Chicago’s acclaimed Zephyr Dance company will present an innovative new durational dance installation, Allowances and Occurrences, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, September 14, 15 16, 21, 22 & 23, 2012 from 7:00PM-10:00PM at Defibrillator Gallery, 1136 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago. The performance will run for 3 consecutive hours and allow the audience to come when they wish, stand and/or sit where they wish, and stay for as short or long a period as they wish. The performance will feature Zephyr dance artists, Michelle Kranicke, Andrea Cerniglia and Colleen Welch, special guest dancer Ayako Kato, original music, played live, by Ronnie Kuller, video installations by Rosa Gaia Saunders, costume design by Amanda Lee Franck, and architectural and window installations by David Sundry of O Group, Inc. and Amanda Lee Franck. Allowances and Occurrences is a co-production between Zephyr and Defibrillator Gallery.
Allowances and Occurrences continues Michelle Kranicke’s ongoing investigation of proximity, perception and the framing of movement. A progression of unfolding events envelops the viewer and gives them control over where to look, their relationship to each performer, and how long to engage in looking at particular elements of the performance. Performers and audience share a constructed landscape that merges seating, viewing and occurrences. Music exists as both director and accompaniment. Live feed and recorded video open a temporal gap where the present moment co-exists with individual perception. The work uses ever-changing viewpoints of space and the movement within that space to unseat performer and audience. Allowances and Occurrences permits ALL movement, however it arises, executed by whomever, to be considered dance.