2018 FESTIVAL EVENTS
Dates, Times & Locations TBA
Screening and Q&A of Celia Rowlson-Hall’s “(The [End) of History Illusion]”
Please join us for a screening of celebrated dance filmmaker Celia Rowlson-Hall’s “The [End) of History Illusion]”. A discussion with Celia regarding these works and their relation to the current political climate and global warming will follow the screening.
Dancer/choreographer/filmmaker Celia Rowlson-Hall is best known for her iconic choreography in the hit TV show Girls, music videos by Alicia Keys and MGMT, dynamic shorts such as “The Audition” and “Prom Night”, and the 2015 feature, MA, a movement-driven narrative of the Virgin Mary’s pilgrimage. Regarding her latest work, Rowlson-Hall reflects, “I wanted to explore commercialism in the face of fear, creating a spectacle to distract and entertain - an escape from our present day reality”.
International Dance Film Juried Screening
Enjoy a screening of selected international dance film shorts. Following the screening, The I/M Audience Choice Award, Social Justice Award, and Special Selection Grand Jury Award will be presented. Grand Jury panelists include dance writer and Arts Alliance Illinois Communications and Engagement Director, Zachary Whittenburg; Associate Curator of Performance at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Tara Aisha Willis; Chicago Tribune Dance Critic, Lauren Warnecke; Executive Director of Full Spectrum Features, Eugene Park; and High Concept Labs Artist in Residence, Erin Kilmurray.
International Dance Film Juried Screening After Party
Please join us for sweet and savory bombas in celebration of our selected local, national & international Dance Filmmakers. Cash bar!
Professional Gaga Class with Bobbi Jene Smith (ADD-ON EVENT)
Former Batsheva dancer and independent performance artist Bobbi Jene Smith will teach a professional level Gaga class. The layering of familiar movements with Gaga tasks presents fresh challenges that prompt dancers to visit unfamiliar ways of moving. Gaga deepens dancers’ awareness of physical sensations, expands a palette of available movement options, enhances ability to modulate energy, engages explosive power, and enriches movement quality with a wide range of textures.
Local Artists Works-in-Progress Showing
An afternoon of local artists’ works-in-progress showings and guided discussions led by Chicago Tribune Dance Critic, Lauren Warnecke. Presenters include AJ McClenon, Erica Mott, Mariel Harari, Kristina Isabelle, and Sara Zalek. Join us for an afternoon of creative discussion and a look inside artistic processes.
Female Figures: Then and Now Panel and Reception (FREE EVENT!)
Join us for an evening panel and reception with renown art advocates: Deana Haggag, CEO of United States Artists; celebrated filmmaker, Celia Rowlson-Hall; internationally acclaimed movement artist, Bobbi Jene Smith, and Po’Chop / Jenn Freeman, burlesque + performance artist. A moderated conversation led by Chicago Dance History Project Director, Jenai Cutcher will center on panelists’ roles as female figures in the arts, female role models throughout history, professional insights to career choices, and the perceived history of women artists’ professional joys, triumphs, and challenges.
Screening of Elvira Lind’s award-winning documentary Bobbi Jene and Q&A
After a decade of stardom in Israel, American dancer Bobbi Jene decides to leave behind her prominent position at the world-famous Batsheva Dance Company, as well as the love of her life, to return to the U.S. to create her own boundary breaking art. Tracking the personal and professional challenges that await her, Elvira Lind’s film lovingly and intimately documents the dilemmas and inevitable consequences of ambition. Bobbi Jene delves into what it takes for a woman to gain her own independence in the extremely competitive world of dance and to find self-fulfillment in the process.
Adaptive Dance Class
Bobbi Jene Smith will lead a community dance class open to all movers including those with disabilities. Special guests will include dancers from the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s Parkinson’s Project. During the second portion of this class, Bobbi will create a performance piece with the class participants to be performed and documented on film at the end of the class.
Bobbi Jene Smith is an alumnus of the Juilliard School, North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. From 2005-2014 she was a member of the Batsheva Dance Company under the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin. She has worked and collaborated with a variety of artists around the world including Ohad Naharin, Sharon Eyal, Celia Rowlson-Hall, Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More and Martha Clarke. She is a certified Gaga teacher and has taught the repertory of Ohad Naharin in schools and universities around the U.S. since 2005. She is in constant process with her three most recent works, A Study on Effort, Harrowing, and Arrowed.
Women’s Narratives Workshop by Celia Rowlson-Hall
Celia Rowlson-Hall will lead a workshop and discussion on voicing women’s stories through movement narratives. She will guide the development of movement phrase work based on participants’ own stories around the question, “What does it mean to you to identify as a woman?”
Dancer/choreographer/filmmaker Celia Rowlson-Hall is best known for her iconic choreography in the hit TV show Girls, music videos by Alicia Keys and MGMT, dynamic shorts such as The Audition and Prom Night, and the 2015 feature, MA, a movement-driven narrative of the Virgin Mary’s pilgrimage.
Student Curated Event
Join us for this exciting student curated event featuring the work of emerging dance film artists!