NEXT 50.1
December 12 & 13, 2019 | Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater | 7:30 pm

As Mordine & Company Dance Theater takes a step into its next half-century, NEXT 50.1 continues Mo & Co's tradition with interdisciplinary collaborations and furthers Founding Artistic Director Shirley Mordine's vision to inspire and nurture emerging artists. 

Featuring new works by Shirley Mordine and Ayako Kato, NEXT 50.1 includes excerpts of Company repertoire, as well as 3 mentoring projects. Inspired by Buddhist beliefs and philosophy, Always the Beginning, choreographed by Ayako Kato, pursues the question: how much can people be empty to be fully themselves? Experimenting with the idea of Other Voices, Shirley Mordine directs a new improvisational work, in collaboration with musician Fred Simon. Continuing Mordine's legacy of collaboration, and back by popular demand, excerpts of Edge Mode (1994) and I haven't heard from you (2003) make a triumphant return!


Danielle Gilmore, Melissa Pillarella, Nick Schrier, Austin Shirley, Emily Stepleton

Recent Events

Chicago Dance Month Open Rehearsal
April 10 | Indian Boundary Park | 10am-1pm

Witness and be part of the creation process. Showcasing a few works presented this season, this event will include opportunities for attendees to inquire about each artist’s dance-making process, respond, comment and give feedback on the new works. Feel free to come by anytime in between!

See Chicago Dance Dance Month Scavenger Hunt
April 30 | Chicago River Walk | 4:30pm-6pm

Join Mordine & Co., and other Chicago dance companies for See Chicago Dance's 2019 Chicago Dance Month Scavenger Hunt!

This progressive event along the Chicago Riverwalk with site-specific performances begins at the Riverwalk Ramp on Wacker (between Lake and Franklin Streets, ADA compliant), concluding at City Winery Chicago Riverwalk.

50th Season Celebration Performance
May 17 & 18 | Links Hall | 7pm

This season, we are remounting and reinventing historic repertoire from different decades, as well as introducing new works by company members. A culmination of the depth, history, invention, teaching, and collaborations, Collisions I (2017), choreographed by Artistic Director Shirley Mordine, with music by composer Vijay Iyer & Fred Simon, focuses on the evolution and changes of natural elements as witnessed in nature. Set to lush music by Mozart, “I haven’t heard from you…” (2003), was originally created in response to the threat of war in Iraq. Also presented this season will be a re-imagined Three Women (1974), featuring projection design by video artist Monica Thomas.


Come help us celebrate 50 years of Mordine & Company Dance Theater!