Peep Show featuring work by Honey Pot Performance Group & Adriana
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)
Honey Pot Performance
Honey Pot Performance is a woman-focused collaborative creative community committed to chronicling and interrogating Afro-diasporic feminist and fringe subjectivities amidst the pressures of contemporary global life. Following in the footsteps of cultural workers such as Zora Neale Hurston, Beryl McBurnie, Pearl Primus and Katherine Dunham, Honey Pot Performance forefronts African diasporic performance traditions. We draw upon a central notion found in performance studies, black feminist discourse and sociology: non-Western, everyday popular and/or folk forms of cultural performance are valuable sites of knowledge production and cultural capital for subjectivities that often exist outside of mainstream communities. Most importantly, Honey Pot Performance enlists modes of creative expressivity to examine the nuances of human relationships including the ways we negotiate identity, belonging and difference in our lives and cultural memberships. Dismantling the vestiges of oppressive social relationships is part of the work. Through performance, we emphasize everyday ways of valuing the human.
Honey Pot Performance’s Ma(s)king Her was developed during the 2015 Crossing Boundaries artist residency at University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life and Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture.
Adriana Durant/Striding Lion Performance Group
Adriana Durant is a dance artist and educator. She has a MFA in Choreography from The Ohio State University, a BFA in Performance from Emerson College in Boston, and a k-12 certificate in dance from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She has worked as a Teaching Artist with Hubbard St. Dance Chicago, Striding Lion Performance Group, Chicago Dance Institute, and the Old Town School of Folk Music and as a professor at Columbia college, Ohio University, The Ohio State University, and guest artist at numerous universities, dance companies, and high schools. Adriana is an instructor for the annual summer intensive, the Now and Next Mentoring Project and teaches master classes and workshops nationally as a member of Like You Mean It, an improvisation trio focusing on group composition in performance. Adriana is currently the lead dance teacher at Senn High School in Chicago.
STRIDING LION PERFORMANCE GROUP is a company of dance theater artists and collaborators dedicated to bringing innovative and thought provoking performance programming to diverse audiences. Through the collision of live performance and new media, a stalwart commitment to original music, and the inventive use of both traditional and nontraditional performance spaces, our performance and education work challenges audiences to move beyond the limitations of a passive “viewing” experience and engage more immediately and kinesthetically with the contentand material presented. On the stage, in the studio, and in the classroom, Striding Lion endeavors to expand the dialogue between artist and audience—breaking down barriers to make dance theater performance both accessible and meaningful.
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