The Dance Team takes us back to the Dust Bowl with careful and sinuous movement in a full-length work for the Chicago Fringe Festival.
At the end of June, Chicago's The Dance Team, a network of young dance-makers trained at the University of Illinois, was called up off the bench to create a full-length dance for three performances in the second annual Chicago Fringe Festival this September. Thank, Coach! We won't let you down!
This installment of The Dance Team features Emily Braun, Amanda Pesch, Amy Swanson, Lesley Werle, Vienna Willems and special guest artist Laura Chiaramonte, with choreography by Chris Knowlton in collaboration with the rest of the Team.
Expanding on our recent work, "Hub and Spoke" takes us back to the rural Midwest during the Dust Bowl. We kick at the roots of our city in small moments of laboring, community building, celebration and grieving, all driven by chains of cause-and-effect that continue today. Aside from vintage costuming and American folk music, we are incorporating smells, such as coffee and alfalfa, during live performances. Smells have a strong physiological link to memory, and thus to our own personal pasts. The parallels drawn between then and now will explore how the past is the axle that turns the wheel of the future.
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