Joanna Furnans is an independent dance artist based in Chicago. She has performed nationally and internationally in the work of fellow independent dance makers and her own work has been supported by the Walker Art Center, the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Chicago Moving Company and Links Hall. She is co-founder of the Performance Response Journal and a freelance dance writer for the Windy City TimesArt Intercepts, and See Chicago Dance. Joanna’s practice shows a concern with the multifaceted representation(s) of “self” within the framework of contemporary/experimental dance and traditional performance presentation.


I am a dance artist. I work towards an agile and articulate execution of movement. I create work with a conscious attention to content, form and imagery as a means to express an honest experience of self and question the status quo within numerous cultural contexts: dance culture, queer culture, post-feminist culture, and contemporary American culture. I honor the formalities of dance while attempting to subvert its traditions.

—Joanna Furnans, Artist Statement


Joanna's Lab Artist project is Doing Fine, an autobiographical writing and movement investigation culminating in an evening-length solo performance. Her research will specifically explore themes of memory, minutia, habit, confusion, recovery, and commonplace. 

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Photos: Christine Wallers | Daniel Guidara |Tori Brown Rice | Matthew Gregory Hollis

Video: Wills Glasspiegel, edited by Brandon Calhoun.