presented by blushing poppy productions and defibrillator
a showcase of performance art from coast to middle, featuring PAIGE STARLING SORVILLO, GINGER KREBS and RACHEL BUNTING and THE HUMANS: RACHEL BUNTING, PRECIOUS JENNINGS, KARLA BELETCHKO, KELLY LANE, MATTHEW MCMUNN
review from OUR URBAN TIMES
“in apt’ / this wasn’t a natural disaster” addresses pornograp PAIGE STARLING SORVILLO hybrid, presence, and the objectification of other. this BLINDSIGHT collaboration between composer EVELYN FICARRA (us/uk) and choreographer PAIGE STARLING SORVILLO (san francisco) confronts consumption and in/appropriateness. experimental/non-traditional music and image/text-based ideas are bound together with BUTOH choreography. in the creation of hybrid methodologies for improvising compositions and choreographies, their sources come from languages and methods of visual scoring. the ‘in apt’ score of 9 simple instructions is co-written and co-performed by the collaborating artists. for chicago’s performance FICARRA will play her score “IN PARIS” – SORVILLO and the audience will hear this work for the first time.
BLINDSIGHT artistic director PAIGE STARLING SORVILLO is a choreographer and improvising performing artist based in san francisco and berlin. SORVILLO’S works are impulsed by specific images and/or obstructions, fragments of text, and emotional/physical states while her performative dialect is deeply influenced by her work in JAPANESE BUTOH dance, RUTH ZAPORAH’S ACTION THEATER and western contemporary dance. SORVILLO has been honored to work with BUTOH artists MINAKO SEKI, YUKO KASEKI and SHINICHI IOVA-KOGA, as well as to study with artists including, SU-EN and YUMIKO YOSHIOKA and many others. SORVILLO and her company BLINDSIGHT have been presented in NEW YORK, BOSTON, GERMANY and the CZECH REPUBLIC. Photos by IAN WINTERS
RACHEL BUNTING presents “paper shoes” – a piece for six dancers that will ultimately become an evening-length work exploring themes of passage – and, of course, the inevitable end. this particular section makes use of a chorus of horses. aimed at physicalizing nostalgia these horses signify escape, like in a fairy tale. performers: RACHEL BUNTING, PRECIOUS JENNINGS, KARLA BELTCHENKO, MATTHEW MCMUNN, KELLY KANE with costumes by COLLIN BUNTING and set pieces by MARK BAZANT.
RACHEL BUNTING has formed a company called THE HUMANS. they are housed at the hamlin park fieldhouse where rachel has been an artist-In-residence since 2004. rachel has been granted three consecutive illinois arts council grants. she was also awarded an artist initiative award from the illinois arts council. this year she was chosen as a chicago dancemakers forum lab artist. she currently teaches at columbia college where she has been an adjunct faculty member since 2004. photo by mark bazant.
“our little secret” by GINGER KREBS is a BUTOH solo that explores gendered expectations about passivity and taking action. says ginger about her work, “ i am fascinated by the human longing for transcendence, and the beauty, humor, and heartache that result from our diverse and tireless efforts to achieve it.”
GINGER KREBS is a CHICAGO-based artist and has presented work locally at links hall, epiphany episcopal church, the cultural center, the hyde park art center and the dance center of columbia college, and in new york at movement research and the wild project. KREBS is an adjunct assistant professor at the SCHOOL of the ART INSTITUTE of CHICAGO, where she teaches performance.