Peep Show: The Peter Carpenter Performance Project

Peep Show: The Instant Choreography Series


Collaboratively produced by Striding Lion Performance Group and Links Hall Constellation

Created by Annie Arnault

Curated by Amanda Lower

Peep Show gives audiences a behind the scenes peek into the unique dance making processes of innovative Chicago choreographers as they develop world premiere dance works live, in the moment, based on suggestions from audience members.

Each performance features two choreographers working simultaneously against the clock (45 min) in two different studios, to realize completely new pieces that incorporate suggestions from the audience, original music from an experimental composer (chosen by Constellation) and their choreography. The audience is invited to grab drinks and mingle between sittings in on each studio.

(pictured: The Humans – March 3, 2014)

Katherine Young


Composer and bassoonist Katherine Young creates acoustic and electro-acoustic music that the New York Times describes as “raw, wailing, coloristic” with an “organic sweep.” Katherine’s work — including her recent project with Spektral Quartet violinist Austin Wulliman, her commissions with choreographer Daria Fain, and her long-standing duo with violist Amy Cimini — often involves extensive collaboration, while her solo music has also made waves in The Wire (“Bassoon colossus”) and Downbeat (“seriously bold leaps for the bassoon”).

Peter Carpenter Performance Project


Peter Carpenter is an independent choreographer whose dance and physical theater performances have often intersected with critical theory, queer politics, and activism. Carpenter’s current choreographic project—a cycle of dances under the umbrella title Rituals of Abundance for Lean Times—critiques socially constructed myths of scarcity in relationship to his own processes as a dancemaker. He holds an MFA in Dance and Ph.D. in Culture and Performance, both from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. He is an Associate Professor at Columbia College Chicago.

Jeff Hancock/Molly Shanahan


Jeff Hancock was a founding member of River North Dance Chicago, has danced for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Dance Kaleidoscope, and Same Planet Different World Dance Theater, where he was a Co-Artistic Director. He has appeared in many productions with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. West Side Story, Song and Dance, Oklahoma, Romeo and Juliet, and Disney are some of the tours he has been a part of, nationally and internationally. He recently choreographed “Miss Saigon” at the Paramount Theatre, “The Pajama Game” at Northwestern University, co-created and choreographed “Once Upon A Dream” for Princess Cruise lines, and hascreated work forRiver North Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street 2, Columbia College, Northwestern University, the Edinburgh Festival, Same Planet Different World, The Dance COLEctive, Pegasus Players, and Ohio Northern University among others. He is currently a Lecturer in the Dance Program at Northwestern University, and Adjunct at Columbia College Chicago.He has been nominated for Ruth Page Awards for his dancing and choreography, and is an Illinois Arts Council grant recipient.