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)
In March 1996, Margi Cole, an independent choreographer and arts administrator, reached out to Chicago’s young, aspiring modern dancers who, like herself, were looking for venues to perform their own choreography. Cole combined her dance and choreography skills with her administrative, box office and technical stage experience to create The Dance COLEctive (TDC).
TDC has grown to become one of Chicago’s premier dance ensembles, recognized for our compelling, socially relevant, and inspiring choreography which embraces collaboration as a core element of our creative process, values the athleticism, grace, power, and strength of our dancers and nurtures and promotes the creativity of emerging artists.
STEPHANIE PAUL is a Co-Founder, Artistic Director, and ensemble member of Be the Groove, a Chicago based rhythmic performance ensemble. She is on staff at Dance Center Evanston and has taught for Northwestern University, Chicago National Association of DanceMasters and the Dance Profusion Project. Her choreography has been set on Ohio Northern University, Northwestern University, Evanston Dance Ensemble and numerous other companies. Her performances have been described by the Chicago Tribune as “beguiling and passionate,” and the Chicago Sun-Times has noted her work as “brilliantly percussive.”
Since relocating to Chicago in 2012, Dustin Laurenzi has quickly gained recognition as a unique new voice in the city’s creative music community. He is a member of Laurenzi/Ernst/Green, a collaborative trio whose debut release ‘Sightline’ (2013) was praised by All About Jazz as “bold in its youthful energy, sophisticated in its thematic unity…fresh, enjoyable and exciting.” Dustin’s thoughtful improvisations and melodic sensibilities have also made him a sought-after sideman, and he performs regularly with the Marquis Hill Quintet, the Quentin Coaxum Quintet, Katie Ernst’s Little Words, and others.