Experimental dinner parties at which performance workshops and large scale participatory installations are hosted. Through a series of actions, labors, and engagements, guests gather with the artists to share in a choreographed meal. The “dance” is a conversation that happens across tables, through movement, and on every household “stage”—from a kitchen to the front door.
CONCEPT/CHOREOGRAPHY: Victoria Bradford & Hannah Barco
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
DINNER DANCE has looked like a six course meal over six hours with six guests in a private home that’s been transformed to accommodate exploration and folly, not to mention a disorientation from our daily routines. DINNER DANCE has also looked like a three-week residency in a gallery converted into kitchen, dining and living room spaces, where gallery-goers audition for a seat at the table and dinner is on-view for the public. DINNER DANCE has taken over the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, revisiting its atriums, galleries, dining rooms and stairwells as spaces for household activities, as stages to be actived. DINNER DANCE has been customized and crafted for most any site, once cramming “choreographers,” “deviants,” “designers,” into a 14ft Uhaul for a feast during Chicago Artists Month. At DINNER DANCE, the audience become guests, guests become performers, dishwashing becomes a dance, bedrooms become a stage for dancing with headphones and endless playlists, toasts are made and the food finds its way to the table—every guest in an apron ready to fill a charge. At this convivial table, the dinner company is the dance company, and all are able and asked to work. Life is a dance, and we all need a little company.