Rachel Bunting is a 2001 graduate of Columbia College Chicago where she received a B.A. with a major in dance, but more importantly discovered her instinct for combining image with motion. She began creating work that was driven by a unique movement language and steeped in a peculiar and rich sense of visual space. Since then, Rachel has formed a company named "The Humans." The Humans are housed by the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater, in which Rachel has been an Artist-In-Residence since 2004.
With gratitude for all involved, she is a proud recipient of three, consecutive Illinois Arts Council Finalist Awards as an emerging choreographer. In May of this year, the IAC awarded Rachel with an Artist Support Initiative Award to assist in the development and production of new work. In 2007, she was chosen as an Artist-In-Residence at the Canal Chapter Gallery in NYC where she spent five weeks creating a movement-based installation titled, Let's kill our sadness.
DURING THE CDF YEAR
For her CDF project, Rachel Bunting furthered her work on Paper Shoes, immersing herself in nostalgic processes to create a series of vignettes, rooted in the aesthetics of a contemporary fairytale. Paper Shoes explored connected themes of rites of passage, memory, and sexuality, by way of image, metaphor and object.
Paper Shoes premiered at Hamlin Park Fieldhouse, December 2011
In 2008 Rachel was awarded a three-week residency at The Atlantic Center for the Arts under the mentorship of Susan Marshall. Last September, she and fellow dancer Precious Jennings performed their duet, who I am (who I am not)" at Judson Church in NYC as part of the Movement Research works-in-progress showings. Most recently, this duet was a part of "The A.W.A.R.D. Show!," which was produced by The Joyce Theater in NYC and The Dance Center of Columbia College, Chicago. In August of 2009, she co-produced an evening of her choreography at Links Hall in Chicago and then finished the year with a performance of a work titled Paper Shoes at The Other Dance Festival. She currently teaches Body Movement for Actors at Columbia College, Chicago, where she has been an adjunct faculty member since 2004.