This Fall, High Concept Laboratories is partnering with Chicago Loop Alliance to provide Programming and Production Assistance for the September 8th Open Streets event, Color Jam Chromatic. The program celebrates Chicago’s diverse dance community with 9 different companies, all performing amidst the backdrop of Jessica Stockholder’s vibrant installation, Color Jam. As a part of Open Streets, all performances will be presented in the intersection of State and Adams which will be closed to street traffic for the free event!
10:30am Molly Steigerwald/Jade Daugherty
11:00am Chicago Verge Dance Theatre
11:30am Pachacamak Folk Dance
12:00pm Jeff Orluck
1:00pm Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre
2:00pm Puzzle League
The mission of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater is to re-imagine and diversify the aesthetics of contemporary dance by bringing together modern, classical, and African-American traditions in dance. In its uncompromising pursuit of excellence in performance, the development of new choreography, the training of dancers, and the creation of a diverse audience, the company seeks to demonstrate how art and beauty play a transformative role in society.
Khecari is a non-profit contemporary dance company presenting the work of choreographers Julia Rae Antonick and Jonathan Meyer as well as their collaboration together. Their work stems from rigorous artistic inquiry of improvisation, somatically based choreographic generation, investigation into momentum and kinetically exuberant partnering, and re-envisioning the intricacies of the theatre to offer unexpected modes of audience experience.
The performance on the 8th will be a improvisation in silence by Julia Antonick and Jonathan Meyer.
Since its founding in 1982, the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago (MFDC) has dedicated itself to showcasing the splendors of Mexican art and culture which resonate in the diverse, thrilling, and inspiring folkloric dance works. MFDC’s performances reflect Mexico’s rich history which shapes its traditional arts, culture, and values. The historical periods revealed in the dances include pre-Columbian indigenous times, the Spanish Colonial Period, the Struggle for Independence and the 1910 Mexican Revolution. This complex history includes also the story of many cultural influences merging with the ancient and glorious indigenous cultures of Mexico. The mixture of these various cultural elements has served to develop a grand archive of Mexican folkloric dance with its inspiring music and rich attire which now is “just Mexican” and unique.
Chicago Verge Dance Theatre (CVDT) was founded in January 2011 by Hilary Barry and Tyne Shillingford. The company has performed original contemporary dance choreographed by the founders and guests artists throughout Chicago since its inception. CVDT is fully dedicated to supporting the arts community across all disciplines in the city. Chicago Verge Dance Theatre is also the creator of “ArtSLAM,” an inter-disciplinary performance festival featuring spoken word, storytelling, music, and dance.
CVDT will present 4 contemporary works. Comfort, choreographed by co-founder Tyne Shillingford, is a quartet of women who find solace and strength in friendship. Footlore: Wings, choreographed and danced by co-founder Hilary Barry, tells the story of a man who finds peace after one of his prized pigeons returns after many years of absence. The Chase, choreographed by Shillingford, is a dynamic duet that explores limitations and struggle. Audience favorite, M-F.9-5. 40hrs. Eternity., choreographed by Barry, is a comedic look at the “everyday” commute on the CTA.
Pachacamak is an Andean-Afro Ecuadorian dance group directed by Carmen Edith Freeze. Honoring family and ancestors traditions and to promote multiculturalism and the empowerment of women and children.
Pachacamak Folk Dance is a non-profit organization In Chicago Illinois. The folk group performs regularly in the Chicago area and it is proud to share the rich cultural tradition of Andean-Afro Ecuadorian folk dance with the world.
Pachacamak dances reflect the multiethnic and multicultural character of the country. Ecuador’s dances and music have been influenced by traditional Andean music, indigenous jungle music and African rhythms. The combination of African and Andean cultures has produced a very particular kind of dance and music known as Bomba. Pachacamak Folk believes that dance and music is universal and unites all people regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender and age. Pachacamak is inspired by art and culture, nurtured by the generous human spirit, and bonded by love. Pachacamak represent the universal language of the heart and knows no borders.
Synapse Arts is a Chicago-based performance group that utilizes a laboratory approach to create live art. They generate opportunities for artists to integrate their skills and work collaboratively on performance-based projects. These projects continually encompass movement experimentation, theater, voice, photography, music, visual art, video, creative writing, and stage design. Railing against the self-centered climate of our times, Synapse works to develop the artist through shared experience and create works that encourage viewers to question their own social perception. We believe that the purpose of our artwork is to evoke critical thought, raw emotion, and fresh inspiration in its witness.
Synapse is dedicated to keeping their events available to all by doing public/site-specific work, and making admission prices inexpensive or free.
Molly Steigerwald is a visual artist from Vermont, currently residing in Asheville, NC. Jade Daugherty is a performance artist from Chicago, IL. After meeting at Beloit College in Wisconsin, “CARRY” marks the beginning of the pairs’ cross-national collaborative endeavors. Originally choreographed by Steigerwald in 2011, the two chose to revisit the piece for inclusion in Color Jam Chromatics.
Jeff has been choreographing around the Chicago land area for the last 10 years; specifically with All Star and competitive dance teams. He is always looking for different companies or teams that are looking for truly entertaining choreography. When I first found out about Color Jam I knew I wanted to create something exciting that would get everyone pumped up and grooving to the music! The piece is a mix of top hits including artists such as Kelly Roland, Carley Rae Jepsen, Nicki Minaj, and Pitbull. The dance has a sassy jazz feel with a funky edge to it. My goal is to make the love of dance contagious; so jam out while we rock the intersection of State and Adams!
The Puzzle League is a dance company comprised of talented individuals with extensive training and years of performance experience. They have experience choreographing and back-up dancing for various local musical artists and have won numerous local competitions. Individually, these dancers have received rewards/recognition from some of the industry’s best at conventions such as Monsters of Hip Hop and Urban Jamm. Upon recognizing their strengths, The Puzzle League decided to combine their talents and form a strong dance group to take on the performance/entertainment industry with the goal of inspiring audiences and fellow dancers alike.