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)
Percussionist Glenn Kotche and bassist Darin Gray collaborate as on Fillmore, incorporating field recordings to transport listeners to exotic sonic loctions — both real and imagined. Since its formation in 2000 after a seminal festival appearance with Jim O’Rourke, On Fillmore has released three records, performed at numerous festivals around the globe, and created soundtracks for several films that have appeared at SXSW and the Toronto Film Festival.
Jump Rhythm Jazz Project
Billy Siegenfeld is the Emmy Award®-winning founder, artistic director, principal choreographer, vocal arranger, and ensemble member of Jump Rhythm Jazz Project (JRJP), a non-profit national and international-touring company of performers who use vocally generated rhythmic movement to explore the energy-rich roots of human behavior. He is a Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence in the Department of Theatre at Northwestern University where he teaches among other subjects Jump Rhythm® Technique, a rhythm-generated, movement-and-voice system of performing arts training for actors, dancers, and singers, and Movement Awareness, a course in mind-body integration based on the principles of Standing Down Straight®, an injury-preventive system of postural and motional health. He is also at a guest instructor in the School of Engineering where he teaches partnered swing-dancing as a source of collaborative problem-solving, and a fellow at NU’s Women’s Residential College. Abroad, he is the artistic director of the Helsinki-based dance company Jump Rhythm Collective whose members perform JRJP repertory as well as build their own creative and teaching work around the concepts of Jump Rhythm® Technique and Standing Down Straight®.
The Leopold Group
The Leopold Group a Chicago-based modern dance company, was founded in March 2005 by Illinois native Lizzie Leopold. Lizzie holds a BFA in dance from the University of Michigan, an MA in Performance Studies from New York University, and is a doctoral candidate at Northwestern University, researching intersections of arts and economics. The Leopold Group has performed across Chicago-land, and from San Francisco to New York – receiving awards from the New York International Fringe Festival, the Workspace for Choreographers Artists Retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Chicago Cultural Center DanceBridge Program, and has been called “brainy and enthralling” by TimeOut Chicago.