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Victoria Eleanor Bradford and Todd Mattei, Hiding Lost Things

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The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events' Theater and Dance Residencies give 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 showings, click here.


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Victoria Eleanor Bradford and Todd MatteiVictoria Eleanor Bradford and Todd Mattei

Victoria Bradford is an artist invested in image-making, public performance, and text-based systems for movement. Todd Mattei is an artist working in music, animation, and video. Bradford and Mattei have each shown work extensively, including recent engagements at the MCA Chicago and Les Rencontres Internationales, Paris.


A collaborative endeavor—a duet between media and persons—Duet cultivates movement vocabulary from Bradford’s daily public practice and sound vocabulary from Mattei’s ongoing music compositions. Bradford and Mattei seek to apply the form and function developing to psychographic unravellings revealed in the work and in our lives.

  • Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
  • Time: 7-9pm
  • Location: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Studio Theater



Creative Time/Links Hall Sponsored Artist J'Sun has been exhuming constellations from the flesh and framing it as dance in Chicago for over ten years. A Chicago Dancemaker's Forum Lab Artist, 2014, a recent High Concept Laboratory resident artist, he consistently dares you to reckon with this!

Working On Better Versions of Prayers

Sworn statement. Affirmation. Affidavit. Working On Better Versions of Prayers is embedded with the perpetual mind game of “describing the world as if I’m going to die at any moment,” finding embodied language to recontextualize violent crackery (cracker--euphemism for whip wielder historically from Black holocaust in North America).

  • Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016
  • Time: 12 Noon
  • Location: Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Dance Studio


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