Virtuosity of Forgetting by Molly Shanahan/ Mad Shak

Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak


Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak is an established leader in small-organization experimental contemporary dance in Chicago. For almost 25 years the Company has created and presented critically-acclaimed dances that reimagine the human body and the relationships that occur in live performance. Projects range from long-term solo investigations that have prompted Shanahan’s distinctive movement research and vocabulary, to duet and ensemble projects that through multiple performed iterations expand and deepen that research and vocabulary. All projects engage multi-media collaborations with composers, videographers, presenter-partners, and community partners.

Created in Chicago by Canadian-born choreographer Molly Shanahan, Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak has for twenty years provided a facile and adaptable organizational home for Shanahan’s movement and performance research and collaborations. The Company is led by Shanahan and a lean artistic staff in partnership with an international board of directors who have remained focused on creative research, experimentation, and risk over institutional growth.