Khecari Dance Company: Orders From the Horse
Friday, August 21, 2015 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (CDT)
Orders From the Horse
KHECARI DANCE COMPANY
Khecari Dance Company is a Chicago-based contemporary dance company whose original, movement-based works are notable for their power, idiosyncrasy, and resonance. On August 21, Khecari Dance Company will present their newest work-in-progress—Orders from the Horse—an immersive, site-specific dance performance that will activate multiple rooms in the Graham Foundation’s turn-of-the-century Madlener House. Crafting different environments to frame various perceptual states, dancers will negotiate a landscape pocked with dips, rises, and eddies; falling in, through, or past each other’s wake as they move. Orders From The Horse will be performed by artistic directors Julia Antonick and Jonathon Meyer, with Lighting Design by Rachel K. Levy, and percussion by Joe St. Charles.
Julia Antonick, Khecari’s co-artistic director since 2010, is a dancer and choreographer whose work emphasizes kinetics, filigree, and partnering work. Since 2007, she has been immersed in an ongoing collaboration with her partner Jonathan Meyer, an ongoing investigation of duet-based movement forms. Antonick graduated from the Chicago Academy for the Arts with the Dance Department’s Award of Excellence, and received her BFA in dance from CalArts. She has received choreographic residencies at Djerassi, Ragdale, Links Hall (LinkUp), the Chicago Cultural Center (DanceBridge), and the Storefront Theater. She has received grants from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Illinois Arts Council, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Chicago Seminar on Dance and Performance, The Weasel Fund, Community Arts Assistance Program, and was awarded the Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Grant for 2009/2010.
Jonathan Meyer is Co-Artistic Director of Khecari. A gymnast in high school, Meyer discovered dance at Oberlin College in 1990. After a capoeira immersion in Brazil with Maestre Medicina, he returned to college to receive an undergraduate degree in dance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Jonathan has spent time in Montreal, Utah, Amsterdam, and New York, alternating between the dance world and work with at-risk youth in wilderness therapy programs. In 2002, he founded Khecari in Taos, New Mexico, before relocating to Chicago in 2006. Shortly thereafter he began an intensive collaboration and partnership with Julia Rae Antonick, with whom he currently runs the company. Meyer has been a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist, an artist in residence at Djerassi and Ragdale Foundations and through LinkUp and DanceBridge in Chicago, and has received support from the Illinois Arts Council and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
Rachel K. Levy is lighting designer for Khecari. Levy’s work has been seen on actors, dancers, musicians, and other performers throughout the US. Highlights include: Piedra de Sol (Getty Villa, Los Angeles, CA); LA Grand Ensemble (Los Angles, CA); Vitality (Dance Alliance, Los Angeles, CA); Beware (Bootleg Theatre, Los Angeles, CA); Patty: The Revival (Highway Theatre, Santa Monica, CA); Antiman, Where’s My Money (Michele Lonsdale Smith Productions, Los Angeles, CA); and Unroute (Michaelopolous Studio, New Orleans, LA). Additionally, Rachel has received two Primetime Emmy Award Certificates for Best Lighting for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Show (So You Think You Can Dance 2011, 2012), and holds an MFA in Production and Design from California Institute of the Arts and a BFA in Dance from Tulane University.
Joe St. Charles is a percussion composer, performer, improviser and teacher who has been working in Chicago since 2001. He has performed at various galleries, music venues, festivals, and institutions throughout the city including The Chicago Cultural Center, Links Hall, Pritzker Pavilion, Curtiss Hall, The Museum of Contemporary Art and the Ruth Page Center for Dance as well as commissioned performances at The University of Chicago and The Dance Center at Columbia College Chicago. Joe also releases percussion recordings under the name Owleater, and teaches students both young and old on Chicago’s north side.
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Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.