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In The Works: A Residency and Development Program

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Erica Mott Productions 3 Singersclick on image to enlarge

In the Works is the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events' residency program and gives emerging and established performing artists the opportunity to test-drive new work in a public setting. Each residency is tailored to the needs of the artist or company and their project and takes place in the most suitable DCASE space. Each showing is a unique opportunity for audiences to get a behind-the-scenes look at new work by Chicago artists. To view past In the Works showings, click here.


(schedule is subject to change)

Upcoming Showings


Erica Mott ProductionsErica Mott Productions 3 Singers

3 Singers

In residency February 13, 2014 - TBA in the Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio

Showing Date: TBA

Showing Time: TBA

RSVP: Reservations are not necessary for this showing.

3 Singers Opera explores the female body’s relationship with machinery in labor, production and policy of the textile industry. In three song cycles, intersections are drawn between labor practices in pre-civil war agriculture, the industrial revolution, and contemporary “sweat shops.” 3 Singers’ choreography is a collage inspired by culturally identifiable folk dances, organic movement of traditional (non-mechanized) labor and industrial labor in relationship to machinery. 3 Singers refers to the three vocal performers as well as their three sewing machines, each modified with Arduino technology to interrupt the performers’ voices and control sampled sound and video in the immersive installation.


Hearts and BrainsHearts and Brains Gashlycrumb Orphanage

Gashlycrumb Orphanage

In residency April 1–July 2014 in the Chicago Cultural Center Studio Theater, 1st Floor North

Showing Date: July 24, 25 & 26, 2014

Showing Time: July 24 & 25 at 6:30pm, July 26 at 2pm

RSVP Info:

Tim Burton meets Edward Gorey in this immersive theatrical experience where the orphans are running the orphanage.

Rowena and Thaddeus, the two eldest orphans, have taken over as lords of misrule after the mysterious and sudden disappearance of headmistress Mrs. Gintz. As we, the audience-cum-orphans learn, Mrs. Gintz has lied to us about our given names and respectable origins. Are we pleasant Midwestern theater-goers, or are we truly gypsy nobility, raised by bears? Are we sure?

Gashlycrumb Orphanage examines identity and origin through a range of storytelling styles, including dance, toy theater, and original music.


WildClawWildClaw Presents: A Taste of Terror

WildClaw Presents: A Taste of Terror

In residency June 28–August 31, 2014 in the Chicago Cultural Center Studio Theater, 1st Floor North

Showing Date: August 9, 2014

Showing Time: 6:30pm

RSVP Info:

WildClaw Theatre, dedicated to bringing the world of horror to the Chicago stage, presents an evening of short scenes of original and adapted plays for upcoming seasons by the finest local playwrights and directors. Indulge in a decadent sampling of suspense and terror from a range of spooky genres and theatrical styles. Come be a part of our creative process by giving feedback on what you have seen and be the first to experience all that WildClaw has in store for the future.


The Queen of LuxuriaThe Queen of Luxuria City Alive With Dreams

City Alive With Dreams

Chicago Cultural Center's Randolph Square, 1st Floor North

Showing Date: August 17, 2014

Showing Time: 3pm

RSVP: Free and open to the public.

From 2012 to 2013 The Queen of Luxuria interviewed one person a week about their sleep dreams and wrote poetry based on their dreams. In 2014, The Queen of Luxuria is working with the Dream Minds participants to expand the project into public performances throughout the city of Chicago. She is currently working with a composer and choir to vocalize the poetry into a sound piece that will be performed at the Chicago Cultural Center on August 17th. The sound pieces will become part of a whole series of public performances scheduled in different neighborhoods in Chicago, which will bring Chicago to life with dreams. For more information visit:


Marty McConnellMarty McConnell and Lindsey Dorr-Niro when they say you can’t go home and Lindsey Dorr-Niro

when they say you can’t go home again, what they mean is you were never there

a porous performance experience/work-in-progress with Marty McConnell and Lindsey Dorr-Niro


Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph St.

Showing Date: August 23, 2014

Showing Time: 3-7pm

RSVP Info:

Using the framework of a single, extended, expansive and interrupted meditation, “when they say you can’t go home again, what they mean is you were never there” is a porous engagement between audience and performers.

You are free to arrive and depart at any time during the four-hour event, and determine your level of interactivity and immersion in the project while in the shared space.

The engagement incorporates poetry, digital projection, construction, visualization, and guided contemplation to facilitate a shared experience.

On August 16, between 2pm and 7pm, you are invited to an open session as we play, practice, build, invent and rehearse and re-invent.

On August 23, from 3-7pm, you are invited to the grand experiment itself.


dropshift dancedropshift dance Imposter/Disrupted


In residency from March 5–October 3, 2014 in the Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio, 1st Floor North

Presentation: October 3, 2014, 6:30pm


Imposter/Disrupted is an experimental dance performance which explores the intersections of limitation, structures of power, and the scientific study of movement patterning. This work was developed through an exploration of imposed limitation and structures of power which affect our patterning, development, and output. Observed movement patterns are used as pathways, trajectories, and manipulation tools; ultimately creating filters through which original movement phrase and gesture is distilled in order to further abstract, define, and control the material. The once free form patterning of each dancer is forced to succumb to a structure of power that imposes limit and control forcing accommodation and change.


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