Escapes and Reversals

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Escapes & Reversals is a performance for five dancers that looks at relationships between digital movement constructed for screens and exertion by live, gravity-bound bodies. The choreography is inspired by training drills, animals’ predator avoidance strategies, and the dancers’ personal reflections about how and when they protect or make themselves socially available. These actions seem cartoon-like one minute, and utterly life-or-death, the next. The performance wrestles with behaviors and technologies that negotiate visibility and access in times of increasing surveillance, targeted advertising, drone warfare, and self-branding through social media, and recognizes, in the midst of all of this, that human efforts to speak back to systems of power are nothing less than revolutionary. Made with and performed by Maddie Kodat, Joseph Kramer, Zachary Nichol, Naoki Nakatani, Harlan Rosen and Christine Shallenberg, with support from the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University, High Concept Labs, the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the National Center for Choreography - Akron, and Pivot Arts, and is presented by the In>Time festival.


Ginger Krebs makes objects and performances that address the vulnerability of bodies in the face of violence by remote or invisible actors, on the one hand, and the seductive mirages promoted by advertising, on the other. Her work has been presented work recently in Chicago at The Arts Club of Chicago, the Chicago Artists Coalition, the Storefront Theater, the Hyde Park Art Center, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Performance and Contemporary Practices at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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