Carole McCurdy

Five Stud Stud

11:30am - 2:30pm

Randolph Square

Ed Keinholz’s Five Car Stud inspired this interactive installation that addresses violence, tenderness and empathy with the backdrop of our current political landscape.


Carole McCurdy

Jon Poindexter

Erica Freedman

Geoff Guy

Noah Fields

Production Credits

Choreography: Carole McCurdy


About the Piece

Notes from project creator Carole McCurdy:

This iteration of Five Stud Stud features five living bodies, five inflatable punching bags, and an open invitation for audience engagement. How do we balance the deep need to share space with the need to protect personal space? Why do we fight? What do we fight for? How can we protect one another and ourselves? The piece originated as I was working through questions about my own internalized aggression, alongside a mountingly uncomfortable and sharp awareness of how violence resonates so clearly in our lives and communities at the current moment. My attempt to intervene and protect during a violent racist incident in my own community of neighbors last year compounded this awareness. As the performance piece developed, I attended lovingly to these punching bags, refilled them with air, costumed them and cared for them. It made me feel their vulnerability acutely—I am implicated in both violence and the desire to protect, and yet as a "fighter" my first sensation is of my own absurdity. Now, working together as a team increases our complicity. Opening the invitation to the audience—to not only witness but also participate—brings with it an opportunity to live into the hot questions in a shared and manifestly physical way.

About the Artist

Website: carolemccurdy.com


Carole McCurdy is a Chicago-based artist whose performance work addresses grief and anxiety, duty and resistance, and the absurd mysteries of embodiment. She received a 2016 Lab Artist award from the Chicago Dancemakers Forum and was a Fall 2016 Sponsored Artist at High Concept Laboratories. She created and directed an ensemble piece, Waver, with support from CDF, HCL, and 3Arts Chicago. Her practices include butoh and Argentine tango, and 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).