The Dance Center at Columbia College Chicago to Present Three Live Performances for Spring 2022

Eiko Otake, Photo by William JohnstonEiko Otake, Photo by William Johnston
Spring 2022 season includes Eiko Otake, Sara Juli, and new work from local stars on the rise

The Dance Center at Columbia College Chicago announces its Spring 2022 season, which includes Eiko Otake, Sara Juli, and premiere commissioned work from four Chicago choreographers from the Chicago Artists Performance Platform (CAPP)—Keyierra Collins, Orlando De León Jr., Keisha Janae, and Vershawn Sanders-Ward.

The Dance Center is proud to be supporting the creation of new work from four local choreographers. The group is working in an intensive mentorship practice with choreographer Bebe Miller and her longtime collaborator and Dance Center faculty member Darrell Jones. Director of the Dance Presenting Series Ellen Chenoweth notes, “We have been rebuilding our commissioning practice thanks to support from the Driehaus Foundation and it feels particularly important to help in the development of new dance creations however we can at the moment. There is such incredible talent in the dance worlds of Chicago and I can’t wait to see what these artists create. The fact that they are all alums of the Dance Center adds an extra layer of richness.”

Performance details are the following:

Eiko Otake

The Duet Project: Distance is Malleable

February 11-12, 2022


Run time: 60 minutes

Post-performance discussion following the Friday, February 11 performance


Chicago Artists Performance Platform (CAPP)

South Loop Spark Plug

March 11-12, 2022


Post-performance discussion with the choreographers following the Friday, March 11 performance


Sara Juli

Burnt-Out Wife

April 22-23, 2022


Run time: 50 minutes

Post-performance discussion following the Friday, April 22 performance

Columbia continues to hold safety measures in place informed by guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago, and consultations with epidemiology experts from Rush University and the University of Chicago. Additional health and safety protocols have been set in place, including a larger lobby, increased cleaning measures, and an upgraded air filtration system. The theater will be limited to a 75% capacity and all patrons, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask at all times while in the Dance Center. Patrons will need to show proof of vaccination, or a negative test within the past 48 hours before entering the lobby.

General admission tickets are $30. Tickets for students at any institution are $10 and tickets for dance industry members and Columbia faculty and staff are $15.

Tickets are on sale now and are available online at or at the Dance Center box office at 1306 S. Michigan Ave. The box office can be reached at 312-369-8330 and is open from Tuesday – Friday, 1-8pm, Saturday, 2-4pm, and the two hours before each performance.

The Dance Center

The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago is the city’s leading presenter of contemporary dance, showcasing artists of regional, national, and international significance. The Dance Center has been named “Chicago’s Best Dance Theatre” by Chicago magazine, “Best Dance Venue” by the Chicago Reader and Chicago’s top dance venue by Newcity, and Time Out Chicago cited it as “…consistently offering one of Chicago’s strongest lineups of contemporary and experimental touring dance companies.”

Programs at the Dance Center are supported, in part, by the Alphawood Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Martha Struthers Farley and Donald C. Farley Jr. Family Foundation, the Walder Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support for the presentations of Sara Juli and Eiko Otake is provided by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Eiko Otake’s engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest GIG Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Special thanks to Friends of the Dance Center for their generous contributions to the Dance Center’s work.


Daisy Franco
Communications Manager