In her new full-length performance, Marchland – premiering March 12-14 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Theater — choreographer Carrie Hanson merges post-modern dance with visual artist Fraser Taylor’s filmic approach to experimental art. The Chicago choreographer, who heads the multimedia dance company The Seldoms, was drawn to Taylor’s animation work, CREVICE, made by drawing minute marks directly onto 16mm clear film. These inscriptions take on a capricious tone when projected. They reveal an unsettling bombardment of images and terrains.
CREVICE prompted Hanson to create a dance that addressed spatial politics – more specifically, the negotiation and claiming of space. Her title, Marchland, refers to a border region. So she has her dancers moving aggressively in close proximity to each other to foster tension and compromise. This also reflects Taylor’s rapid sequence of tight, flickering and hyperactive images. Through the constant shifting of physical movement and agitated marks on film, both choreographer and visual artist comment on the endless reordering of alliances and territories. Taylor’s set also conveys the vague notion of boundaries: Two distressed walls project horizontally into the audience to blur the lines between viewer and performer.
Performances of Marchland run March 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and March 14 at 3 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art Theater, 220 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets: $20-$25. Call 312-397-4010 or visit www.mcachicago.org. More information: www.theseldoms.org.
Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez inaugurates Chicago’s year-long celebrations of two important Mexico anniversaries: the bicentennial of independence from Spain and the centennial of the Mexican Revolution. The 58-year-old Mexico City-based folkloric dance troupe performs March 13 at 7:30 p.m. and March 14 at 3 p.m. at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Tickets: $30-$65. Call 800-982-2787 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. More information: www.balletamalia.com.
Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago’s spring engagement features revivals of physically intense works by Ron DeJesus, Davis Robertson and Christopher Huggins March 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Drive. Tickets: $15-$60. Call 312-334-7777 or visit www.harristheaterchicago.org. More information: www.giordanodance.org.
Core Project, Jayson Tisa Dance Company, and dancer-choreographer Stefanie Batten Bland premiere TR[I]BES, a contemporary dance performance that asks, “Where do I define place in a new-world perspective on family/relationships/community?” Concert runs March 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St. Tickets: $18-$22. Visit www.coreprojectchicago.org. More information: www.jaysondancecompany.com and www.birdlegs.net.
Art Union Humanscape presents an evening of experimental jazz-based music and dance improvisation March 14 at 7 p.m. at Heaven Gallery, 1550 N. Milwaukee Ave. Tickets: $10. Featured artists: Josh Berman (cornet) and Asimina Chremos; Marc Riordan (drums) and Julia Mayer; and Jason Roebke (double bass) and Ayako Kato. More information: www.artunionhumanscape.net.
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