ELEVATE CHICAGO DANCE - ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Elevate 2018 Artists
Chimeric Whiteness, Or Nightmares Passing as Normal
an exploration of how we speak on, navigate, dismantle, and move beyond systemic racism in collective physical practice
Tuli Bera, Ogie Iyahen, Angela Luem, Alana Parek, Haydée Souffrant, and Megan Young
Angela Davis Fegan, Leila Khoury, and Gregory King
Special Thanks to Chicago DanceMakers Forum and the Greenhouse Grant program for this opportunity.
About the Piece
This interactive installation began as a microcosm of our current and trans-historical political climate. It features construction materials – brick, canvas, rope, and repurposed motor – layered against seemingly invisible digital technology. Bricks are stacked, deconstructed, rearranged, and rebuilt in an exercise of self-reflection and communal listening. Collaborators navigate shifting boundaries, mechanisms of control, and lived experience.
About the Artist
Megan Young presents her interdisciplinary movement and new media practice under the nom de guerre, MegLouise. Her body of work considers individual agency while highlighting viewers’ consent or resistance to social systems. Her artist activism has been featured in Hyperallergic, The Atlantic, and on National Public Radio (NPR).
Young directs immersive performances, interactive installations, web-based exhibitions, and community engaged projects. She is a recipient of two “In the Works” development residencies from Chicago Cultural Center/Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events (DCASE). She has been artist in residence at Connecticut College Ammerman Center for Arts & Technology, National Center for Choreography in Akron with RAWdance, CounterPulse, Site:Lab Rumsey Street Project, Prairie Center of the Arts, Playhouse Square’s Idea Center, and Ingenuity Labs. She holds a BFA in dance from Ohio University and an MFA in interdisciplinary art & media from Columbia College Chicago.
Notable credits include: City University of Hong Kong (ISEA), Open Engagement, SPACES Gallery, Cleveland Public Theatre, Ohio University Gallery, Philly Fringe Festival, SpinOff Festival, Links Hall, Chicago Home Theater Festival, Woman Made Gallery, and Hyde Park Arts Center.