Dance Residency Open Studio Series

Upcoming Dates

Jun 21, 4:00pm
Free
Event Type
Performance
Event Description

Through June 2024, Second Tuesday of each month

Chicago Cultural Center, Dance Studio, 1st Floor North (78 E. Washington St.)

The Dance Studio Residency provides space, time and funding for Chicago dancemakers to create new work, and each artist or group offers free public engagements – artists talks, workshops, works-in-progress and more – to build diverse intersections and welcome more dialogue between audiences and artists.

The Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio Residency is supported in part by a grant from the Walder Foundation. This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

See Open Studio schedule below (visit ChicagoCulturalCenter.org for new additions and up to date information):

 

Saturday, March 23, 11am

Chih-Jou Cheng

Work-in-progress showing of Arriving at Dawn, a wordless physical theatre piece that delves into the theme of finding belonging as viewed through the lens of immigrants' experiences.

RSVP online (optional)

ASL is provided for this event.

 

Sunday, April 7, 11:30am

Helen Lee / Momentum Sensorium

Curiosities of Wellness in Bodies of Grief and Joy

Glimpse into the rehearsal process of building choreography in the round for 7 dancers. While this work currently has several sections from 2 previous iterations, this open rehearsal (with possible audience participation) will focus on a new section. Join us as we stumble along together to sounds written by Lee and arranged and performed by Sharon Udoh on the piano. Laughter and tears are encouraged.

 

Tuesday, April 9, 6pm

Drew Lewis / House of DOV

Join House of DOV in the Dance Studio for an informal showing of a new work-in-progress by Drew Lewis, featuring music by Family Junket.

ASL is provided for this event.

 

Thursday, April 11, 6:30pm

Aaliyah Christina

Join the PRAISE MOTHER SQUAD and their guest coach in an open workshop to learn the fundamentals and aesthetics of the Black majorette dance style developed at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU). Learn more about the way choreography and movement is developed in PRAISE MOTHER.

 

Thursday, April 18, 3pm

Drew Lewis / House of DOV

Join House of DOV in the Dance Studio for an intimate view of the rehearsal process and participate in the creation of a new work by Drew Lewis with live music by Family Junket.

 

Saturday, April 27, 3pm

Keisha Janae

Soulfully rooted in playful praise, this Praise House movement workshop will be a creative circle of expression with testimonials, dance, art-making and song. Through a guided process that centers care, participants of all experiences and backgrounds are able to step into the rehearsal process being used to develop "Praise House Ceremony". The workshop facilitation is informed by Keisha Janae's spiritual and faith-based experience.

Space in this workshop is limited.

Register online (recommended)

 

Tuesday, May 14, 6pm

Jenna Pollack

A lecture-demonstration showing the poetic possibilities and considerations of material engineering within the creative process. Artists will discuss the pieces’ physical features (human-sized wooden sculptures that act as characters, props, and landscapes), values-based trade-offs in construction, and prototyping with a dance partner in mind.

ASL is provided for this event.

 

Monday, June 3, 6pm

Amanda Ramirez

Attend a preview of La Cookout! Experience a celebration of togetherness in this work-in-progress that blends dance, music, sketches, and the vibe of an outdoor family gathering. After the performance, engage with the artists in a Q&A session to gain insights into the creative process.

ASL is provided for this event.

 

Wednesday, June 5, 6pm

Amalia Raye Wiatr Lewis

Soak is a dance-based performance project that emerges from a study of public bathing. This work considers how both dance and bathing practices carve out space to imagine new ways of relating to our bodies and each other. This piece explores the movements of pleasure and leisure, collectively created social space, and the relationship between body, sound, and environment.

ASL is provided for this event.

 

Saturday, June 8, 11am

Aaliyah Christina

The PRAISE MOTHER: Reflections Circle brings participants and facilitators together to discuss and unpack their relationships with those who raise/d them and/or who they’re raising in order to develop healthy habits for coping with mental health and/or expressing their triumphs or struggles in improving harmonious relationships.

An ASL interpreter is not confirmed for this event. Email dcase@cityofchicago.org with questions.

 

Tuesday, June 11, 6pm

Helen Lee / Momentum Sensorium

Curiosities of Wellness in Bodies of Grief and Joy: Oceans, Trees, Mountains, Clouds

Using lessons from the prior audience engagement in April, Helen and their collaborators will use curiosity as a performance strategy to pull apart and lean into joy and grief. They will experiment with using the dance studio space in the round, welcoming what discoveries are found in the delights and struggles that arise in the process of attempting a structure of a work-in-progress showing.

ASL is provided for this event.

 

Sunday, June 16, 2:30pm

Keisha Janae

Soulfully rooted in playful praise, this Praise House Language workshop will be a creative circle of expression with testimonials, dance, art-making and song. Through a guided process that centers care, participants of all experiences and backgrounds are able to step into the rehearsal process being used to develop "Praise House Ceremony". The workshop facilitation is informed by Keisha Janae's spiritual and faith-based experience.

Space in this workshop is limited.

Register online (recommended)

 

Friday, June 21, 4pm

Jenna Pollack

A work-in-progress sharing, this event will consist of both the movement- and the textual-based research explored over the course of the residency.

ASL is provided for this event.


 

Running Time
60-75 minutes
Dance Styles
Circus Arts
Family
Hip Hop
Modern / Contemporary
Multi-disciplinary

Location

Chicago Cultural Center

78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602