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College dancers performing in Chicago this weekend

September 30, 2010


Chelonia Dance, Beloit College’s dance company, has been selected to perform a new work choreographed by professor Chris Johnson at the inaugural Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts on Friday, Oct. 1. Tickets for the festival, which runs from Oct. 1 to Oct. 3, are $20 general admission and $16 for students and seniors, and can be purchased from the Ruth Page Theater box office at 312-337-6543, or online at

The piece to be performed by Chelonia Dance is a collaboration between professor Chris Johnson, winner of the James R. Underkofler Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2002, and Beloit alumna Joan Truckenbrod’67, video sculpture artist and faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The dance focuses on environmental and sustainability issues, and explores the dichotomy of the damage and the benefit that large populations acting in concert can bring about.

The Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival was founded in 2010 as a way to share and celebrate the work of practicing contemporary dance artists and companies. Producers Nicole Gifford and Melissa Mallinson have a combined 20 years of experience in producing dance events, choreographing, and performing their works in Chicago and throughout the Midwest.

Since auditions on Sept. 4, Beloit College dancers have rehearsed under a grueling schedule to have the piece performance-ready by the festival. The choreography will also be performed at Chelonia, the annual Beloit College dance exhibition, held on campus on Feb 3-6, 2011, as well as at the American College Dance Association's (ACDA) regional conference at St. Olaf University in Northfield, MN in March, 2011. More information on this and other Beloit College events can be found online at