Thursday, October 19
Friday, October 20
Saturday, October 21

Invited Studio Showings

Various Dates and Times

Elevate Chicago Dance is a citywide festival with public performances and studio showings at nine creative spaces around the city, featuring close to forty Chicago choreographers and dance companies.  

As part of the festival, Elevate convenes a group of about forty local, regional and national colleagues in the dance field – professionals who support dance through presenting, residencies, and related work.  A few of the festival's events are curated specifically for this group and are not open to the public.  You can learn more about these invited events below, including the artists who are participating.

Friday, October 20

Po’Chop/Jenn Freeman 
makes provocative performances using elements of dance, storytelling and burlesque to incite conversations about notions of gender, race and sexual prowess.

Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak
creates theatrically-rich solo and ensemble dances that reconsider cultural beliefs which limit how we should look, move, dance, express, and relate.
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Benjamin Wardell/The Cambrians
generate large-scale, complex collaborations that draw upon a global network of people working in varied dance forms to create singular performance works.

Nejla Yatkin 
brings a luminous and transcultural perspective to her work, transforming cultural tensions into deep, authentic moments of human connection.


Saturday, October 21

explores movement as a place of reclamation of the body, history and spirituality. They are a person who occupies several liminal spaces, making performances and creating/organizing performative spaces. NIC currently works in New York and in Chicago.

Onye Ozuzu 
draws from the dance styles and diverse aesthetics she embodies to make her hybrid works; her current dance installation Project Tool stems from her fascination with the inter-relationships between body, task, and tool.

Jessica Ray
works in improvisational forms, creating abstract performance of endurance and risk, balancing seeming spontaneity and precise choice. In addition to her solo works, she collaborates with composers and other choreographers.


Jumaane Taylor

focuses on tap dance as a full music and dance expression of his life, using his body to its capacity. While remembering the masters, Jumaane tries to upgrade the art form regularly, advancing both improvised and choreographed tap in works like his recent full-length Supreme Love.


Saturday, October 21

Erica Mott 
is a choreographer and cultural organizer exploring interconnectedness and civic participation in an age of digital networking and sociopolitical division. Her current Mycelial: Street Parliament is an interactive installation performance that uses dance with emerging technologies to investigate social uprisings in the digital age, from Occupy Wall Street to the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 and beyond.

HoneyPot Performance
is a Afro-diasporic feminist collaborative currently developing Ways of Knowing, a meditation on the value and alchemy of a practice. As HoneyPot explores their own hybrid ways of making, they are inviting the public to share their stories and skills of expertise in a series of studio workshops mixing dialogue and pedagogy. 

Amirah Sackett
explores and embodies her female Muslim-American identity by pairing traditional Muslim attire with Hip-Hop moves. Widely known for her choreography and performance with the ensemble she founded We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic, she’ll perform and speak for Elevate about recent solo work.

Catherine Sullivan
explores social and political dilemmas through film, performance and installations that she makes through national and international collaborations.  For Elevate she’ll show a section of a work in progress, the movement-driven series of films called The Startled Faction, which focus on women’s labor and self-possession.

Click here to return to the main Elevate Chicago Dance page, with complete event listings.