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Khecari presents MARGINALIA

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3111 N. Western Ave

Chicago, IL 60618

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MARGINALIA is two female bodies enmeshed in intimate impetuosity, demarginalizing themselves in theatrical space.

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Seemingly instinctive, it's alive with the drama of inwardness...Restless, inventive…Khecari, one of Chicago’s most innovative dance groups.”

“Thoughtful, beautifully crafted… a radical experiment in theater”

- The Chicago Tribune

Just lovely movement” - WBEZ

MARGINALIA is two female bodies, intimate, impetuous. A scribbled commentary on the official text of subjectification and objectification, sexualization and desexualization, demonization and domestication. Two women lift, work, sweat, and touch. Claiming the nuanced complexity of female rapport. Things that happen every day. Tiny revolts, unseen, unrecorded. Or a revolt upheld and enlarged by each witness.

MARGINALIA is committed to somatic equality. Valuing the impulses of cells and fluids as highly as the nervous system. Putting the human creature on equal footing with the socialized person. An experiential metaphor. If we would have equity between all elements of society can we start with equally valuing all aspects of the body?

The scrawl of marginalia

Centralize the marginal

The body inherently political

Women’s bodies a political battleground

A body is not a battleground

A body is a person

Program Notes:

Choreography - Julia Antonick & Jonathan Meyer

Dance Performance - Amanda Maraist & Kara Brody

Music Composition - Joe St.Charles

Violin - Beltran DelCampo

Costume Design - Jeff Hancock

Lighting Design - Jonathan Meyer

Stage Management and Documentation - Luke Virgilio

Operations Management - Cristina Tadeo

Marketing - Amanda Maraist

Understudy - Chih-Hsien (Joan) Lin

Company Bio / Info:

Khecari supports the artistic inquiry of choreographers Julia Rae Antonick and Jonathan Meyer and presents the work they create in collaboration with artists in dance, music, design, and other media, to offer live performed art that challenges, engages, and focuses. Khecari advocates for the essential role of art within society, of dance within the arts, and of all artists working within the dance ecosystem.

Artists & Staff Bios:

Amanda Maraist is a movement deviser, improviser + performer from the Texas Gulf Coast. She performs in Chicago with Khecari, and also acts as an operations assistant for the company. She also performs in various other collaborative processes with local musicians and collaborators. Her personal work aims to incite coincidences + accidents, nostalgia, irreverence, and a sense of place through authentic movement. She is currently in research with Kara Brody (dancer) and Chrissy Martin (musician) on a long-form improvised work surrounding what it looks and feels like to be at home with another body, titled Burrow, tousle.

Kara Brody is a native of Detroit, Michigan and received her BFA in dance from Wayne State University. She joined Khecari in 2016 for her first project with Jonathan Meyer and Julia Rae Antonick. Kara is in her 4th season with Lucky Plush Productions under the direction of Julia Rhoads. She is a recurring member with The Cambrians for their annual Chicago Dances showcase, and has performed works by Kevin Iega Jeff, Shannon Alvis, and Alice Klock. Brody teaches in Chicago and throughout the Midwest. She has been on faculty at Visceral Dance, Dovetail Studios, The Cambrians' Winter and Summer intensives, Brighton Dance Festival, and The Actors Gymnasium. She guest teaches at University of Chicago and regularly teaches company and master classes for Lucky Plush Productions.

Joe St.Charles is a percussion 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, The Arts Club of Chicago 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. He has been a guest accompanist working with students through the dance department of Columbia College, a resident artist at The LaSalle Language Academy, a guest composer/performer at The Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids Michigan, and has received grants from the City of Chicago and the Reva and David Logan Foundation. He has worked in close collaboration with choreographers Julia Rae Antonick and Jonathan Meyer for over a decade as well as collaborating with many other Chicago artists. Joe creates percussion recordings under the name Owleater and teaches students both young and old at Flatt’s and Sharpe Music on Chicago’s north side.

Julia Rae Antonick is a contemporary choreographer and dancer whose movement reflects a digestion of contemporary, modern and classical dance forms from American, European and Indonesian roots. Her choreography emphasizes the creation of worlds the audience can enter, disrupting ingrained patterns of attention and reawakening a viewer to a language of kinetics, filigree and somatically informed partnering work. Julia has been immersed in an ongoing collaboration with Jonathan Meyer and Joe St.Charles for over a decade. With Meyer, she has served as Artistic/Executive Director for Khecari since 2010. Julia graduated from the Chicago Academy for the Arts with the Dance Department’s Award of Excellence and received her BFA in dance from CalArts. Antonick has been awarded choreographic residencies at Djerassi, Ragdale, Hambidge, Links Hall, The Chicago Cultural Center, was chosen for NEFA’s Regional Dance Development Initiative, Links Hall’s Touring project, Mordine & Co.’s Emerging Artist Program, Korespoondance’s Fillimit and presentation in the 40th anniversary season at The Dance Center of Columbia College. She has received grants from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Illinois Arts Council, The Chicago Seminar on Dance and Performance, Driehaus, Donnelley, Cheney and Logan foundations, was awarded the Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Grant for 2010, has been one of NewCity’s best choreographers and top 50 players and is currently a nominee for the 3Arts award. Julia has been a mentor/outside eye for Links Hall’s LinkUp and CoMission residencies, taught at Hubbard Street’s Lou Conte Dance Studios and Columbia College, and is an artist in residence at Indian Boundary Cultural Center and Revere Auditorium in Chicago through Khecari and the Arts Partners in Residence program.

Somatically driven, Jonathan Meyer works to develop an idiosyncratic movement palette blurring grace and awkwardness, building strange lands that can delight, baffle, and open new possibilities. A gymnast in high school, Jonathan Meyer discovered dance at Oberlin College where he studied release technique and critical theory with Nusha Martynuk and Ann Cooper Albright. After a capoeira immersion in Brazil with Maestre Medicina, he returned to college to receive an undergraduate degree in dance from UNC Greensboro. Meyer has danced for The High Risk Group, Pierre-Paul Savoie, Asimina Chremos, and The Seldoms. In addition to dance, Meyer has worked with at-risk youth in wilderness therapy programs in Utah teaching primitive skills, and is a Certified Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering®. In 2002 Meyer founded Khecari in Taos, New Mexico. In 2006, Meyer moved Khecari to Chicago, and shortly thereafter he began his intensive collaboration and partnership with Julia Rae Antonick, with whom he runs the company. Through Khecari, Meyer and Antonick create and present their own work, in addition to choreographing collaboratively. Meyer has been a CDF Lab Artist and an artist in residence at Djerassi, Ragdale, and Hambidge and through Links Hall and The Chicago Cultural Center.

Jeff Hancock designs and constructs movement and costumes, examines their overlap and sometimes mutual influence. Since 1990, throughout his years dancing for River North, Hubbard Street, Same Planet, MadShak and many others, his dance and design life collided, supported and informed each other. The study of movement and curiosity about the semiotics of clothing has fueled a long history of aesthetic exploration ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, minimalism to excess. Recent projects include 25th Anniversary Dance For Life Finale - Choreographer Randy Duncan, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project - Jimmie Blues, Walkabout Theater - the cure, Curmudgeon Productions - Fantasmagorie, Khecari - The Cronus Land, Lucky Plush - Super Strip, Parsons Dance Co. - Train. He was a founding member of River North Dance Chicago, danced for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Dance Kaleidoscope, and Same Planet Different World Dance Theater, where he was a Co-Artistic Director. Recent choreography includes Rid of Them - a collaboration with Molly Shanahan/MadShak, ellipsis NU Danceworks - The Great Gatsby and Grapes of Wrath NU, Impolite Society at The Kennedy Center. He has created work for River North Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Repertory Ensemble, Columbia College, Northwestern University, Paramount Theatre, the Edinburgh Festival, Same Planet, The Dance COLEctive, Pegasus Players, and Ohio Northern University among others. His company -ish design was formed in 2007. He was nominated for a McCormick Distinguished Lecturer Award, Ruth Page Awards for his dancing and choreography, and is an Illinois Arts Council grant recipient.

Chih-Hsien Lin is a native of Taiwan, a mover, thinker, wanderer, and a Movement Pattern Analyst. Chih-Hsien has been with Khecari since 2013, working intently with the company in their in-depth artistic and sociological inquiries. Chih-Hsien’s movement language reflects a rich cultural bearing from traditional Chinese ethnic dances and martial arts to a vast array of somatic integrations such as contact improvisation, Alexander Technique, Bartenieff Fundamentals, and the Feldenkrais Method. She creates circular worlds of kinesthesia, juxtaposition, and reflection, elucidating the subtlety, complexity, and fluidity of living. Chih-Hsien has been a Links Hall resident, a Thawalls performing artist, Moving Dialogs panelist, adjunct at Cornell College and The University of Iowa, and has performed with Chicago Moving Company, Mid-to-West Dance Collective, Synapse Arts, Project Bound, WC Dance Company (Taiwan), 30 Dance Theatre (Taiwan), Kate Corby & Dancers, Bodies in Urban Spaces, Amsterdam-Berlin-Chicago project, and The Inconvenience. Most recently, Chih-Hsien dove into a series of emotional and inclusive inquiries through movement solo work and collaborations with her partner Ben Law, with the support of a Ragdale Foundation 18-day intensive residency in summer 2018. In addition to her dance endeavors, she works as a dance/movement therapist, EMDR therapist, and licensed professional counselor for a diverse set of populations.

Cristina Tadeo is an Albuquerque-based dance artist and arts administrator interested in the intersection of performance, environment, visual design and documentary. She has performed with various independent artists in many venues across Chicago, and her choreographic work has been awarded grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the City of Chicago DCASE, and 3Arts' Project Program. Cristina was a 2019 artist in residence at PLAYA in Summer Lake, Oregon. For 11 years, Cristina has supported a multitude of artists and organizations across Chicago, including collaborations in graphic design, video documentation, project management, development and administrative support. She has served as the Program Associate at Dance for Life since 2017, and first began working with Khecari in 2015 for performances of The Cronus Land. Tadeo holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dancemaking from the Dance Center of Columbia College.

Luke Virgilio is a producer, choreographer, dancer and performance artist who uses movement analysis as a means of exploring trends within human behavior and the concept of ‘queerness.’ Luke works in their administrative and creative endeavors to form connections between different mediums of art in order to create a full enveloping experience for the mind and body, constantly challenging what we perceive and process about ourselves and our surroundings. Luke has worked administratively with Links Hall, Florida State University School of Dance, Walkabout Theatre Company, and Level Dance Company (Florida). Luke is the founder of Blue Fire Dance Collective and the Trapping Butterflies Project, a community arts initiative that travels the country raising awareness about domestic violence through the movement-based exploration of true stories from survivors, victims, and loved ones. This initiative also provides resources to victims and loved ones, such as Ashley’s Safe Pack ®, and raises funds for local shelters. Luke also performs with Joel Hall Dancers, trains/performs as a circus artist, and teaches a series of non-binary movement classes throughout Chicago.

Sponsored / Funded By:

MARGINALIA has been developed with funding from The Morrison-Shearer Foundation, The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, The Reva & David Logan Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Ginger Farley Charitable Fund, The Illinois Arts Council Agency, DCASE and many generous individuals. In 2019, Khecari is additionally supported by The Chicago Community Trust / SMART Growth. Khecari is an Arts Partner with the Chicago Park District, in residence at Indian Boundary and Revere Parks and has also received residency support to develop Marginalia through The Ragdale Foundation, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, The Hambidge Center, Cultivator and The John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

Special thanks to our many monthly donors and project support donors: https://www.khecari.org/supporters/.

Photo of Kara Brody and Amanda Maraist by Chien-An Yuan

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