The series the Chicago Tribune said “ups the cultural ante considerably,” is known for offering some of the theater’s most provocative and innovative work, at a time of day that makes it one of the most accessible and engaging performance series yet.
Choreographer Brian Brooks will create a new evening-length performance work for eight dancers with live piano accompaniment. The production will premiere in January 2018 at The Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago and be presented in New York City in March 2018.
The new work will explore reversing energy flow, returning to points of origin, and methodically unraveling tightly regimented systems. Brooks and his collaborators will determine how the act of “undoing” is manifested physically and psychologically through movement. They will attempt to trace actions back to their original inception, as if in a perpetual state of rewind. A pianist will join the dancers on stage to perform an unusual and atmospheric arrangement of selected Mazurkas composed by Chopin, and Brooks will design a visual installation to augment the work’s themes. Frequent collaborators Joe Levasseur and Karen Young will design lighting and costumes. In developing the work, the company will aspire to reveal essential truths about the human body and mind.
Beginning at 6pm, this series sees renowned companies performing high energy, fast-paced, one-hour programs after work and opportunities for audiences to engage with featured performers.