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 reporter for NPR affiliate station WGLT and freelance arts and culture critic, primarily reviewing dance for the Chicago Tribune. Lauren enjoys cooking, cycling and attempting to grow things in her backyard. She lives in central Illinois.

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