IN/MOTION: CHICAGO'S DANCE FILM FESTIVAL - ONGOING
The mission of IN/Motion is to celebrate dance performance within digital media platforms by fostering innovation in the presentation of movement-based artworks and by encouraging artists to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration. IN/Motion is particularly keen to highlight dance and digital media work with a social justice element. Please see here and here for 2017 highlights and festival information.
"ALL" THE DANCE FILM - MARCH 2017
Produced and co-choreographed a dance film that involved an ensemble of dancers with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers performing alongside advanced dance students and professional artists. The film was premiered at the In/Motion Dance Film Festival and also presented at UCLA's Disability as Spectacle conference. All was an official selection at London's Tran(s)mit film festival and was also recently accepted into the National Academy of Medicine's Visualize Health online art gallery launching November 9th, 2017. A link to the film can be found here.
CULTURAL DANCE EXCHANGE TO HAVAVA, CUBA - OCTOBER, 2016
Six dancers and eight filmmakers traveled to Havana, Cuba to collaborate on dance and film projects. Students created original works and studied at the prestigious Escuela de Danza.
INTERNATIONAL DANCE DIALOGUE IN ROME, ITALY - JULY, 2016
Ten dancers traveled to Rome, Italy to collaborate on a joint project with professional ensemble Mandela Dance Company. Performances of original work at the Teatro Greco Via Ruggero Leoncavallo in Rome can be found here and here.
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE - MARCH, 2016 and 2017
Twenty-six LUC Dance Majors performed with the University Chorale for Loyola's annual Climate Change Conference. The conference hosts a network of Jesuit colleges and universities and seeks to support institutional initiatives driven by environmental sustainability. Please see here for the full performance.
UP FOR YOU IS DOWN - FEBRUARY, 2016
In collaboration with the Loyola University Museum of Art, ten dancers created a site-specific choreographic installation to be performed with Andy Warhol's Silver Clouds exhibit. Set to Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground music, the work explores themes present in Warhol's most iconic art works as well as fame, selfie culture, and the notion of the artist as "superstar". Please see here for the full work.
CLOUDBURST VIETNAM - MAY, 2015
Ten dancers recently traveled to Vietnam for a joint music and dance concert with the International Choir and Orchestra of Ho Chi Minh City at the Saigon Music Conservatory. The choir and dancers presented original choreography to Eric Whitacre's Cloudburst and another student choreographed work to Norman Dello Joio's To Saint Cecelia.
GATHER UP THE FRAGMENTS - FEBRUARY, 2015
The Dance Program within the Loyola University Chicago Department of Fine and Performing Arts collaborated with the University Museum of Art on a February-March 2015 Shaker art exhibit entitled Gather up the Fragments. The site specific choreographic installation explored the kinesthetic expression of spiritual gifts, the art of dance as a hallowing of the body, and Shaker culture/design innovation. Please see here for the full work. The partnership also involved the Loyola film program which produced a documentary film on the creative process - see here - as well as presented a digital media component embedded within the work itself.
THE AFTER SCHOOL MATTERS DANCE ENSEMBLE
The ASM Dance Ensemble is committed to providing teens with a safe, cooperative, and creative learning environment where they can grow and be fulfilled as dance artists; where they forge personal and professional relationships; and where they learn interpersonal and critical thinking skills necessary for mature citizens entering the workforce. Past performances include those at Daley Plaza, the Chicago Cultural Center, The South Shore Cultural Center, the Chicago Theater, Dance Chicago, and the Museum of Contemporary Art; and the ASM Dance Ensemble has collaborated with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Danceworks Chicago, CDI/Concert Dance Inc., The Chicago Dancing Festival, the Harris Theater, and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater among others. Please click here, here, here, and here to see our past sessions.