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Press Release: Fourth Annual “OnEdge” Series Spotlights Genre-Defying Experimental Live Performance




February 23-March 25, 2017

Chicago Cultural Center and Other Locations, Various Hours

Chicago Cultural Center  >  Events Calendar  >  Theater & Dance  >  OnEdge


Court/Garden by a canary torsi (Photo by: Maria Baranova)

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The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) presents the fourth annual OnEdge, the experimental live performance series, February 23–March 25, 2017. The FREE admission series will feature Chicago and world premieres from national and international artists and companies at venues including the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.), Dfbrl8r gallery (1463 W. Chicago Ave.), American Theater Company (1909 W. Byron St.), The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (915 E. 60th St.) and the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse (3035 N. Hoyne Ave.)



The Triumph of Fame by Marie-Caroline Hominal

February 23-25, 2017 The Triumph of Fame by Marie-Caroline Hominal

5-10pm (one-on-one performances take place every 20 minutes)

Dfbrl8r, 1463 W. Chicago Ave.

Swiss-based performer Marie-Caroline Hominal strips down the codes of theatrical artifice in a phantasmagorical and intimate one-on-one encounter with an audience member scheduled every 20 minutes.


A Ride on The Irish Cream by Erin Markey

February 24 & 25, 2017 A Ride on The Irish Cream by Erin Markey (Photo by: Ian Douglas)


American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St.

A fresh and surprising new musical anchored inside the memory of a Michigan backyard on the bank of the Kawkawlin River, A Ride On The Irish Cream rushes forth from the mind of celebrated cabaret and performance artist Erin Markey.


minor matter by Ligia Lewis

March 3 & 4, 2017 minor matter by Ligia Lewis


Chicago Cultural Center, Dance Studio, 78 E. Washington St.

Berlin-based choreographer Ligia Lewis uses dance, visual arts and the theater to pose questions concerning otherness and empathy in this second installment of a racially-conscious trilogy.


Three Matadores by Every house has a doorThree Matadores by Every house has a door (Photo by: Jared Larson, 2015)

March 11, 2017 at 7pm and March 12, 2017 at 2pm

The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.

The setting of a bullring offers a poetic meditation on identity, violence and the resonant beauty of language.


lil BLK by NIC Kaylil BLK by NIC Kay (Photo by: Gina Marie Robinson)

March 16 & 17, 2017 at 7:30pm and March 18, 2017 at 2pm

Hamlin Park Fieldhouse, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave.

In an experimental solo performance influenced by New York City gay/queer ballroom culture, live punk shows, butoh and praise dance, lil BLK tells the autobiographical story of a fairy boi, child of god, little black girl, performer and activist.


Court/Garden by a canary torsiCourt/Garden by a canary torsi (Photo by: Maria Baranova)

March 24 & 25, 2017 at 7:30pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.

A spectacle in three acts, Court/Garden is a multimedia, dance and live music performance taking its inspiration from the imperial ballets of Louis XIV’s French Court and the participatory practices of the Occupy Wall Street Movement.


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