High Concept Labs and Chicago Dancemakers Forum join forces this May to present a Cultural Conversation on dramaturgy and contemporary dancemaking. The full day of events will include panel discussions by renowned choreographer + dramaturg teams, stimulating lunch discussions, and a focal open rehearsal designed to demystify the dramaturgical process. Registration is encouraged.
CDF + hcl invite creators, dramaturges, performers, students, and audience members to engage in dialogue about theory and practice of dramaturgy, the choreographic process and the dancing body. The day is designed to heighten awareness of dramaturgy as a practice for the creation of new dances and to connect artists with one another in an environment conducive to making new friends, stimulating collaborative partnerships and new ways of working.
Artistic teams Reggie Wilson and Susan Manning; Carrie Hanson and Michael Kramer with dancer Philip Elson; and Lin Hixson, Matthew Goulish and Bryan Saner will participate in a panel discussion focusing on choreographic process, dramaturgy and the body, moderated by Chicago Dancemakers Forum Executive Director Ginger Farley. Artists will offer informal “case studies” sharing the particulars of their shared creative processes on a given work or long term collaboration. The artists will discuss and demonstrate, with the live moving body and with other materials, the process, ways of working, challenges, and successes that they have participated in together.
The second part of the day will include a free catered lunch and table talk led by Meida McNeil and Julia Mayer. A concurrent open rehearsal “blind date” with choreographer Darrell Jones and dramaturge Kat Zukaitis will culminate in a focal live presentation of dramaturgical process at 1:45 PM.
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.