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Hot Mess! E6 & 7

Episode 6: Saturday, October 22
4:20pm & 8:00pm CST
Boston_Chicago bridge, featuring artists: Aza, Amanu, Jinlu Luo, Dubi Kaufman, Christine Shallenberg, Sara June & Max Lord

Hot Mess! is a play space where we invite the chaos of the unfamiliar into our process, together. We focus on the moments of co-creation, discover new ways of working together, interacting with the audience, connecting both in person and online. Hot Mess! demonstrates the power of working together in the unknown, seeks possibilities for Queering space, and centers the joy and beauty in re-starting while making art! All ages are invited.

Shoshana Green, from Hot Mess! Episode 5

Supported in part by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, especially for #YearofChicagoDance #yocd

Episode 7: Hot Mess -> MOVE MOVE Crossover
Saturday, November 12

4:20pm & 8:00pm 
Baltimore_Chicago bridge featuring artists of Move Move Collaborative: Orlando Johnson, Chrissy Martin, Peter Redgrave, Cristal Sabbagh, Ashley Shey, Matt Williams, Emmett Wilson, Lorene Bouboushian, Sara Zalek, plus DJ Major Taylor and Dalia Chin

$15 Elastic Arts, 3429 W. Diversey Ave. #208 Chicago, IL 60647
Streaming: https://elasticarts.org/streaming
No advance ticket sales. Debit/Cash accepted at the door

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Elastic Arts is a non-profit organization that fosters a community of music, art and performance in the Avondale/Logan Square neighborhoods of Chicago and beyond through developing, hosting, producing, and promoting creative, independent, and local music concerts, exhibitions, and multi-arts performances.

Amanu

Featured Artist bios:
Amanu started their storytelling journey through make-believe w/ their sibling creating worlds and characters to inhabit. Soon spiral notebooks birthed drawings, stories, and poetry. It wasn’t long until they fell in love with freestyling & helped form the rap crew, Jus-Us League. In 2001 they moved to Chicago &  joined the jazz-based band Daily Bridge Club.  In 2007 joined the iNNERvISIONISTS, an organic Hip-Hop band. There, they met Casagrown, formed the rap duo BADWOLFF & perform all over Chicago at venues such as Beat Kitchen, Subterranean, Elbo Room, and The Mutiny. Amanu’s poetry stylings are rooted in rituals of storytelling & the delights of language.

Aza

Aza is a performance and visual artist and co-conspirator at No Nation Tangential Unspace Art Lab. This Coalescence is one to galavant in dreamscapes, ancestral juke joints, chaturbate masturbation web temples, loose-tooth tanks, and the Heartspace. They organize Smudge Cinema Project, a now-and-then screening series that takes a look at what happens when a film is projected on a wall for people to watch. Metabolization seems to be what they appear to do, lately. 

Sara June

Sara June is a Boston-based performance artist working primarily in butoh, movement improvisation and installation. She is the director of the annual Boston Butoh Festival and is co-director of Boston’s oldest experimental artists’ collective, the Mobius Artists Group. She and sound artist Max Lord compose the performance duo Lord and June whose past commissions include a gallery performance for an exhibition of the acclaimed Hiroshima Panels by Japanese artists Iri and Toshi Maruki at Boston University and an outdoor movement and spatialized-sound work for Fujiko Nakaya’s Fog x FLO installation in Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace.

Max Lord

Max Lord is a Boston-based improvisor who has worked in a variety of rock, noise, electronic and improv settings. Though originally identifying as a percussionist, since 2000 he has performed with Buchla electronic instruments including the Marimba Lumina, an exotic mallet controller. His recorded work as Ghost Grass recalls mid-century electronic experimentation as often as more modern improvised approaches, and is intimately tied to the magnetic medium on which it is created.

Dubi Kaufman

Dubi Kaufmanm makes interactive art. He uses code, cellphones, screen printing or bicycle parts to make art that sparks joy.

Christine Shallenberg is a multimedia artist whose work ranges in scale from performative physical encounters to mediated light and sound installations to participatory choreographies for audiences. Christine has been nominated for a Bessie (NY Dance and Performance Award) in visual design for David Neumann’s Restless Eye, for which she designed a system for scanning and translating the performers’ EEG brain waves into large-scale lighting shifts for the entire performance space. She also worked as the Lighting Designer for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company for whom she designed Second Hand, Antic Meet, Nearly 902 and more than 30 unique Event performances seen around the world.

Producer and Director of Hot Mess!, Sara Zalek is an Avant-garde maker of situations and curious objects. Rooted in physical investigations of improvisation, resilience, and transformation, their work is intimate, raw, poetic. They create performances, learning situations, and sensing environments to encourage thoughtful interpersonal connections.

Sara Zalek

​Zalek performs often and in both live and online situations; most recently named an “Esteemed Artist” by The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). In 2021 they held a curatorial residence at Elastic Arts, and in 2020 were in virtual residence at the Dance Center at Columbia College of Chicago, a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist (2015), a 3Arts Make a Wave Awardee, and a Ragdale Foundation Fellow. They have performed and curated workshops and festivals at the Chicago Cultural Center, Elastic Arts, Experimental Sound Studio, Links Hall, Japanese Culture Center, CoProsperity Sphere, No Nation Tangential Unspace Art Lab, dfbrl8r, Outerspace, UrBandGuild, and many more.

Interested to Participate in 2023? Or to find out more specifically: https://forms.gle/JZ5dA6kajuF3un1u5
This is a paid opportunity.

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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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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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