Margi Cole / The Dance COLEctive

When Bodies Ring


Dance Studio

Peter Carpenter’s solo for Margi Cole considers the usefulness of the aging, dancing body for the current political climate.


Performance and Movement Invention: Margi Cole

Production Credits

Choreography, Direction, and Text: Peter Carpenter

Original Music: Don Nichols

Costume Design: Jeff Hancock


About the Piece

Pete and Margi would like to thank Jeff Ginsberg for his inspired voice and performance coaching during this process.


This solo was created with support from The Rivendell Foundation

About the Artist

Website: margicole.com

Social Media: @DanceCOLEctive

Artistic Director: Margi Cole


Peter Carpenter is an arts educator, performing artist, and administrator who finds opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange across lines of artistry and scholarship. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Theatre from Northwestern University (1992), and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance (2003) and Ph.D. in Culture and Performance from University of California Los Angeles (2013). He currently serves as Interim Chair of Theatre and Associate Professor of Dance at Columbia College Chicago, where he has

been on faculty since 2005. His teaching encourages students to find connections between their own appetite for movement and the socio-political forces that shape their lives. He has been making dances in professional, community, and educational settings since 1992.


Margi Cole, founder and artistic director of The Dance COLEctive, received a BA in dance from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA in dance from the University of Illinois  at Urbana-Champaign. She has taught for several educational and professional organizations nationally and internationally and performed with many well-known choreographers and companies. In 2011, Cole participated in the Deborah Hay Solo Commissioning Project. She has received two Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist

Fellowships, a 2005 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Award, two Individual Arts Program Creative Project Grants from Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and an American Marshall Memorial Fellowship. Active in the Chicago dance community, Cole has served as a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Consortium Member, on grant panels, in public forums and currently on the board of See Chicago Dance. More recently, she has been recognized as a 2018 Art Omi: Dance Resident. Cole is on faculty  at Columbia College Chicago, where she has served as a lecturer and associate chair and is currently the series program manager of the Dance Presenting Series.