Peep Show featuring work by Striding Lion Performance Group, The Space Movement Project, & Jason Roebke
Peep Show: Haptic+Emma Draves
Collaboratively produced by Striding Lion Performance Group and Links Hall Constellation
Created by Annie Arnault
Curated by Amanda Lower
Voted “Best Behind the Scenes Dance Series” by Chicago Reader.
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 and in the moment.
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)
Amanda Exley Lower
is the incoming Executive and Artistic Director for Striding Lion Performance Group. She is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and community builder reaching audiences and students from Northwestern to the far south side of Chicago. Amanda serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Northwestern Dance Program and as faculty adviser for the student dance group, New Movement Project. Performance highlights include appearances with the Jose Limon Dance Company, Clay Taliaferro, Shapiro & Smith, and Tere O’Connor. Her choreography has been presented in Chicago at Links Hall, Berger Park, the YWCA of Evanston, and the Josephine Louis Theater of Northwestern. National performances have included the Modern Atlanta Dance Festival, the Conant Center for the Performing Arts, the Beam, 7Stages, the New York International Fringe Festival, Free Range Arts of NYC, and the Cleveland Public Theater. Amanda received a B.A. from Duke University and an M.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with further studies at the University of Ghana in Accra.
The Space Movement Project
Currently celebrating their 10th anniversary season, The Space Movement Project is an innovative female dance group dedicated to: nurturing the collective female lens in contemporary dance movement; inspiring experimental collaborative inquiry in creative dance process; and cultivating the Chicago dance community through its platforms for discussion and venue for contemporary dance incubation. Since 2005, TSMP has performed work across Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and New York and Puebla, Mexico. As active members of the Chicago dance community they have made appearances at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, The Dance Center of Columbia College, Hamlin Park Fieldhouse, Links Hall, Roosevelt University and the Chicago Cultural Center’s Yates Gallery. The group began managing Chicago’s, OuterSpace Studios in 2010 offering subsidized space rental to over 100 practicing artists annually.
Jason Roebke has been a integral part of the Chicago jazz scene since locating to the city in 1999. He composes music for two ensembles, Jason Roebke Combination and the Jason Roebke Octet. Solo performance and a duo with dancer Ayako Kato are also at the forefront of his creative activities. His improvisations are intensely physical, audacious, and sparse. The Chicago Reader described his work as “a carefully orchestrated rummage through a hardware store.”