Courtney Mackedanz Performs with Hannah Levy’s Surplus Tension

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Event Description

Hannah Levy’s exhibition in The Arts Club of Chicago’s gallery, Surplus Tension, both invites and rejects corporeal engagement. Levy’s sculptural forms allure a viewer with skin-textured materials and references to furniture while simultaneously (even flirtatiously) distancing spectators with cold metal, peaked talons, and a juxtaposition of references that are both playful and unsettling.


Responding to the exhibition’s sharp edges and soft insinuations, dancemaker Courtney Mackedanz embodies an inquisitive movement interaction with the exhibition, joining Levy’s works in an artistic exploration of the relationship between the skin as a surface and the armatures of structure that lay beneath. Taking the current surge in Covid-19 cases into account, this program will be hosted virtually on YouTube Live. Focused and formatted for video presentation, the work will be bookended with commentary and conversation about concept and process between Mackedanz and Chicago dance thinkers Ginger Farley, Alyssa Gregory, and Irene Hsiao. 


To add to your experience for the evening, The Arts Club is happy to offer a to-go cocktail in partnership with cocktail-maker Miss Mya Pologies. Cocktails must be ordered by end of day on Tuesday, January 25th, and may be picked up at The Arts Club on Friday the 28th.  You can order your Cockatial Kit HERE

​​A Libertine’s Travertine

Fords Gin
Tito’s Vodka
Dirty Cherry Garnish

Cocktail-maker Miss Mya Pologies, leaning into the themes of Hannah Levy's artwork and exploring the gritty, tacky, garish underbelly of sleek modernist design, brings us A Libertine's Travertine. Evoking the swagger of James Bond with a gin and vodka martini, this drink slaps drinkers in the face with a shot of Malort--and a cherry on top to boot! Sip on this high class/base desire concoction at home while you steam Courtney Mackedanz's performance.


Running Time
45 minutes