Push Pull is both a video installation and a live, short dance work created with artist Faheem Majeed for his exhibit "Planting and Maintaining a Perennial Garden: Shroud". Projected on HPAC's street-facing windows, Push Pull features dancer Damon Green inside the gallery of the historic South Side Community Art Center, bundling and carrying Majeed's graphite rubbing of the historic Bronzeville institution. Artistic Director Carrie Hanson and Majeed, who was Director of SSCAC from 2005-2011, created this short film in response to Majeed's earlier Piano Push, his meditation about the weight of institutional legacy that a director bears.
Hyde Park Art Center
Ongoing installation through July 24
Live performances June 10 and 12
ACE Fellowship for Carrie Hanson
Artistic Director Carrie Hanson is the recipient of an ACE Fellowship hosted by Trillium Arts in Asheville, NC. The fellowship provides Carrie and the ensemble with a 10-day September residency in a beautiful, remote setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains—a rare opportunity to begin concentrated exploration of a new project.
Floe is a dance theater work about climate instability: vanishing polar ice, rising sea levels, extreme weather, forced migration, the tension between denial and evidence, and adaptation and resilience. The performance work, by turns irreverent and elegiac, embodies the fragmentation of our global conversation on climate change as it veers from anti-science conspiracy theories to the very real and urgent impacts of global warming.
Watch on the Art Institute of Chicago's Earth Day 2021 webpage: two new mini-films, Floe scenes re-imagined and captured at Chicago's lakefront in February 2021.
Virtual conversation: "Art and Climate Crisis", hosted by Art Institute of Chicago
Friday, April 23, 12-1pm
GRASS is a multimedia work that weaves together our complex relationships to two kinds of grass: cannabis and turf grass. GRASS posits that these plants aren’t simply a piece of American culture, but produce a type of culture, doing their work on us, just as we work to cultivate these grasses. Performed by four dancer-actors, GRASS lights up the various environmental, social, and economic aspects of these cultivated grasses, and mows down our belief that we grow grasses—rather, they grow us.
Fall Premiere in Chicago—details coming soon!
The Seldoms is a 2020 NDP Finalist Grant Award recipient. Support was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to address sustainability needs during COVID-19 and in support of GRASS.