ELEVATE CHICAGO DANCE - ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Monica Thomas

Bound, Nature Body Light, The Wayward Wind, Skyspace, 

and Brought To You By: Bubble-Oh Corp

1:05pm

Claudia Cassidy Theater

Five short works exploring movement in natural and built environments.  

About the Films

1) Bound (2015)

Directed and choreographed by Monica Thomas

Choreographed in collaboration with the Dancers

Cinematographer: Jason Chiu

Dancers: Ericka Vaugn Lashley, Stacy Demorrow Miller, Abby Suskin

 

2) Nature Body Light (2017)

directed and choreographed by Monica Thomas

cinematography by Mike Weldon

performers: Abby Suskin, Patrick Tobin, Stacy Demorrow Miller, Tajh Stahlworth

music composed by Will Huff

colorist: Jeff Altman

grip: Mike Cho

Special thanks to James Ballard and the Ballard Family for the location

 

3) The Wayward Wind (2017)

Co-Directed and Choreographed by Monica Thomas

Co-directed by Steve Delahoyde

Choreographed in Collaboration with the Dancers

Cinematographer: Steve Delahoyde

Dancers: Danielle Gilmore, Angela Luem, Michael O’Neill

 

4) Skyspace (2018)

Directed and choreographed by Monica Thomas

Choreographed in collaboration with the dancers

Cinematographer: Mike Weldon

Dancers: Zach Bird, Liz Conway, Angela Luem, Gretchen Soetching

Composer: Will Huff

 

5) Brought to You By: Bubble-Oh Corp (work in-progress)

supported by Chicago Dancemakers Forum GREENHOUSE grant

directed, written, and choreographed by Monica Thomas

cinematographer: Steve Delahoyde

composer: Julie Nichols

lyrics and script consult: Jonathan Keaton

Dancers: Darilyn Burtley, Liz Conway, Amina Dreessen, Daniel Gibson, Isaac Jones, Juanita

Londono, Jarais Musgrove, Elizabeth Monge, Gery Moore, Amanda Ramirez, Asha Rowland,

Danny Dwaine Wells II, Earlyn Whitehead

 

Note: Brought to You By is a series of three satirical commercials addressing gender and racial

stereotypes in mainstream commercial media. As supported by CDF, we were able to produce this

proof of concept video for one of the three shorts. We have shot the dance segments of this film, but

have yet to shoot the other scene involved. You will see footage from classic commercials standing

in for this yet to be shot footage.

 

About the Artist

Website: montomarts.org

Social Media: @montomarts

Biography:

Monica is an interdisciplinary maker: a filmmaker and choreographer.  Her film works have appeared in

film festivals nationally and internationally, showing in: Chicago Feminist Film Festival, Speechless Film

Festival, ScreenDance Festival Stockholm, Dance Camera West in LA, Aesthetica Short Film Festival in

the UK, Barcelona Independent Film Festival, Brussels Independent Film Festival, et al. Recently, her

music video “The Wayward Wind” co-directed with Steve Delahoyde was a Vimeo Staff Pick, and her

film Bound was featured on NOWNESS.com.

 

She is a co-producer of Mana Contemporary’s Body + Camera Film Festival with Chicago Dancemakers

Forum. In 2017 she was a resident artist at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art for their Performance Lab program where she created site-specific dance films. She received Mordine & Company’s Choreographic Mentorship in 2013. In 2010, she was a High Concept Laboratories Sponsored Artist. She danced as a company member with dance companies Winifred Haun and Dancers, Mordine & Company, and Striding Lion Performance Group. She graduated from Northwestern University with a

degree in dance.