A collaborative project between artists Emma Draves and Andy Slavin, “Listen...” mines the physical fracturing which results from the struggle to participate in spaces were are not necessarily welcome into but must take part in. Our personal experiences are subtext for weaving the narrative of this work which manifests from efforts to find stability in risk, aggressive viscerality, and rituals of comfort and is viewed through critical feminist and queer lenses.
The work premiers at Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Friday February 23, 2017. In efforts to make the production as accessible as possible tickets are $10 or pay-what-you-can. Tickets can be reserved through here - (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/listen-tickets-3590728967) or Cash at the door.
“A perfect example of Draves’ beautiful muddling of her training in modern and classical Indian dance” (Lauren Warnecke).
“Magnetic forces of personal choice” (Michael Workman)
Emma Draves is a dance artist and educator examining identity, narrative, and emotional landscape. Draves’ work draws from her multi-disciplinary training in modern, ballet, bharatanatyam, and Laban Movement Analysis.
Draves has mostly recently presented work on Danceworks Performance Company (Milwaukee, Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, and the Full Circle Festival. She has participated in residencies and U of I Urbana-Champaign, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Eau Clair, and Hope College. Her work has been funded by Chicago Dancemakers Forum Greenhouse Grant, Chicago Cultural Center, and Links Hall. Holding a MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and GLCMA from Columbia College Chicago, Draves is currently on faculty at Columbia College Chicago.