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Chop Wood Carry Water

Chop Wood Carry Water Lo-Fi residency in NW Illinois’ Driftless Region is for thinkers and makers, people who need time away (but not too far) on quiet yet abundantly living land, to think, make, write, build, muse and experiment for a modest cost. 

Applications Due for Fall Season by August 5

There are 16 spots available (two unclaimed Rex Abandon scholarships)

This low residency allows for physical distancing as well as the space for people to choose interaction when desired, allowing focus on your practice and process.

This is not an art residency. We do not expect you to be an artist. We are interested in a larger definition of what it means to think, make, build and collaborate with land, other humans and living beings. We believe edges and categories of what it means to be creative and how we live in this world are meant to be explored and that this is essential for a new coming together within ourselves and between ourselves.

Conversation, moving, studying, walking, biking, kayaking, writing, reading, furniture making, weaving, print making, performing, filming, painting, building, on-site installation, sculpture, ceramics, animation, soil work, dancing, experimentation with and processing of land-based materials have figured largely with past residents.

All genders, sexual orientations, religious beliefs, races, and ethnicities are welcome as Chop Wood Carry Water residents. Applications are to assess if Chop Wood Carry Water lo-fi land-based residency is a good fit for you. There is no jurying of your past work.

For more information email info@socialecologies.net

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Into the Garden

with Wannapa P-Eubanks
Saturday Aug.27 & Sunday Aug.28, 2022
10am – 1pm each day
Location: (TBA outdoors in Evanston, IL)

Two day workshop culminating in group ritual performance. Three hours each day, outside and under the sky!

Mindfully focus on unearthing deep connection to oneself, each other, and Nature. Weaving these elements relationship, telling story and expressing it through Butoh movements and/or words, etc…[Sky is unlimited]

In hope to re-inspire, to re-spark joy and sense of togetherness.

What to bring: Yoga mat and blanket for some on the ground work, comfortable layers, clothes, snacks and water. Stay hydrated! Include bug spray or sunscreen as needed.

All levels are welcome. Email me with any questions or accessibility needs.

Wannapa performing at Freedom From and Freedom To at Elastic Arts. Photo by Liina Raud

Wannapa P-Eubanks is as a Butoh dance performer, Improviser, Choreographer, Movement Coach, and emerging actor, who creates expressive dance/ movement inspired by personal memories. Her performances often stems from a personal experience or a specific memory that grows into a poetic image that she imbues with the memory. Her venues include Goodman Theatre, Raven Theatre, Chicago Cultural Center, The Athenaeum Theatre, Victory GardenTheatre, MCA, Links Hall, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Access Living, Out of Site Chicago, Elastic Arts, and many more… She was selected to be one of Chicagoan artists to showcase for Dance/USA 2011 at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago. Wannapa has been part of Laura Crotte’s theatre group to present the “Day of the Death” show for students in Chicago schools. She is a former company member of Erasing the Distance [ETD.]: a documentary theatre exploring mental health. As one of the 4 selected grantees of ETD, she has conceived and produced the performance piece titled: “Through My Daughter’s Eyes” as part of the 2016 PopUp Series for Erasing the Distance by collaborating Theater, and Butoh in the work. Her recent work as a Movement Coach/Choreographer for Collectivo El Pozo theatre group, and Out of Site Chicago to perform in 2018, 2019, Live Streaming in May 2020, and Summer Open-Flow interactive Public performance in collaboration with Chicago Park District in August 2021. She has taught Butoh workshops such as Butoh workshop for actors at Collaboraction Theatre Company, Erasing the Distance [Doc.Fest 2018], Halcyon Theatre, Butoh Body, Chicago Inclusive Dance Festival 2019 [Co-curated by Body Work, Access Living, and Momenta], and individuals artists/actors as part of movement coaching.

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Orchidelirium: Mitsu Salmon & La Spacer

Orchidelirium is an outdoor interdisciplinary dance and performance connected to the history and symbolism of orchids by Mitsu Salmon with a soundscape by La Spacer.

Friday, July 29 
7 – 8:30 pm
Kilbourn Park (Avondale)
3501 N Kilbourn Ave Chicago, IL 60641

Friday, August 05
7 – 9:30 pm  
McKinley Park (Bridgeport)
2210 W. Pershing Rd. Chicago, IL 60609

Meet at the Field house, you will be led from there.

Free. Bring a chair or blanket. No registration is required.

Dance party to follow August 5th performance with DJ set by La Spacer.

McKinley event will be co-prenseted by CAAEJ

Created through the support of the Chicago Dancemaker’s Forum 

Presented through Night out in the Parks

Email orchideliriumperformance@gmail.com with any questions

Press and Podcast for more about the process and work

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Hot Mess!

Episode 5

Excerpt of Hot Mess! Episode 4 featuring Charles Joseph Smith, Carole McCurdy, Yumiko Yoshioka, Kikù Hibino, M_m<M and nulltopia

Marcy Rae Henry, SheenRu Yong, Shoshana Green, Meenakshi Marchione, and Harlan Rosen

Catch the livestream for a limited time:
4:20pm show: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1311706492

8pm show (even tho it says 4:20 ) https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1311862281

Together, we explore promiscuously inventive hybrids of tech media film music theater noise talk show jazz low brow glitch channelling queer family dance score improvs visual collage…either way it’s riveting and in the moment- these five artists are making stunning works individually and as a collective in Hot Mess! fashion: simultaneously live-streamed and experienced in person. Audience and artists alike can expect to flex VR and interpersonal skills while also adapting to new tools, technology and experiences. This space becomes anything we want it to be.

Saturday, May 28 @Elastic Arts 
Two Sets 4:20 & 8pm CST

3429 W. Diversey #208 or streaming online elasticarts.org/streaming
(check the world clock for your zone)
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Marcy Rae Henry es una Latina de Los Borderlands who studied stuff in Spain, India, Burma and Nepal, hitchhiked around France, Spain and Portugal and motorbiked through the Middle East. Her writing has received a Chicago Community Arts Assistance Grant, an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize nomination and first prize in Ember Chasm’s 2021 Novel Excerpt Contest. Her writing and visual art appear in The Columbia Review, carte blanche, Epiphany, The Southern Review, Cauldron Anthology and The Brooklyn Review, among others. DoubleCross Press will publish her chapbook ‘We Are Primary Colors’ this year.  www.marcyraehenry.com

SheenRu Yong is a dance artist, choreographer, and the initiator of body portal theatre. She began dancing at Wesleyan University and then trained in New York City and Taipei, where she was commissioned and inspired to choreograph evening-length shows, site-specific works, and community-based performances. While earning her MFA in Choreography at the Taipei National University of the Arts, she toured internationally with Legend Lin Dance Theatre. Through the platform body portal theatre, she works to research and develop the creative potentials of the individual, collective, and environmental bodies we inhabit. She is currently based in Honolulu. www.bodyportaltheatre.com

Shoshana Green is an experimental artist using movement and image to study “process” and “relationships” within and between the quotidian, esoteric and one’s living interiority. She works with the body as a sculptural representation, a mysterious territory of sensations and a channel for giving form to non-verbal narratives. Shoshana is a teacher, curator and presenter for Butoh Programming in San Francisco. She is also a somatic psychotherapist in private practice. www.butohsf.com, shoshanagreentherapy.com

Meenakshi M is an emerging multidisciplinary artist who has incorporated experimental video, dance, and sound art in her work.  In her films, she often explores concepts around the interconnectivity of humans and our relationship with nature.  As a sound artist, she frequently mixes electronic sources with live vocals to create a variety of harsh, textural, melodic, and cerebral sonic experiences.  During these times, she seeks to enhance the physicality of sound and bridge the gap between virtual and in-person human experiences.  As a recent graduate of Mills College, she continues to draw from the school’s rich traditions of experimental electronic music as inspiration across all facets of her work.  Meenakshi is elated to be contributing to the local performing arts scene(s) here in Chicago. @mak3shine3

Harlan Rosen performs like a playful kitty, getting stuck in a variety of boxes just for the joy of plotting their escape. As a mover and shaker, they have performed in ensemble works by Tadashi Endo, Joan Laage, Carole McCurdy, Ginger Krebs, and Mitsu Salmon, and have presented their own multimedia performances at Outerspace, Hamlin Park Theater, VHS, No Nation, and Elastic Arts. They live in a rent-controlled anterior temporal nucleus in your head, where they are currently dressed in drag as a duck and trying desperately to yodel.

Hot Mess! is a quarterly series produced by Sara Zalek in partnership with Elastic Arts. View a playlist of past performances: If you are or you know an artist interested in participating, complete this survey to get a sense of your interest and the program. This is a paid opportunity. 

This project is partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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HOT MESS!

Open Broadcaster Software LIVE Improvising Environment
Saturday, March 5, 2022
@Elastic Arts 3429 W Diversey Ave #208

TWO SETS IRL and live streaming
4:20pm & 8:pm CST 

Featuring:
Yumiko Yoshioka @yumiko-yoshioka (virtually from Tokyo)
Charles Joseph Smith @charlessmith702210
Carole McCurdy @carolemccurdy
Kikù Hibino @kiku.hibino
[⭐️] pronounced “Hypothetical Star”: M_m<M and nulltopia @mmmtvdotnet

Watch our March 5 performance on Twitch for a limited time !
4:20pm show: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1416601071
8pm show: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1416800096

For each set we invited a live audience and live-streamed online. In person audience size depends on Covid conditions, you must be vaccinated and wear a mask inside Elastic Arts.

This series focuses on the moments of co-creation and gives the artists a playful space to discover new ways of working together and interacting with the audience. The performance itself demonstrates the power of working together in the unknown, possibilities for Queering space, and the beauty in re-starting while making art!

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