Chicago Moving Company opens Dance Shelter 2017 on March 2, a two-night engagement bringing unique and daring contemporary and experimental choreography to the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater.
“It’s about people trying new ideas. It’s about risk taking, it’s about audacity in art,” said Chicago Moving Company Manager and Producer Kay LaSota. “It’s great to see things at that point; often they’re at their most powerful and clear.”
The show features work by both company and guest choreographers, including Timothy Buckley, who returns to dance with his first produced piece, “Gravity Falls,” after a 15-year hiatus. Buckley was well known in the New City art scene in the 1980s and 1990s, winning a Bessie Award and celebrated for his physical style.
“[His work is] on the edge of being almost out of control,” LaSota said. “He uses very capable movement artists in his work…very energetic, very on the edge of in-control movement.”
The show also features “Mobius/3” by Saiko Kino and works by two Chicago Moving Company Artists in Residence, Rachel Bunting and Ayako Kato.
“Rachel [is] a movement artist, but her work evokes landscapes—they’re very visual, there’s a lot of imagery in them,” LaSota said. “She’s there creating these worlds for us.”
LaSota said Bunting has been with Chicago Moving Company for about 15 years, creating powerful experiences for audiences through her work. Her piece for the show continues her exploration of working with different media in her choreography and exploring the modern and natural world.
Kato’s piece brings together sound and movement, celebrating coexistence between the two. She has been with the company for 10 years.
“Ayako works a lot with improvisation and collaboration with live music,” LaSota said. “There’s a relationship between the dance and the music…[she] really achieves real beauty.”
While all of the pieces evoke different themes and emotions, each artist depicts a clear sense of his or her voice. As seasoned choreographers, they each work with a certain clarity and direction.
“I hope [the audience members] have this experience, the joy of just something created in front of you,” LaSota said. “At this time of the year, at this time in the country, to have those experiences of joy and excitement are necessary and really valuable.”
Dance Shelter 2017 runs March 2 and March 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater. Tickets are $15 and available here. Tickets may also be available at the door.