Peep Show featuring work by Ayako Kato, Enid Smith, & Alex Temple

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)

Alex Temple Website


A sound can evoke a time, a place, or a way of looking at the world. Alex Temple (b. 1983) writes music that distorts and combines iconic sounds to create new meanings, often in service of surreal, cryptic or fantastical stories. In addition to performing her own works for voice and electronics, she has collaborated with performers and ensembles such as Mellissa Hughes, Timothy Andres, the American Composers Orchestra, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, and Spektral Quartet. She’s currently working on a DMA at Northwestern University and writing a podcast-opera about TV production company logos and the end of the world.

Ayako Kato


Called “compelling to behold” by the New York Times, Ayako Kato is an award-winning dancer and choreographer who hails from Yokohama, Japan. Since 1998, she has been an artistic director of Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape (AUH) and produced over fifty choreographic works and over one hundred music and dance collaboration productions, generating from solo to larger ensemble by elevating interdisciplinary collaboration reciprocally with experimental, free-jazz and improvisation musicians as well as contemporary visual artists in the United States, Japan and Europe.

Most recently, she presented an hour movement installation The Incidents (dance by Precious Jennings, Jessica Marasa, Ayako Kato) at the Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts of Loyola University as a part of the Pivot Arts Festival 2014 supported by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Individual Artists (IAP) Grant and Incidents II at the Engaging Dance Audiences program of Audience Architects, administered by Dance/USA with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. In 2014, she also received Chicago-Lucerne Art Residency Grant from Swiss Benevolent Society and LinkUP with Dance at Illinois (Artist in Resident at the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign).

Monica Thomas/Montom Art


Enid Smith earned her BFA from the NC School of the Arts in 1999. She danced in NYC with the Merce Cunningham Repertory Ensemble, Ivy Baldwin Dance, Anita Cheng Dance, and MAC cosmetics among others. In Chicago her choreography has been presented at The PianoForte Studios, Hamlin Park Fieldhouse, A John Cage Festival, The Drucker Center, Links Hall, Evanston SPACE, The A.W.A.R.D Show! Chicago, the Evanston Dance Showcase, and the Dance Chicago Festival. An avid collaborator, she has created work with painter Andrew Rauhauser, composers Jonathan Hey and Christopher Preissing, and frequently teams with the artists of Articular Facet. Enid currently teaches ballet and modern at Dance Center Evanston where she has created original dances for both the Evanston Dance Ensemble and EDE2. Enid is a member of the Cecchetti Council of America, a mother of two, and the artistic director of enidsmithdance.