Carole McCurdy is a Chicago-based artist who creates movement-based performance. Her work addresses grief and anxiety, duty and resistance, and the absurd mysteries of embodiment. She has performed at spaces including the Chicago Cultural Center, Epiphany Dance, Links Hall, Hamlin Park, High Concept Laboratories, Defibrillator Gallery, and Movement Research (NY). In 2014 she danced under viaducts in downtown Chicago and then toured Indonesia with Nicole LeGette’s blushing poppy Dance Club. In 2008–09 she was awarded a six-month artistic residency at Links Hall, where she created and showed her ensemble piece "Alas."
Paul Valery said "to see is to forget the name of the thing one sees." My work comes from a desire to evade labels, to explore confusion without reaching for happy answers, to ride the continuous displacement. Argentine tango dances me through ambiguity. The practice of butoh moves me beyond names and categories. Experience with cancer rebirthed my body as other. Uncategorized, othered, born to delay death, we dance. In my solo and ensemble pieces, pathos and humor melt into one, costumes are elegantly undignified, movement is awkward, and failure is virtuosic.
—Carole McCurdy, Artist Statement
DURING THE CDF YEAR
Pairing influences from two very different dance worlds, butoh and Argentine tango, (((waver)) aims to explore the ways we embrace otherness. Each tango embrace is a meeting of two worlds and involves delicate negotiations of balance, resistance, and yielding. Butoh is a continuously shifting embrace of all that is otherworldly within the human body. Both forms emerged during eras of massive social displacement, and both waver between female and male, presence and nostalgia, attention and forgetting. Moved by the inchoate connections transmitted by these forms, (((waver)) seeks a partnership with them to refresh the sensation of being bodies together.