ELEVATE CHICAGO DANCE - ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Megan Young 

Chimeric Whiteness, Or Nightmares Passing as Normal

3:30pm

Randolph Square

an exploration of how we speak on, navigate, dismantle, and move beyond systemic racism in collective physical practice

Chicago Collaborators:

Tuli Bera, Ogie Iyahen, Angela Luem, Alana Parek, Haydée Souffrant, and Megan Young

Past Collaborators:

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

Website: meglouise.info

 

Social Media:

Twitter: @meglouisedance
FB: meglouise.info
Instagram: meglouisemoves

Biography:

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.