Please note: this program does not take place at High Concept Labs at Mana Contemporary Chicago.
WHO IS ALEXA GRÆ? is an evening with multidisciplinary opera and movement-based queer performance artist ALEXA GRÆ, the inaugural participant of 2016’s Chicago Queer Arts Mentorship Program (CQAMP), an Institutional Incubation Project of High Concept Labs. The evening will share live performance of Sur la nuit, combining French opera and electronic soundscape in addition to a film preview of the|prince. Following the performance, ALEXA GRÆ will be joined by mentor Steve Abrams and CQAMP Program Director Joseph Varisco for a conversation with the audience.
ALEXA GRÆ’s work is a combination of artistic disciplines informed by specialized academic training in music composition and opera. Rigorous training as an opera student challenged them to transcend the boundaries of various art forms and to understand cultural boundaries of art in the everyday world. They bridge these chasms by focusing on how art informs identities, socialization habits, self-expression, and the ability to create, creating genre-defying performances that incorporate multiple dance styles, theatrical personas, and experimental storytelling styles.
The Chicago Queer Arts Mentorship Program (CQAMP) supports Chicago queer arts and artists by partnering emerging artists with established industry professionals through year-long mentorships focused on project or career specific goals. CQAMP fosters artistic partnerships, invests in queer cultural heritage, supports healthy professional practices.