Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
66 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
201 E. Randolph St., between Michigan Ave. & Columbus Ave. Chicago, IL 60602
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)
In residency February 13, 2014 - TBA in the Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio
Showing Date: TBA
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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.
In residency from March 5–October 3, 2014 in the Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio, 1st Floor North
Open Rehearsal: May 30, 2014
Presentation: October 3, 2014
Open Rehearsal: 5pm
Open Rehearsal: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/639093
Imposter/Contained 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.
In residency March 5–June 30, 2014 in the Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio, 1st Floor North
Sound Presentation: June 4, 2014
Presentation: July 20, 2014
City-Wide Presentations: August 8–24, 2014
Sound Presentation: 12 Noon–1pm in the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North
Presentation: 2–5pm throughout the Chicago Cultural Center
City-Wide Presentations: 6–8pm in various Chicago neighborhoods
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 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 June 4th. The sound pieces will become part of a whole series of public performances scheduled in different neighborhoods in Chicago from August 8 to 24, which will bring Chicago to life with dreams. For more information visit: cityalivewithdreams.tumblr.com.
In residency February 22–June 15, 2014 in the Chicago Cultural Center Dance Studio, 1st Floor North
Showing Date: June 14, 15, 2014
Showing Time: June 14 at 6:30pm, June 15 at 2pm
RSVP Info: Reservations are not necessary for this showing.
First it was a dream.
The dream guided her to her grandfather’s music.
The music became words on paper.
The words turned into recordings of her voice and sketches.
The sketches asked for a dramatic space to live in and the voice called for a body to live the dream.
In this first physical iteration of her dream Natalja Aicardi delves deeply into her musical-in-development, deconstructing and reconstructing songs to create a physical score and to explore her interdisciplinary process of cross-pollination between different disciplines. Out of a live installation documenting the process, music and movement will arise.
In residency February 21-June 23, 2014 in the Chicago Cultural Center Studio Theater, 1st Floor North
Showing Date: June 22 & 23, 2014
Showing Time: June 22 at 2pm, June 23 at 6:30pm
DON CHIPOTLE is inspired by the classic story of Don Quixote and Juan Villa's experience growing up in an immensely violent environment of the Lower East Side of New York City. The tragedy is not that of an old man who, while going senile exudes the spirit of an uninhibited child, but that of a child who has his childhood hijacked from him, forcing him to grow up too fast. This is a magical adventure story, where, through the eyes and brave action of a child, the audience crosses the vast metropolis of Manhattan to see the world put to right.
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: TBA
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.
In residency March 22–May 4, 2014 in the Chicago Cultural Center Studio Theater, 1st Floor North
Showing Date: May 2 & 4, 2014
Showing Time: May 2 at 6:30pm, May 4 at 2pm
RSVP Info: email@example.com. Must RSVP at least 24 hours prior to the showing you would like to attend. Must have and be willing to use your own smart phone & headphones for the presentation.
Ghost Army is a city-wide adventure. Participate in head-to-head competitions. The prize is seeing your city in a new light and honing your skills as a member of the Ghost Army. Ghost Army was founded as an elite unit of artist working to deceive the Germans on the frontlines of World War II. This tradition is still alive and well today. We are artists working towards the protection and proliferation of the founding forgotten principles of the United States- freedom to live a full life, the pursuit of whatever makes us happy even if it doesn’t make us money and the assurance that we aren't all out there alone.
Ghost Army was developed, in part, with the support of the Orchard Project, a program of The Exchange.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
In residency July 12–August 24, 2014 in the Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph St.
Showing Date: August 23, 2014
Showing Time: 2pm
RSVP Info: whentheysay.brownpapertickets.com
“When they say you can’t go home again, what they mean is you were never there” fuses performance poetry, sound art, found art, and invited public collaboration to explore the notions of voluntary exile and return, mark-making, child’s play, and the untrustworthiness of memory.
The experience launches with an open collaborative session where the public is invited to build, record, rehearse, revise and create elements that will be used in the culminating performance one week later. In the culminating performance, the audience is invited to witness and engage over the course of six hours, coming and going as they choose.