Two-Day Choreographic and Performance Workshop

with Shirley Mordine

Saturday, August 1 & Sunday, August 2

10:00 am - 1:00 pm


 "Shirley approaches teaching and choreography with a straight-forward and concise nature. She looks to get to the core of an idea and then flesh out the contents. Working with Shirley is about going back to the basics of dance and remembering exactly why you learned them in the first place. Her work isn't about a dancer's technicality, but how technique can help define time, space and energy through a body."  

 -Kimberly Murry, Mordine & Co. Dancer   


The focus of this workshop is to integrate physical and improvisational skills to arrive at clarity of choreographic intention.

Open to intermediate and advanced levels. Some performance experience will be helpful. 

Limited to 12 participants


SESSION 1: Saturday, August, 1 - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm in Studio A

Discovering Your Voice, Your Stories: We will explore and expand the kinetic and sensual potential of your stories leading to performance.


SESSION 2: Sunday, August 2 - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm in Studio B

Inventing with Others: We will explore ensemble building skills to discover imagery and potential for structural invention. 


COST: $90 for full workshop; $50 for one day

REGISTER BY JULY 15 & SAVE: $80 for full workshop; $45 for one day - use code EARLYBIRD

*Participants may register for a single day however we recommend taking both sessions, as the material will be progressive.


LOCATION: Links Hall at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60618



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Mordine & Company - Photographer: Katie Graves

Mordine  & Co. Dance Theater premiered
Cast By the Sun: Light Play in 3 Parts at Links Hall Constellation
March 12, 13 & 14, 2015


Choreography & Direction: Shirley Mordine

Dancers: Zachary Bird, Danielle Gilmore, Kimberly Murry,

Michael, O'Neill, Melissa Pillarella, Shannon Washington

Dramaturgs: Michael Montenegro, Bryan Saner

Original Percussion Score and Live Performance: Peter Ferry

Lighting & Set Design: Phil Martini and Josh Weckesser



2013-2014 Season


The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago presents Mordine & Co. Dance Theater as part of the Dance Center's Presenting Series 40th Anniversary Season.  October 3, 4 & 5, 2013 


Shirley Mordine launched The Dance Center’s performance series in 1974, four years after she founded The Dance Center’s academic department. Four decades later, she’s back on The Dance Center stage with a revival of I Haven’t Gone There... (2010). Inspired by Commedia del Arte, the piece features six performers and four musicians who, like troubadours, lure the audience on a journey to unknown places, with unexpected encounters. Its music is composed by Mark Messing, performed live by members of the maverick marching band Mucca Pazza with text by Bryan Saner of the former Goat Island Performance Group. Exploring the increasing experience of simultaneity, All at Once/Acts of Renewal is inspired by the ability to quickly process a deluge of information in the digital age. Renowned composer Shawn Decker’s original score includes a montage of recognizable music from different eras and genres.


CDF Breakout: Celebrating a New Decade of Dance. November 16, 2013


Chicago Dancemakers Forum (CDF) is marking its tenth anniversary with a daylong celebration of dance. Some 30 notable choreographers who have been supported through CDF are performing throughout the afternoon and evening with works for the concert stage and installation-based works set in the museum’s galleries, as well as dance films. Mordine & Co. will perform in this daylong event celebrating 10 years of Chicago Dancemakers Forum  The CDF Break Out! daytime program (1 - 5 pm) is free with museum admission.


45 Years: A Benefit for Mordine & Company Dance Theater


The evening includes a preview of Cast By the Sun with original music by Peter Ferry and featuring Company members Simone Baechle, Danielle Gilmore, Joseph Hutto, Emily Lukasewski, Michael O'Neill, Melissa Pillarella; an excerpt from I Haven't Gone There...; New work by Choreographic Mentoring Project Recipients José A. Luis and Emily Lukasewski; Wine, hors d'oeuvres, and great company.

Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 6:00 pm. Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood, Chicago, IL 60613