Award-winning artists join one another in conversation on July 18 at Hyde Park Art Center and November 27 & December 4 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
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CHICAGO, IL, JUNE 18 – Chicago Dancemakers Forum announces a series of Dance Dialogues in partnership with two of the city’s cultural institutions, Hyde Park Art Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.The events feature past Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artists in embodied conversation with one another and with international collaborators.
Celebrating its 15th Anniversary, Chicago Dancemakers Forum is the only organization in the city dedicated solely to nurturing the artistic advancement of dancemakers. Since inception, Chicago Dancemakers Forum has granted over $1 million to artists and is the single largest, local source of support for dancemakers which has an open call for applications. Past Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artists vary in age, gender, race and dance discipline. They work in tap, butoh, burlesque, Chicago Footwork, dance for the camera, Bharatanatyam, voguing, classical Japanese, African, contemporary, and more. Collectively they represent the spirit and power of new dance in Chicago now.
LECTURE DEMO WITH AMERICAN AND EGYPTIAN ARTISTS
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S Cornell Ave, Chicago, IL 60615
Join Choreographer and Artistic Director of Erica Mott Productions, Erica Mott (2010 Lab Artist) in conversation with Choreographer and Artistic Director of Ezzat Ezzat Contemporary Dance Studios (Cairo, Egypt) for an interactive lecture demonstration of new technologies used in the creation of their collaboration, Mycelial Street Parliament premiering at Hyde Park Arts Center July 13-15 & 19-21, 2018.
Developed through a series of one-to-one cultural exchanges between Egyptian and American musical composers, dancers, technologists and new media artists, Mycelial: Street Parliament, is an interactive exhibition that examines civic participation, social movements and interconnectedness in the digital age.
The work presented in Mycelial: Street Parliament draws on data obtained from the original digital expressions (text messages, images, emojjs, etc.) of activists involved in Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street to ask whether art and technology can create an a cultural experience that resembles the physical and emotional sensations of a social uprising. What are our embodied experiences of occupation and revolution? Where does resistance live outside of kind acts towards one-another or protests?
Stay after the lecture demo from 7:00 - 9:00 PM to tour the exhibit and enjoy a musical set mixed live by award wining Egyptian electronic music composer and Mycelialcollaborator, Ahmed Saleh. Saleh's latest album is inspired by Electro-Chabbi beats developed during and inspired by the Arab Spring.
IN PROGRESS: DANCE DIALOGUES
November 27 & December 4, 2018
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA)
220 E. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Join past Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artists in the MCA Commons in live, artist-to-artist exchanges of movement, ideas, and process. These choreographers of different backgrounds and art-making practices grapple with questions that impact them each in distinct ways through embodied conversations with each other and the public.
On November 27th at 6:00 PM, Jamal “Litebulb” Oliver of The Era Footwork Crew (2015 Lab Artist), Molly Shanahan of Mad Shak (2006 Lab Artist), and Meida McNeal of Honey Pot Performance (2010 Lab Artist) address how they mine the cultural histories, embodied and genetic memory, and lived experience that surface in their dancing bodies. On December 4th at 6:00 PM, Carrie Hanson of The Seldoms (2005 Lab Artist) and Adam Rose of Antibody Corporation (2014 Lab Artist) address how they use dance to contend with the spaces and places where they perform, and to encounter the audience within them.
In Progress is a new MCA series of public programs that give visitors a glimpse into the working practices of artists. It highlights Chicago artists with a focus on live art happenings, discussions, workshops, and screenings that expose the behind-the-scenes labor of art making. This series further positions the MCA as a platform for creative culture, providing a place for artists to test ideas and push their practices to new levels through audience engagement, and creating a forum for conversation and interaction in our new space, the Commons.
For more information on Chicago Dancemakers Forum’s Dance Dialogues and other upcoming events, please contact Program Director Shawn Lent at 312-550-9172 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Chicago Dancemakers Forum
Chicago Dancemakers Forum elevates the field of dance by being a catalyst for the artistic and professional growth of dancemakers, providing time and resources for in-depth exploration and creation. Through robust interaction among dancemakers and with the public, Chicago Dancemakers Forum builds broad support and appreciation for Chicago’s diverse dance communities. The Lab Artists program makes $15,000 cash grants to choreographers annually. Grants are combined with mentorship throughout the research, development and performance of a newly choreographed work.
About Hyde Park Art Center
Hyde Park Art Center is a hub for contemporary arts in Chicago, serving as a gathering and production space for artists and the broader community to cultivate ideas, impact social change, and connect through expanded networks. The Art Center functions as an amplifier for today and tomorrow’s creative voices, providing the space to make, see, learn about, and engage art with freedom.
About the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is one of the nation’s largest multidisciplinary museums devoted to the art of our time. With an international reputation for groundbreaking exhibitions and programs, the MCA presents the latest in cutting-edge, contemporary culture. The performing arts program features leading performers from around the globe in its 300-seat theater. Located near the historic Water Tower in the heart of downtown Chicago, the MCA features exhibition spaces, the restaurant Marisol with an interior design by artist Chris Ofili, the Commons engagement space, a gift store, and a terraced sculpture garden with a view of Lake Michigan.
About Ezzat Ismail Ezzat
Ezzat Ismail Ezzat is an architect and professional dancer based in Cairo, as well as a leader in the contemporary dance scene of Egypt. He began dancing and architectural studies in 2004 with group of amateurs at Cairo University, where he dance and choreographed in different theatrical plays and won the best choreography prize for his work in “Elgens Eltalt”. In 2008, he started studying contemporary dance at Studio Emad Eddin through “Cairo Contemporary Dance Workshop Program” (2008-2011) lead by Laurence Rondoni. During this time, he met different international artists and took part in artistic propositions, workshops and performances with national and international artists. Since completing his studies in architecture (2009) and contemporary dance (2011), Ezzat has been instrumental in developing the contemporary dance scene in Egypt. In 2010, he built Ezzat Ezzat Contemporary Dance Studio, which is one of the pioneer spaces dedicated to the art of contemporary dance. Through this space, Ezzat was able to develop as a performer, teacher and culture manager, as well as create different initiatives like the Contemporary Dance Night Series (2011- 2016), Basic Rights for Egyptian Dance Artists (BREDA, 2014), SEEDS (2015), PTP (2015), ROOTS training program (2016), artistic residencies and productions video-dance & live performances, which has had a great impact on the exposure and growth of contemporary dance in Egypt.
About Carrie Hanson | The Seldoms
Carrie Hanson is a choreographer and Artistic Director of The Seldoms. Her work involves research and embodiment of social, political, environmental issues and history, as a mode of pressing performance to speak to larger issues. Since founding The Seldoms in 2002, she has designed projects with practitioners of visual arts, theater, music/sound design, fashion, and architecture. In 2015, she was named Chicago Tribune’s “Chicagoan of the Year in Dance”, honored for her “brawny, brainy movement”. Under her direction, The Seldoms has toured nationally and to Russia, Taiwan, and Scotland, and gained a reputation for performance in spaces including an historic park fieldhouse and truck depot. Time Out Chicago called her work in an outdoor pool, Giant Fix, one of the “best dance moments of the past decade”. Her work, Power Goes (2015), was commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, received a National Performance Network Creation Fund and NEFA National Dance Project Award, and toured to nine US venues, engaging a community cast in each city. She has received commissions from Texas Performing Arts, the Morton Arboretum, and the National Theater of Mannheim, Germany. She was a resident artist at the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron. Hanson has received two Illinois Arts Council Fellowships, a Ruth Page Award, was a Chicago Dancemaker’s Forum Lab Artist and one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2012. “Hanson is among the more fascinating and surefooted of our contemporary choreographers.” – Chicago Tribune.
About Meida McNeal | Honey Pot Performance
Meida Teresa McNeal is the Director of Honey Pot Performance, an Afro-feminist collective dedicated to critical performance & public humanities. She received her PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and her MFA in Choreography & Dance History from Ohio State University. Over the past two decades, Meida has produced numerous creative projects as both a solo artist and with Honey Pot Performance, with works performed in Illinois, Rhode Island, Ohio, California, and Trinidad. She has received many grants and awards supporting her creative work including National Endowment for the Humanities, a 3Arts Award in Dance, a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist award, and a 2018-19 Co-Mission Fellowship at Links Hall. Positioning her work as an Independent Artist and Scholar at the intersection of performance studies, dance and critical ethnography, she has taught courses in dance, critical performance ethnography, and black diasporic cultural production at Northwestern University, Brown University, Governors State, and Columbia College Chicago. Meida also works with the Chicago Park District as Arts & Culture Manager supporting community arts partnerships, youth arts, cultural stewardship, and civic engagement initiatives across the city’s parks and cultural centers.
About Erica Mott | Erica Mott Productions
Erica Mott Productions/EMP is a Chicago-based cross-disciplinary ensemble led by Erica Mott. A former researcher and international development worker turned choreographer and director, Erica’s vision is towards citizen participation, community dialogue and convergence. To this end, the ensemble creates original performances and exhibitions for diverse communities in order to reveal shared history and invite a collective visioning of the future. Erica’s direction and vision employs new strategies of interdependence over interdisciplinarity. Bringing seemingly disparate forms, materials and ideas in close proximity, her goal is to spark curiosity and highlight possibilities. Through extensive collaboration in a multi-disciplinary ensemble of dancers, composers, video artists, architects, user-design specialists and new media technologists, she uses technology to expand the performers’ bodies, to invoke a deeply embodied experience for viewers and to invite the emergence of a vibratory communal body - collectively, consciously, connectively present.
About Jamal "Litebulb" Oliver | The Era Footwork Crew
Litebulb is a dancer and dance activist at the forefront of footwork culture in Chicago. Known for the intricacy and velocity of his moves, Litebulb has performed with leading artists like Chance the Rapper and DJ Rashad. Since 2009, he has traveled to international stages, from New York PS-1 to the Barbican in London. In 2014, he co-founded The Era Footwork Crew (The Era). Now touring global venues and Chicago schools with The Era, Bulb’s practice is both intensely local and broadly international. He has received awards and grants for his innovative work, including recognition as a dancer of the year in Dance Magazine, a major arts grant from Chicago Dancemakers Forum and University of Chicago/Arts and Public Life, and as a choreographer of the year by New City magazine. He also appeared in a dance cameo with fellow footworker P-Top in the movie, Manglehorn, with Al Pacino. Litebulb was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, where he lives and works today.
About Adam Rose
Adam Rose is the Artistic Director of Antibody Corporation. Antibody creates performance works incorporating music, movement, and languages both real and invented.
About Ahmed Saleh
“Ahmed Saleh (sound composer) is a musician, composer and sound artist from Alexandria, Egypt. He has become one of the spearheads of the Electronic music scene in Egypt.” (Press: Cairoscene Magazine – March 2015). Saleh’s experience as a visual artist had a great affect on his music. He composed his first live solo set and made an appearance at the 100LIVE Festival in 2009. Saleh is a member and one of the founders of the well-known band Telepoetic and composed the soundtracks for many independent movies, contemporary dance shows and theater. In 2014, he was a part of Jazz Nomades project and performed at La Voix Est Libre Festival (France). Saleh’s music had been featured on many radio shows in Poland, Germany, France, London and Egypt. Saleh has collaborated with Oliver Coates (London), Mehdi Haddab (France), Mederic Collignon (France), Phillippe Gleizes (France), Predrag Sestic (Belgrade), Alessio Ballerini (Italy), Abdullah Miniawy (Egypt), Marc Nammour (France) and Phillip Geist (Germany). Saleh’s music was released in Europe by the French record label based in Grenoble Full Fridge. Currently Saleh is collaborating with Hend El Rawy, the vocalist of the well-known French band ORANGE BLOSSOM.
About Molly Shanahan | Mad Shak
Choreographer Molly Shanahan has based her work in Chicago since 1994, after receiving her Master of Arts in Dance at The Ohio State University. Sustaining a lifelong focus on movement practices in and out of the studio, including daily practice in a pool, teaching, long-form creative processes ranging from one to ten years involving multiple iterations, and inquiry into the scholarly and creative literature that intersects with her work. Molly is recognized as a "singular voice in Chicago dance," (TimeOut Chicago) who has been "distilling the essence of performance—the relationship between audience and artist—for years, exposing the honest beauty of the body in its natural state: fluid, organic motion" (New City Chicago). Molly’s work has been supported by two National Performance Network Creation Fund Awards, a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Award, an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for choreography, and a 2010 Meier Arts Achievement Award, among others. In 2012 Molly received a Presidential Fellowship from Temple University (Philadelphia) to pursue a PhD in Dance. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Denison University; and has taught at Wayne State University, Bryn Mawr College, Temple University, The University of Chicago, and Columbia College Chicago, among others, and was a Lecturer in the Dance Program at Northwestern University from 2008-2012.