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May
29
Fri
Imposter/Contained by dropshift dance
May 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Imposter/Contained by dropshift dance @ Links Hall at Constellation | Chicago | Illinois | United States

Links Hall and hcl Sponsored Artist Dropshift Dance present Imposter/Contained

Imposter/Contained unites movement, textural installation, and video projection with live original score to embody how hierarchical power structures impact mood, choice, and dynamic within individual character and community. Directed by Andrea Cerniglia, movement sequences reveal exaggerated shaping, acceleration and deceleration of time, and gestural mannerisms unique to each performer. Installation elements enclose, contain, and guide movers and audience members through a divided space. Animated movement characters are revealed as the viewer experiences a world of dynamic mood shifts, layered sounds, and vibrant video projections.

Imposter/Contained‘s collaborative team includes artistic architect and director of dropshift dance, Andrea Cerniglia, composer Chris Fisher-Lochhead, designers Collin Bunting and Jeremiah Jones, video artist Rosa Gaia Saunders, and lighting designer Richard Norwood.

The Imposter Series is the current collaborative performance vehicle for dropshift dance, a performance company that is a provocative, inquisitive and authoritative investigator of movement. Conceived through a collaborative incubation laboratory of movement, sound, and visual installation, the work engages audience with dialogue, choice and experimental practice. dropshift was founded in 2009 by Chicago based artist Andrea Cerniglia as a movement project dedicated to a collaborative and investigative studio practice and pushing the boundaries of the art form in performance.

This event will take place at Links Hall at Constellation, 3111 North Western Avenue, Chicago

May
30
Sat
CDF Lab Artists Work In Progress Showings
May 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
CDF Lab Artists Work In Progress Showings @ High Concept Labs | Chicago | Illinois | United States

Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artists Ahmad Simmons and Adam Rose present the first work-in-progress showings of their developing projects for CDF. The program is free and open to the public, and each presentation will be followed by a feedback session.

THEM
Ahmad Simmons and Pursuit Productions

THEM is a dance/theatre exploration of the fear and violence that result from categorizing ourselves and creating an “other” or “them” in our community. THEM explores how forming groups and categorizing ourselves naturally alienates others, and how that “otherness” fosters fear and distrust. This fear and distrust causes a natural defensive reaction, a “puffing up of our feathers,” that actually deepens the initial fear and is a major factor in the violence and disenfranchisement we are experiencing. Initially inspired by the realities of life in Chicago and the Rainer Maria Rilke quote “Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love,” THEM will blend contemporary dance, animation, film and theatre to give an individual face to the “other.” pursuitchicago.com

The Turning
Music and performance by Adam Rose / Antibody Corporation

“The Turning” takes its title from the period in Heidegger’s later philosophy known as “The Turn.” Here it suggests the physical action of turning, as well as the mental act of turning: turning against old beliefs, and turning towards something new. The Antibody turns against and against until it comes full circle.

“The Turning” belongs to a larger work-in-progress, “Against Being,” which places dance within the context of the philosophical debate between Being and Becoming. antibodycorp.org

THEM and The Turning / Against Being is supported by the Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Award. Chicago Dancemakers Forum (CDF) strengthens the field of dance in Chicago overall by supporting deep investigation, bold risk-taking, and artistic rigor. CDF provides multi-layered support for Chicago choreographers through its prestigious Lab Artists program, public workshops, events, and residencies, all with strong emphasis on artistic and professional development. The CDF Lab Artist Program makes $15,000 cash grants to choreographers annually. Grants are combined with mentorship throughout the research, development and performance of a newly choreographed work. chicagodancemakers.org

Additional support for THEM has been provided by High Concept Labs. High Concept Labs (hcl) is a Chicago-born not-for-profit arts service organization and cultural platform dedicated to supporting working artists and engaging the Chicago community with arts and culture. Partnering with artists at every step of the creative process, hcl offers high-quality custom support services through its Sponsored Artist Program. hcl also curates and hosts Cultural Conversations, presents special community events, and facilitates educational arts partnerships. With a vibrant cycle of programs and process-support, High Concept Labs grows community alongside culture and fosters new audiences for the arts. highconceptlabs.org

May
31
Sun
KIDCO at the Mana Spring Open House
May 31 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
KIDCO at the Mana Spring Open House @ High Concept Labs | Chicago | Illinois | United States

Join the Kristina Isabelle Dance Company (KIDCO) in the hcl studio for the Mana Contemporary Chicago Spring Open House on Sunday, May 31 from 1 to 4 PM. KIDCO will share two work-in-progress pieces: And The Spirit Moved Me, a new piece looking at the life and work of modern dance master Sybil Shearer; and Isabelle, which explores nature and spirituality in movement with  durational explorations and interactive feedback from the audience.

KIDCO will also share the latest stilt dance work with Angela Luem, Sarah Gonsoriowski and Katie Graves—pushing the physical body to new expressive heights.

The studio will be open from 1 to 4 PM, and you are welcome to come in at any time. Formal showings will occur at 1:45 PM, 2:30 PM and 3:15 PM.  Interact up close with their process, tell them what you see in the movement, and get involved in the making of these two unique works.

Learn more about the Kristina Isabelle Dance Company >

Imposter/Contains by Dropshift Dance
May 31 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Imposter/Contains by Dropshift Dance @ Links Hall at Constellation | Chicago | Illinois | United States

Links Hall and hcl Sponsored Artist Dropshift Dance present Imposter/Contained

Imposter/Contained unites movement, textural installation, and video projection with live original score to embody how hierarchical power structures impact mood, choice, and dynamic within individual character and community. Directed by Andrea Cerniglia, movement sequences reveal exaggerated shaping, acceleration and deceleration of time, and gestural mannerisms unique to each performer. Installation elements enclose, contain, and guide movers and audience members through a divided space. Animated movement characters are revealed as the viewer experiences a world of dynamic mood shifts, layered sounds, and vibrant video projections.

Imposter/Contained‘s collaborative team includes artistic architect and director of dropshift dance, Andrea Cerniglia, composer Chris Fisher-Lochhead, designers Collin Bunting and Jeremiah Jones, video artist Rosa Gaia Saunders, and lighting designer Richard Norwood.

The Imposter Series is the current collaborative performance vehicle for dropshift dance, a performance company that is a provocative, inquisitive and authoritative investigator of movement. Conceived through a collaborative incubation laboratory of movement, sound, and visual installation, the work engages audience with dialogue, choice and experimental practice. dropshift was founded in 2009 by Chicago based artist Andrea Cerniglia as a movement project dedicated to a collaborative and investigative studio practice and pushing the boundaries of the art form in performance.

This event will take place at Links Hall at Constellation, 3111 North Western Avenue, Chicago

Jun
4
Thu
Artist Talks with Alexander Stewart and Mark Booth
Jun 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Artist Talks with Alexander Stewart and Mark Booth @ High Concept Labs | Chicago | Illinois | United States

Join Spring Sponsored Artists Alexander Stewart and Mark Booth as they speak about their work and process, and preview their developments at hcl.

Filmmaker Alexander Stewart will discuss String Beams, his new film work that utilizes lasers and mirrors to create sculptural drawings. Concepts, photos and images will be shared to explain the work and show where it is headed.

Artist Mark Booth will share his process for the interdisciplinary, language-based work THE SEA IS REPRESENTED BY AN IRREGULAR SHAPE, an absurd attempt at comprehensiveness. Material will also be drawn from Booth’s current showing at the Lula Gallery in Chicago.

Jun
10
Wed
Open
Jun 10 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Open @ High Concept Labs | Chicago | Illinois | United States

Sponsored Artists dropshift dance and composer/pianist Luke Gullickson unite in a methodical approach to movement and music in their new work, Open. During their time at High Concept Labs, dropshift dance Artistic Director Andrea Cerniglia has explored a creative process favoring ritual and intellectual endurance. The movement stands in contrast and complement to the musical work for piano and viola—a mediation on the spaces and musical communities of Gullickson’s homes in Wyoming, New Mexico, and Chicago. Spare movement sequence, intricate gesture, and nuanced character develop visual texture and image and bring the musical composition to life.

The performance of Open at hcl will also celebrate the release of the album version of Gullickson’s Open on his label, Two Labyrinths Records.

Read Andrea’s post on the hcl blog: “Endurance, Patience, and Trust“, “Ritual, Intricacy and Structure“.

Read Luke’s posts about Open at the New Music Box blog >

Jul
10
Fri
Vaudeo Motion II
Jul 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Vaudeo Motion II @ High Concept Labs | Chicago | Illinois | United States

The cybermystics of Vaudeo Motion take you on another journey through dimensions of synaesthetic expanse—this time with a special guest.

More information to come.