BELOIT (BC) -- —Choreographer and dancer Margi Cole has made it her goal to challenge assumptions about how dance is presented, through the use of cutting-edge choreography, innovative collaborations and community events.
Cole and her company, The Dance COLEctive, will bring their unique style to Beloit College for a week of classes in entrepreneurship, improvisation, living sculpture and dance technique from Monday, Feb. 22, through Saturday, Feb. 26, culminating in performances by The Dance COLEctive on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25 and 26, at 7:30 p.m., in Studio 1 of the Hendricks Center for the Arts at 409 Pleasant St. in downtown Beloit. All events are free and open to the public.
The repertoire of The Dance COLEctive is widely varied, often incorporating site-specific choreographies and elements of film and theatre. For their Beloit performance, the company will present three pieces; Supergirl, a solo performance by Cole that incorporates dance, comedy and costuming, Pull Taut, a dance inspired by experiments with Malcolm Gladwell’s theory in his book, Blink, about “the power of thinking without really thinking,” and Written on the Body, a work for six dancers which uses the lives of the Brontë sisters as a point of departure in its exploration of gender roles and stereotypes.
Now in its 15th year, The Dance COLEctive began in 1996 as a vehicle for exploring collaboration in choreography and dance while promoting the creativity of new and emerging artists. Over the past 14 years, TDC has contributed to the support of 16 choreographers, 56 dancers and 60 collaborating artists, many of them from Illinois.
This presentation is supported by the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from Wisconsin Arts Board, General Mills Foundation, and Land O’Lakes Foundation. This presentation is also supported by CELEB, Beloit College Dance and Jane Quisenberry Wirtz’35 funding for theater for social change.