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Bipolar Bitch

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LABYRINTH PROJECTS and SWEETBACK PRODUCTIONS invites the audience on a wild ride through mania with their new show BiPoLaR BitCH
All cast members come with a diagnosis of bipolar or bipolar related issues. The cast explores the voyage of bipolar symptoms delving into Jungian spirituality and archtypes, while suffering the side effects of psychotropic sedation. The show stars the incredibly talented singer and composer, Violet, who draws us into the experience with her soulful and haunting music.

Conceived, produced & directed by Kelly Anchors
Choreography and costumes by Diane Hamm (with Robert Puig)
Music by Violet

Eight performances:
Saturdays
April 13, 20, 27
May 11, 18, 25th
And June 1st & 8th

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MAY 2019

The birds are chirping, they seriously want to DO IT!!! Join the Haus of Bad Taste in reminding them, their urges are seriously UNCOOTH! Our springtime review will have you aching for a crop top.

Featuring: John Michael, Sheffield Belmont, Dinah Smokeup, Siomai Moore and Green Envy

Your beloved Haus members: Chazie Bly, Jean Wildest, Clitora Leigh and Florence Ofalabia.

Special guest appearance from our Lord and Savior

And of course, your host/hostess MO LESS

Tickets $15 online, $20 at the door, on sale now:

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NOOK

JUNE 2019


dropshift dance PRESENTS: “NOOK”

at The Charnel House

CHICAGO- dropshift dance, celebrating its 9thAnniversary Season in 2019 and praised for creating work which is “…playful and alluring” (Art Intercepts, Chicago) and “…an ingenious offering…” (Laura Molzahn, The Chicago Tribune) premiere, “NOOK”, evening-length culmination of dance work, At Our Edges, offering audiences dance, dance film, and participatory-guided physical experience. “NOOK”marks the culmination of 18 months of creative studio and performative research.  Cerniglia’s, At Our Edges, in its third phase of development, explores an adaptable physical state and our connection to the natural world and its processes of life and death.  Cerniglia’s research acknowledges existence and the absence of – centering around a community of movers that work to preserve the value that each body brings to the space.  Movement vocabulary borrows from tasks of preparation and physical ritual- corporeal manifestations explore internal darkness, thorough freedom/release, and a pursuit of refuge, comfort, and solace. 

“NOOK” Premieres at The Charnel House,

June 21-23, 2019 Friday/Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 7pm.

The Charnel House was once used as a funeral chapel, and functions now as a multi-arts center.  Its cozy/intimate design, architecture, and history as a gathering space will allow us to create a communal space for viewers and performers.

When:

Friday.              June 21, 7:30pm   

Saturday.           June 22, 7:30pm   

Sunday.             June 23, 7:00pm                      

Where:          The Charnel House 

Tickets:  $16-$28

     LINK:  https://www.artful.ly/store/events/17624 

space is Limited. $16: open access tickets, $20: flexible seating, $24: pre-sale general admission, $28: general admission at the door

Program: Dance

At Our Edges, Directed by Andrea Cerniglia     

Movement creation in collaboration with dancers     Featuring:         Andrea Cerniglia with Monica Carrow, Christina Chammas, Alexandra Naranjo,  & Bonnie Christine Willis Original Composition: Luke Gullickson  Costume:Collin Bunting Lighting Design: Richard Norwood  Film.  Lustre:  Dance film vignettes conceived by Nadia Oussenko, inspired by At Our Edges

At Our Edges, unpacks our physical manifestations of loss and disruption. We examine how the initiations and pathways in the body and its physicality respond to abrupt change, impeding energetic shifts, and barrages of overwhelming stimuli.  Dancers examine energetic tensions and relationships between bodies, while carrying, caring, and manipulating those around them.  The work ruminates on existence and the absence of, while centering around a community of movers that work in unison, in pairings, and as a community to preserve the value that each body brings to the space.  Long time collaborators of dropshift contribute to the work.  Luke Gullickson composes an original score, Collin Bunting designs costume and textile pieces, and Richard Norwood acts as lighting designer and technical director. Nadia Oussenko’s dance film,Lustre, is inspired by the physical content of At Our Edges, and offers audiences a series of film vignettes rich with natural images and narratives that connect our existence to the natural world and its elements. 

dropshift danceis a provocative, inquisitive and authoritative investigator of movement. Conceived through a collaborative incubation laboratory of movement, sound, and visual installation, the work engages audience with dialogue, choice and experimental practice. The company works through a rigorous process of studio investigation to create work that energizes the space and creates an alternate world for the performer and viewer.  dropshift was founded in 2009 by Chicago based artist Andrea Cerniglia as a movement project dedicated to a collaborative and investigative studio practice and pushing boundaries of the art form in performance. The company mines abstract concepts that dissect societal structure, dynamics, and events that surround and impact us.  Collaboration extends beyond dance into the realm of film, visual art and installation piece, and musical composition.  This multi-disciplinary approach engages audience in a visual, aural, and human experience in order to move audience towards a transformative experience.This project is partially supported by funding from The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council Agency, an Individual Artist Support grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as many generous contributions from individual donors.

For Reservation Information call dropshift dance at 978-317-5577Or visit www.dropshiftdance.com

             

Easter 2019!!!!

Join the Conspirators for the Jesus Christ-Do-It-Yourself-Messiah Complex! A multi disciplinary gathering of artists and enthusiasts enjoying and paying tribute to the ALBUM version of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

The album tracks will be performed in ORDER through the evening. Part salon, part vaudeville, part sing-along, the JCSDYIMC is fast becoming an alt-Easter tradition!

Reservations recommended via email: witness@conspirewithus.org

This year’s participants include

Saint Sparklebear (Aiden,) Cryptid Kid (Lorca,) Clamour & Lace Noise Brigade, Owen Owens, Jennifer Mahoney, Kevin and Sam Theis, Maddi Keaton, Erica Blanco, Cocktail Jordan and Pearly White (shout out to the Vaudettes,) Kate Vargulich, Richard Motyka -Devine Comedy

Emcee : Wm Bullion

Opening Saturday!!!

A new 2-act play with live music featuring an artistically diverse cast of musicians, improvisers, and performance artists. Tavis, a journalist from Chicago working for ONLINE Magazine, is sent to the small, mysterious town of Fairfield at the behest of his editor, David (who had witnessed a freaky domestic ritual there after his car broke down) to get a pulpy scoop for a story under the guise of doing a piece on the ‘Hammer Boys’- Fairfield’s most destructive DIY noise band. Soon Tavis meets Delia, Fairfield’s witchy town gardener, at a concert at the town’s eccentric co-op, and is taken into her confidence. She eventually shows him the secret at the heart of Fairfield, and they fall into a trippy romance. Things quickly unravel, however, when Delia discovers Tavis’ true intentions and David decides to cash in on Fairfield’s prefab authenticity and move the magazine’s headquarters there, all but ensuring the destruction of what makes the town special. Written by Bret Koontz, Directed by Zach Hebert Featuring: Zohair Hussein, Emme Williams, Tim Makowski, Sarah Quillin, Doug Malone, Alex Babbitt, Havadine Stone, Dave Bisson, Elizabeth Hartwig, Ethan Walles, and Travis.

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The Charnel House

3421 W. Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647

We are a hidden gem in Logan Square. A former funeral home turned muti-arts venue, available for rent for theatre, dance, music, private parties, corporate events and more!

Upcoming 2019

MO LESS presents BAD TASTE -every other month at The Charnel House, next show
March 6th 8:30pm
May 8:30pm
The filthiest show in Chicago featuring Chicago’s most daring performers! An original variety show featuring burlesque, drag, stand up comedy, clowning and more!

The seance

Friday, March 15th 8pm

A ‘spook-house’ show for the smart set; The Seance is an original stage show that recreates an authentic Victorian-era seance. 
We will investigate the history of the seance, tell stories of the participants and demonstrate the exact techniques used by psychics and mediums who claimed to contact the dead.
Tonight, you will learn exactly how a seance was performed in a theatrical environment

Fairfield is beautiful

A new play written by Zach Herbert, directed by Bret Koontz

Saturdays, March 23rd & 30th at 8pm

Sundays, March 24th & 31st at 5pm

Bipolar Bitch

SWEETBACK PRODUCTIONS invites the audience on a wild ride through mania with their new show BiPoLaR BitCH
All cast members come with a diagnosis of bipolar or bipolar related issues. The cast explores the voyage of bipolar symptoms delving into Jungian spirituality and archtypes, while suffering the side effects of psychotropic sedation. The show stars the incredibly talented singer and composer, Violet, who draws us into the experience with her soulful and haunting music.

Conceived, produced & directed by Kelly Anchors
Choreography and costumes by Diane Hamm (with Robert Puig)
Music by Violet

Eight performances:
Saturdays
April 13, 20, 27
May 11, 18, 25th
And June 1st & 8th

BYOT -Bring Your Own Theatre

Once a month! Plays written, rehearsed and performed all in one day. Next show

Saturday, April 6th 8pm