Developed in the studios at High Concept Laboratories, beyond this point is an explorative hybridization of a number of works written for percussionists that will immerse audiences visually and aurally into a multi-platformed fusion of contemporary art. The vertebrae of the project are the musical scores, which are consistent presences throughout the development process. The source material ranges from staples of chamber percussion repertoire and contemporary works for percussion to new commissions and improvisations. The visual and theatrical experience is to be explored through immersions that are acoustically foregrounded but explore areas of movement, sculpture, and media integrated with percussion and choreography. A development of the staging of David Lang’s the little match girl passion by the same collaboration, beyond this point strives to create work that intrinsically hinges together mediums of art in such a way that all components are codependent on each other for the work to exist.
beyond this point is an exploratory collaboration seeking to investigate resonances and intersections across several practices including theater, movement, media/film, non-traditional musical forms, sculpture, text, and installations both static and performative. The collaboration aims to engage diverse audiences on multiple levels through its exploration of resonances between artistic mediums with a goal of developing a platform in which to create works that are intrinsically coalesced along these resonances from their point of inception.
The primary collaborators are Chicago-based visual/theater artist dado Chicago and percussionists John Corkill and Alex Monroe. Previous work by the collaboration includes a sculptural performance/installation of David Lang’s the little match girl passion developed at the University of Chicago’s Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry utilizing artists and butchers from across the Chicagoland area.
dado is a visual/theater artist in Chicago. This year a good deal of her work can be seen at A Red Orchid Theatre. She prefers to explore the matrix of complications that ensue when ideas and form imbricate empathic epistemologies. dado has employed various objects and humans to make work that questions corporeality and the human condition. Is human nature? Are aliens nature? Is everybody in? Do the hokey pokey.
John Corkill is currently serving as the instructor of percussion studies at Loyola University, Merit School of Music, and Chicago High School for the Arts. As a chamber musician, John has held residencies at the Chamber Music Northwest, Norfolk, and Yellow Barn Festivals. Originally trained as an orchestral musician, John is currently a member of the NOVUS Orchestra in New York City and frequently substitutes with orchestras throughout the Chicago area. John received his Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University and Master of Music Degree from the Yale University School of Music.
Chicago percussionist Alex Monroe holds degrees in percussion performance from Northwestern University (M.M.) and Truman State University (B.M.). As an orchestral musician, he has performed under the batons of Riccardo Muti and Jaap van Zweden. An advocate of new music, Alex has premiered chamber works by Joseph Schwantner and Robert Lombardo, and performs regularly with the Chicago Composers Orchestra. He continues to explore new avenues in contemporary art through interdisciplinary collaborations.