GDC: 59th Season Fall Series - Illuminate

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Giordano Dance Chicago (GDC) returns to the Harris Theater with a joyous program and a beautiful new company of 13 dancers. This engagement also marks the final performances by 14-year veteran GDC Company dancer Zachary Heller with the company.

The program will feature the following works from GDC’s repertoire:
• Marinda Davis’ “Flickers” (2019). GDC Company dancer Heller is showcased in this full-company work by Davis, a renowned and inspirational choreographer whose work captures how dreams come true when buoyed by flickers of hope.
• Autumn Eckman’s “A Little Moonlight” (2010). Seasoned GDC veterans Adam Houston and Katie Rafferty are featured in this light hearted romp.
• Ray Mercer’s “Shirt Off My Back” (2015). This full-company work choreographed by award-winning choreographer Mercer explores the inherent sacrifices people make as they enter into a relationship.
• Joshua Blake Carter’s “Take a Gambol” (2018). Set to a score of 1960s jazz classics, “Take a Gambol” features the entire GDC ensemble dancers of 13 dancers. The work, originally premiered with a cast of eight men, has been completely reworked.
• Christopher Huggins “Pyrokinesis” (2007). Independent choreographer and former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer Huggins’ work showcases the unique and specific strengths of the individual company members in two movements: one lyrical and flowing; the other, percussive and explosive. This is one of the first works Heller performed when he joined the company in 2007.
• COMPANY PREMIERE: “All For You” by Adam Houston. This pas de deux choreographed by GDC’s Houston, and performed by GDC dancers Skyler Newcom and Ashley Downs, was created for “Giordano on Giordano,” a program of works choreographed by GDC Company members and staff and performed by the artists of Giordano II.

Please note: As the Harris Theater prepares to reopen to the public, please note that all audience members attending performances inside the Theater will be required to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test prior to entering the facility. In addition, all audience members will be required to wear a mask while inside the venue, regardless of vaccination status. For more information about Harris Theater protocols, visit

Photo above by Todd Rosenberg.

Running Time
2 hours
Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary


Harris Theater for Music and Dance

205 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 334-2400