‘To Be Two’
On August 23rd and 24th, as part of Links Hall’s 40th Anniversary season, MegLouise presents ‘To Be Two‘ — an immersive movement experience constructed by audience with performers. Together, we consider the tenuous space between where embodiment ends and all others begin. We mirror the messy and muddled construction of self in real life and honor the difficult task of being – together. Artist Megan Young extends the considerations of French philosopher, Luce Irigaray, as she explores intimacy in a postdigital age. This is a close reading of source text, of bodies present, of expectations, and of the breathing spaces between. Performed by Tuli Bera, Rebecca Burchur, Angela Luem, Caitlin Rafferty, Emily Thompson, Megan Young.
*NOTE: This experience involves conversations and/or references to sex, sexuality, and sex organs. In addition, portions of this event include physical contact and close physical proximity. If your safety and well-being demands that you view from a distance or abstain from contact, we will seat/place you accordingly (please mention on arrival or look for marked areas).
Artist Bios: MegLouise is the nom de guerre for individual artist, Megan Young’s interdisciplinary arts practice. Since 2006, Young and collaborators have presented movement and new media works in Hong Kong, Portugal, Canada, and throughout the United States. Chicago area credits include the DCASE SpinOff Dance Series, Chicago Home Theatre Festival, Links Hall, Columbia College Chicago, Salonathon, MCA Chicago, as well as other galleries and public spaces. Young holds a BFA in choreography from Ohio University and an MFA in interdisciplinary arts and media from Columbia College Chicago. She has been awarded two ‘In the Works’ residencies through the City of Chicago and a 2018 Chicago DanceMakers Forum (CDF) Greenhouse program grant. Her arts as activism approach has been featured in Hyperallergic, The Atlantic, and on National Public Radio (NPR). Tuli Bera values a community that is well integrated and inclusive. As a first-generation Indian-American her movement practice focuses on and questions the duality of her cultural upbringing and dance herstory. She received her BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has danced with Project Ishti led by Preeti Veerlapati and Kinnari Vora. She has also supported Aerial Dance Chicago as their program coordinator. She is artistic/executive director for the Jello Performance Series and dance writer for Picture this Post. Rebecca Burcher is a choreographer, performer, educator, and arts administrator committed to embodiment in diverse formats and dance for all bodies. She holds a BA in dance and a BS in community programs for Americans with disabilities from Slippery Rock University. She has worked with artists, including: Amanda Tarr Dance Company, Kristin Hapke, Elizabeth Corbett, Adele Myers, Tara Madsen, Antonio Brown, Crystal Frasier, Terence Greene, Kendra Portier, Pearl Ann Porter, Nora Ambrosio, Ursula Payne, James Washington, Melissa Teodoro, Teena Custer, Luis Fernad Tuchron, and Helanius Wilkins. Administrative positions have included teaching artist in residence at Attack Theatre, assistant school coordinator at Dancing Wheels Company & School, and director of dance programming at Elijah’s Developmental Arts Academy. Angela Luem has been collaborating with MegLouise since 2012, supporting development of new work and activating new media installations. She received her BFA from Southern Methodist University in dance performance. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City and worked as a pick-up dancer for Mark Dendy, Linda Diamond, Steele Dance, Dance Anonymous, and others. She moved to Mexico City to work with Tania Perez-Salad Co. de Danza, performing at: Jacob’s Pillow, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Touhill Performing Arts Center, Bellas Artes in Mexico City and touring Israel, Ireland and the US. More recently, she performed with Kristina Isabella Dance Company, Timothy Buckley, R|E Dance, and The Moving Architects. Caitlin Rafferty is a dancer, choreographer, and arts activist. She holds a BA in dance from Columbia College Chicago with an emphasis on modern dance and improvisational training. She has performed at Links Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Home Theatre Festival, Salonathon, RADfest, FIGMENT Chicago, Raw Artists, and other venues. She is an educator for young dancers and a certified Vinyasa Yoga instructor. She has been a collaborative performer with MegLouise since 2012, with notable contributions to projects including Watching Brief, Breakwall, and MegLouise danst Rosas. Emily Thompson holds a BA in dance from the University of Akron and has performed throughout Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, and San Francisco. Credits include: The American Dance Festival, Dancing Wheels, Evolving Doors Dance Company, Blind Tiger Society, and collaborative projects with individual artists, musicians, and composers. Thompson is also an educator teaching body-wholeness and trauma recovery through mindful embodiment.
Special Thanks: Misty Luminais for dramaturgy, Playhouse Square Center’s LAUNCH New Works Development Program, Chicago’s DCASE SpinOff Series, and Links Hall for developmental support of this project.