THE ERA FOOTWORK CREW is developing a stage show for international touring, Living at 160, working closely with DJs from Chicago’s Teklife collective, and collaborating with visual artist and documentarian Wills Glasspiegel. Together, they’re crafting innovative media strategies that forefront footwork dance and its deep connection to the history of house music in Chicago.
As part of their year-long Institutional Incubation at High Concept Labs, THE ERA will also hold a series of footwork workshops, teaching Chicago footwork to new generations of dancers from diverse backgrounds. They will also host footwork LAB SESSIONS in partnership with HCL, which aim to showcase all the aspects of footwork culture.
THE ERA is Chicago’s premier footwork dance crew, representing the tradition of Chicago footwork dancing for local enthusiasts and international audiences alike. “Footwork is both a music and dance from Chicago,” dancer Litebulb from THE ERA explains. Over the last several years, dancers from THE ERA have performed on stages across the world, from London’s Barbican to the Pitchfork Festival to underground Brooklyn raves. The group was founded as a grassroots organization on the South Side of Chicago, uniting Chicago’s best battle dancers into a new all-star clique.
THE ERA’s founding advisor Wills Glasspiegel’s recently published feature about footwork dancing in Pitchfork Magazine.
Glasspiegel has also produced a series of video that introduce footwork culture for VICE and National Public Radio.