ELEVATE CHICAGO DANCE - ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Elevate 2018 Artists
Marginalia (work in progress)
Julia Antonick & Jonathan Meyer present a new duet exploring female relationship and what is presented as central or marginal in performed space.
Kara Brody, Amanda Maraist
Julia Antonick & Jonathan Meyer
Joe St. Charles
About the Piece
"Marginalia" (work in progress) is two female bodies enmeshed in intimate impetuosity, demarginalizing themselves in a theatrical space.
This space of tender temerity often suppressed in the flourishing of women’s relationships is engaged as a reclamation of the aestheticized or exoticizing gaze. It is an invitation to explore the marginalized complexity of female rapport, the scrawled commentary of accord and dissent by women addressing the official text of subjectification and objectification, sexualizing and desexualized, demonizing and domesticating.
Following the bottom-up organization of a material-driven process, this piece is currently making space for the emergent structure to manifest. "Marginalia" values the impulses of cells and fluids as highly as the nervous system. With a commitment to somatic equality - all aspects of the body are equally vital, just as are all element of a society, it places the human creature on equal footing with the socialized human presenting an experiential metaphor for society equality.
About the Artist
Social Media: @khecaridance
Artistic Director: Julia Antonick & Jonathan Meyer
Executive Director: Julia Antonick & Jonathan Meyer
Booking/Management: Maria Hernandez /
Khecari supports the artistic inquiry of choreographers Julia Rae Antonick and Jonathan Meyer and presents the work they create in collaboration with artists in dance, music, design, and other media, to offer live performed art that challenges, engages, and focuses. Khecari advocates for the essential role of art within society, of dance within the arts, and of all artists working within the dance ecosystem.
Art is vital. We engage art as a fluid, undefined, questioning and questing force in society. The body is vital. Live performance connects us to our lived, physically grounded reality. We believe in somatic education. We believe in honoring all bodies equally. We believe in stepping out of the quotidian to find a greater range of possibilities. We believe in an audience active and engaged, drawn into their own proprioception, feeling their full aliveness and agency. Our goal is to develop the consent and trust to create safe space for the critique that might be at times difficult, but vital to growth. We seek to practice integrity with our audience, our collaborators, and all whom we engage. We believe in compensating all collaborators equally, artistic directors included. We create work to be accessible to all audiences, especially financially, while at the same time advocating for and educating about the true cost and worth of live performance.
Khecari is an Arts Partner in Residence at Indian Boundary and Revere Parks. The region was historically a crossroads whose inhabitants included the Saux, Fox, Miami, and Potawatomie. Through military invasion and subsequent treaties, the Potawatomie were made to cede the land. The name “Indian Boundary” references a line drawn by the 1816 Treaty of St. Louis, which ethnically cleansed the lands southward. While many native people continued to live in Illinois, and many others immigrated here from elsewhere, the state has had no reservations nor official tribes since the 1833 Treaty of Chicago.
We recognize that the fact that this land is now available for our use is a result of this history. We are engaged in an ongoing, in-progress dialogue on how best to name and speak to honor the history of the peoples who lived here, to recognize the colonialist tragedy that befell them, and to recognize the ongoing presence of native people in Chicago. We welcome and invite dialogue and debate about this issue in general and how we are seeking to address it. For more information about this movement visit U.S. Department of Arts and Culture. #HonorNativeLand