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Victoria Bradford
biography

Victoria Bradford is the Artistic and Executive Director of A House Unbuilt. Her work with A House Unbuilt primarily takes the form of social choreography, using language from performance, video, and installation, among other non-art disciplines. She studied visual arts, anthropology, and theology at the University of Notre Dame (BFA) and visual arts and performance and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA). Influence on her work as an artist also comes from her upbringing in community theaters, classical dance, and voice lessons. She lives in Chicago, IL and continues to cultivate projects in her home state of Louisiana... READ MORE

 
 

A House Unbuilt
mission

A House Unbuilt (AHU) uses movement and the body to engage and investigate the social fabric of rooted communities. Drawing on vocabulary from dance, sport, regiment, and everyday life, A House Unbuilt seeks to un-build the learned architecture of the body to reveal the insights and knowledge housed only there...  READ MORE

 

 
 

Origin Story

In the summer of 2006, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita devastated coastal Louisiana. Houses were unbuilt, homes evacuated, people escaped. Having just purchased her first home in the area months prior to the storms, Victoria Bradford reacted as many did—clinging to family and friends, taking care of each other, recovering, rebuilding. Through all the madness that ensued, however, Victoria was learning something about her community that had never been so apparent until this tragedy. She felt called to participate in the vitality and quality of life that renews spirits and builds purpose... READ MORE

 
 

A RELAY OF VOICES COLLABORATORS:
ANGELA GRONROOS
KARA JEFTS
LISA LESZCZEWICZ
CAITLIN RAFFERTY
DINAH BRADFORD
NIC RULEY (Board President)
JAMES PIKE (Board secretary)

NEIGHBORHOOD DANCES COLLABORATORS:
TODD MATTEI
RYAN PACKARD
AURORA TABAR
XINQI TAO
CONTRIBUTERS/DANCERS: @MOONSALLYTINSPOON, @CRISPENROSENKRANZ, @SOPHIADELEONSANCHEZ, @C_RAFFERTY, @UGHAMY, @VIOLETRED7, @KBURZON, @CAITHLINDEMARRAIS, @CHRISSLES86, @EMCAESAR, @FIAFIABOBIA, @BOOMERANGDANCE, @CABINFEVERLIVEART, @ROXANNEGRAYDANCE, ET AL.

SKIRTS COLLABORATORS:
JESSICA CORNISH
LIA KOHL
ADDITIONAL PERFORMERS: JOSH SAMUELS, ZACH MOORE, HALEY JENSEN, AND CHERYL CORNACCHIONE NOWLIN

DINNER DANCE COLLABORATORS:
HANNAH BARCO, CO-CREATOR
PARTICIPANTS: ANDREW BARCO, DAVID RUETER, LAUREL FOGLIA, MAYA SHAFFER, ROSS JORDAN, ANNA TRIER, LINDSEY FRENCH, MILAD MOZARI, TREVOR MARTIN, BRENT FOGT, NICO GARDNER, GEORGE KEATING, ROBIN DEACON, MOE BEITIKS, GABE LEVINE, URSULA ANDREEFF, RAPHAELLE ZIEMBA, ANDREW BERMUDEZ, PATRICK CUNNINGHAM, CHRISTINE SHALLENBERG, ALLYSSA MOXLEY, HANNAH VERRILL, STEPHANIE PLENNER, MARISSA LEE BENEDICT, ASHLEY ELLIOTT, LAUREN CORMIER, CHUCK BELLON, TINELLE DINGLER, ELLIOTT ADAMS, DINAH BRADFORD, JOHN BRADFORD, JOSHUA KENT, JESSICA BARDSLEY, SAM HERTZ, LAURA MILLER, BRENDEN ALBANO, NICK PAPALOVA, PETER WEATHERS, DAO NGUYEN, JASON TORRES HANCOCK, RADMILLA OSHASNKY, KRISTINA FELIX IBARRA, ZAC WHITTENBURG, JAKE VOGDS, KEVIN RYAN, ANDI CRIST, CHRISTOPHER KNOWLTON, DARLING, RANDI BOLTON, ALEXANDRA NOE, ET AL.

Keeping Good Company

 
 

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A House Unbuilt
2233 S Throop St
Mana Contemporary, Studio 412
Chicago, IL 60608

victoria@ahouseunbuilt.com
337 794 8222

 

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Some selected accolades

 

Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Award 2017

#neighborhooddances @ Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Merce Cunningham: Common Time, 2017

DCASE Theatre & Dance Residency 2016

High Concept Labs Sponsored Artist 2015

Chicago Artists Month Featured Artist 2015

Chicago Artists Coalition HATCH Resident Artist 2013