Wow! What a marathon of fall shows we have all been lucky to be a part of either dancing, designing, or watching! The fall Chicago Dance Season has NOT disappointed and I am still not done! Since Sept 1st, I have travelled to South Africa and been fortunate to design 8 World Premier dances!! In that time, I have also remounted a show I designed in 2008 and have put up a show 3 times in 4 days in 2 different venues.
The Chicago Fall Dance Marathon is not for the faint at heart, that is for sure! Up next (next week) is Paige Cunningham Caldarella‘s Chicago Dancemakers Forum performance Off Center, AND a guest spot on River North Dance Chicago’s dance card, and then off to New York for a week to put up Deeply Rooted’s Generations at the Mark Morris Studios. NYC, I can’t wait to be in you! Finishing my round robins of dance a re-mount of Kristina Isabelle’s The Floating City in Columbus, Ohio.
Monument holds a special place in my heart, as it is the first show I designed with Carrie Hanson and The Seldoms. I have now been with the company for 6 years and traveled near and far (Siberia) with these amazingly talented dancers. I was so happy to hear that we were bringing this piece back, because it is still a very BIG issue. I hope you can come check it out tonight or tomorrow afternoon.
If, Martha Graham is your favorite choreographer you should head over and see Vision, Faith, & Desire: dancemakers inspired by Martha Graham, over at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. I have been fortunate to also have been working with Winifred Haun for the last 5 years as well. Between her new piece, “Don’t Linger to Long” and Lizzie Leopold’s, “The Near Future”, it is a great evening of dance.
Go see some dance! I hope you enjoy watching these shows, as much as I enjoyed working on them!!!
The next day I start playing double duty with the above and stepping back into my Lighting Design shoes for Catherine Tiso and her show Diverge/Connect. I can’t be more excited to work with these wonderful folks!
I am incredibly lucky to be joining forces with Dance in the Parks again! Katie McCann is a good friend of mine and has been for many years and she is so invested in this project that it makes others want to get involved. There are many shows left over the next 2 weeks, come check them out. This years heavy hitters include:
Peter Carpenter, associate professor, Colombia College Chicago
Sinead Gildea, executive director of Impetus Dance Theater and staff choreographer at Lou Conte and Inaside Chicago Dance
Selected by Time Out Chicago as one of the top dance performances of 2012, PRODUCE is a multi-disciplinary lab for sound and movement artists to play with their work, and with the traditional audience format.
Selected artists are “mashed” together in various combinations and conditions over four consecutive performances. Throughout each performance and the series, the audience has an opportunity to provide real-time feedback, ask questions, figure out what experimental performance is and how it works, and help to inform the next phase of the performance (the substance of which is largely decided in the moment). Artists and audience alike witness the deconstruction and regeneration of existing works thrust into unforeseen territories as dictated by co-hosts Lauren Warnecke and Signal Ensemble Member Anthony Ingram.
This year’s line-up:
Country Death Trip
Mark Hardy / Celestial Architecture
Carol McCurdy and Michael Zerang
The Nexus Project
Newman and Newman
hey girl hey omg girl real life (Heather Marie Vernon and Darling Shear)
In my attempts to continue being all around “Jill-of-all-trades”, I have expanded one of my titles to Master Electrician, well at least for a few weeks. I am really lucky to be working with Sarah Petty, sarahpettydesign.com and TeamStarkid www.teamstarkid.com/ on their new show “Twisted“! It runs through July 28, hope you got your tickets!!!
This year I was fortunate to be a part of the 20th Anniversary of the Performing Arts Workshop (PAW) in Gillette, WY. From casting to closing (only 3 weeks) I was here with 68 kids, 16 Alumni, and 20 staff as their Stage Manager. For 10-12 hours a day these kids worked their tails off to make The Journey So Far… come to life.