DCASE Launches SpinOff 2013 to Celebrate Midwest-Based Work, 10/6-11/3
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) has announced SpinOff 2013, a new annual dance series premiering October 6-November 3. This month-long celebration of contemporary dance will present work by emerging and mid-career, Midwest-based choreographers and dance companies. All performances are FREE and feature Chicago and world premieres as well as excerpts from works-in-progress as part of DCASE Theater and Dance programming.
Performance locations include the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington Street) and the Storefront Theater (66 E. Randolph Street). Due to limited capacity, reservations are strongly recommended. To reserve FREE admission seating and complete details, visit cityofchicago.org/dcase. *Notice to parents: Some performances contain material inappropriate for children and are for mature audiences only.
The Minneapolis, Minnesota Dance Company BodyCartography Project will present the Chicago premiere of Super Nature at the Storefront Theater. This ecological melodrama strives to present the distinctive difference between the wild and civilized aspects of human nature through eccentric movements drawn from bodily impulses and social interactions. Plus, it will include a live score performed by Bessie Award-winning composer Zeena Parkins. Performance dates and times are Thursday, October 10 through Saturday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m. *This performance is not recommended for children under the age of 15.
In addition to its premiere at the Storefront Theater, BodyCartography will present Super Nature Installation as a "performance for one" in conjunction with Shift: A New Media Exhibit by Luftwerk. In an empty gallery, one audience member will meet one performer and have a non-verbal interaction. Both will have agency to transform the energy of the space through their behavior and social interaction, sometimes very subtle and sometimes extreme. The exhibit is on display in the Chicago Rooms on the second floor of the Chicago Cultural Center. Performance dates and times are Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October, 12 from noon - 5 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended. To secure your 10-minute slot, visit https://dcasesupernature.eventbrite.com/.
Chicago-based Dance Company Every House Has a Door presents the world premiere of Testimonium at the Storefront Theater.The production is a response to poet Charles Reznikoff's unfinished masterwork Testimony, which is a compilation of rewritten court transcripts. Testimonium reimagines his court transcripts into fragmented texts infused with recitation, inventive movement sequences and a live performance by Chicago band Joan of Arc. Performance dates and times are Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 20 at 2 p.m., continuing Thursday, October 24 through Saturday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 27 at 2 p.m. *This performance is not recommended for children under the age of 15.