthcoming publications include essays on ballet training in Chicago (University of Illinois Press) and Shirley Mordine (University of Akron Press). In 2020, Lauren published an opinion piece on the impact of COVID-19 on the arts in the South African journal Agenda. Lauren holds degrees in dance and kinesiology and has presented research on dance training practices at the National Dance Education Organization and the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. She has co-facilitated critical dance writing intensives in Chicago and Durban, South Africa, and participated in writing residencies at the National Center for Choreography, Bates Dance Festival and JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience. Lauren teaches dance history and kinesiology for dancers, with part-time appointments at Loyola University Chicago and Illinois Wesleyan University.

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