COMMON canvas: Katlin Michael Bourgeois + Community Artists

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Event Description

COMMON canvas is an improvisation-based performance featuring Chicago dancers, led and structured by choreographer Katlin Michael Bourgeois.

Sat, February 19, 2022 from 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM CST

COMMON canvas is a series of improvisational dance performances welcoming Chicago dancers from all backgrounds and disciplines. Through canvas, artists connect, create, perform, and get paid in a single day.

The next performance will be led and structured by dancer and choreographer Katlin Michael Bourgeois and will feature eight Chicago-based dance artists: Hyun Kim, Ibrahim Sabbi, Sarah Allen, Isabella Limosnero, Lauryn Masciana, Ali Lorenz, Brian Martinez, and Carly Bress

Tickets are pay-what-you-can to enhance accessibility. All participating artists are compensated with the profits from ticket sales. COMMON does not take any profit from the performance. Come out and support these incredible artists - We hope to see you there!

Please note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and photo ID is required to enter the building, all artists and attendees must remain masked.

About Katlin Michael Bourgeois

Katlin Michael Bourgeois is a Chicago-based dance artist whose mission is to disrupt the status quo of the concert dance world, create non-harmful spaces for dancers to train, empower dancers to use their voices to enact change in our communities and highlight LGBTQ+ stories on stage. They’ve worked with companies that include, Hubbard Street 2, Dance Theatre of San Francisco, Flockworks, and others; as well as founding their own project company Ensemble180. Currently, they serve on faculty at The Academy of Joffrey Ballet and have set works on companies including Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, The Cambrians, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Ensemble180. Katlin’s work is about the physical expression of the soul and emphasizes individuality, while (hopefully) capturing the magic of movement/energy of the body.


Terence (Terry) Marling founded COMMON to build a better ecosystem to support dancers. Finding a home in Chicago's Drucker Center in 2018, Marling established COMMON's pre-professional program and began offering public dance classes for the freelance artist community.

COMMON has supported over 3,000 artists, choreographers, and creative professionals. COMMON provides holistic pre-professional training, public performances, open classes, and an enriching community for dance artists of all backgrounds. COMMON is housed in an ADA-accessible space, is near to the North/Clybourn Red Line, and has free parking available in the lot.

Running Time
90 minutes
Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary


COMMON conservatory

1535 N Dayton St
Chicago, IL 60642