April 22 - 30, 2010
Fine Arts Building
410 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
The premiere of Commissura, marked the culmination of Julia Rae Antonick's 2009 CDF Lab Artist Award, and her eighteen month exploration into Duologue, or what it means to be a duet artist.
Researched in several stages, the first work completed for the Duologue project was the acclaimed Tacit, co-created with Antonick's frequent collaborator and former CDF Lab Artist, Jonathan Meyer, which premiered in Chicago in 2010. Known for her integration of such disparate forms as contact improvisation, modern dance, and Indonesian dance, Antonick brings filigree to physics and yields a profoundly physical, subtly nuanced choreography. Antonick, who studied tango in Argentina as part of her Duologue research, commented about the project:
"Some time ago I realized that I identify myself as a duet artist, or 'duetist,' if you will, as opposed to a soloist or ensemble artist. I love that duets involve an intensity and singularity of focus that is similar to solo work, but also contain the richness and complexity of two. I decided I wanted to dig deep into the concept of duet to explore its range of possibilities."
Using a sampling of the vignettes and dance forms embedded in Tacit as departure points, Commissura expanded and deepened to confront the concept of duet, and its inherent tension between unity and individualism, from several different perspectives.
The performance featured live music by Dan Mohr and Joseph St. Charles.