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WAVER project
September 15, 16, 17 & 21, 22, 23 | 9PM
$10 advance ticket online | $15 at the door

Concept + Direction | Carole McCurdy
Choreography + Performance | Geoff Guy, Irene Hsiao, Carole McCurdy, Harlan Rosen, Pamela Strateman, M Wu
Live Vocal + Time Bundle | Eli Halpern
Revolution | Mina Büker
Projection Design | Francesca Talenti
Technical Direction | Jon Satrom
Sound Design | Gray Castle Studios
Costume Design | Carole McCurdy
Shoecraft | Chad Hagedorn
Tango Instruction | Pamela Strateman

WAVER comes from exploring a paradox embedded both in butoh practice and in social dance: the body has the greatest performative presence and freedom when our self-conscious will is absent. What happens when the focused intention is to be guided from near or far? The uncanny sense that our bodies do not belong to ourselves can produce horror or transcendence, and offers the opportunity to enlarge our embrace, even to the point of embracing loss. With a bent influence from Argentine Tango, WAVER is a dance project about how we hold and are held, how we go when we let go. It’s about the dizzying moments of discovery when we realize that our mental maps have misled us—about our bodies, our culture, our world—and suddenly new spaces open up. Boundaries dissolve and materialize around and within us all the time. Even the act of walking redefines everything. And when we hug and walk together in a tight embrace, trying to share an axis, it yields a wavering mixture of simultaneous trust and doubt, a sweet little loss of self that morphs our understanding.

Carole McCurdy is a Chicago-based artist whose work addresses grief and anxiety, duty and resistance, and the absurd mysteries of embodiment. She received a 2016 Lab Artist award from the Chicago Dancemakers Forum and was a Fall 2016 Sponsored Artist at High Concept Laboratories. She’s been privileged to study with many masters of butoh, including Natsu Nakajima and Yoshito Ohno, and also with great teachers of Argentine tango. www.carolemccurdy.com

The development and presentation of this performance is supported in part through the Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artists Program. This project was developed with support from High Concept Labs and was made possible through a grant from 3Arts that was partially supported by 44 donors to 3AP (3Arts Projects).

Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary
Ballroom / Social Dance


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