Spearheaded and directed by Chicago-based, Princess Grace Foundation-USA award winning choreographer, Robyn Mineko Williams, the Undercover Episodes is an innovative, chameleon-like performance series blending together dance, a live original soundtrack and a perspective-enhancing palette of lightscapes. Williams brings together a creatively diverse team of artists: composer-musicians Robert F. Haynes and Tony Lazzara of Chicago band Verger, Brooklyn-based lighting designer Burke Brown, and Minneapolis graphic designer and art director Jt Williams.
Set in a range of intimate and somewhat immersive environments, the Undercover Episodes are uniquely built to offer its audiences choice of perspective - various options in which to view the performance’s action, engaging them in a less conventional, more visceral theatre experience. The concept for the new work is in part inspired by varying scales of extroversion vs. introversion. “I’ve long been curious about our various instinctual levels of comfort in showing and communicating thought, emotion, and ideas to others in both familiar and unfamiliar settings. I often question my own comfort levels in this way, both professionally and personally, and how I tend to relate and respond,” Williams explains. “I’m fascinated to observe others' experiences and choices and to consider the multitude of layers in which we have to play with in the act of revealing ourselves.”
002b: The violet hour
OCTOBER 10, 2016
THE VIOLET HOUR, CHICAGO
DANCERS: ADRIENNE LIPSON, ELLIOT HAMMANS
MAY 26, 27, 28 & 29, 2016 - FOUR SOLD OUT PERFORMANCES
DANCERS: ZACHARY ENQUIST, ELLIOT HAMMANS, ADRIENNE LIPSON
001: NYC/WORK IN PROGRESS
MAY 11-22, 2015
BARYSHNIKOV ARTS CENTER
DANCERS: ADRIENNE LIPSON, ISAAC SPENCER
Robyn mineko williams
Adrienne Lipson is a contemporary dancer living and working in Chicago, IL. Born in London, Ontario, Lipson began dancing at the age of six under the tutelage of Jennifer Swan and continued on with her formal studies at Ryerson University. During her time in Toronto, Lipson was a founding member of Rock Bottom Movement, an interdisciplinary performance company spearheaded by Alyssa Martin, and supplemented her training with summers at Hubbard Street, Jacob’s Pillow, and Springboard Dance Montreal, amongst others. Upon her graduation in 2013, Lipson moved to Chicago to passionately pursue a career in dance as an apprentice with Hubbard Street 2, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s second company. There she helped create works with emerging choreographers as well as making her own work for Hubbard Street’s Inside/Out choreographic workshop. For the next two years Adrienne continued to dance as a company member for Hubbard Street 2, performing internationally as well as guesting with the main company. In August of 2016, Adrienne joined the main company of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, where she currently dances. Outside of her activity with Hubbard Street, Adrienne has had the pleasure of working with choreographer Penny Saunders in a piece for the company SFDanceworks, and with Robyn Mineko Williams on her development of the Undercover Episodes series.
Elliot Hammans (Santa Fe, NM) began his formal dance training in 2008 with Robert Sher-Machherndl and continued his ballet and modern dance education with Moving People Dance in Santa Fe, NM, under the direction of Curtis Uhlemann. Hammans joined Moving People Dance Company as an apprentice in 2010, trained on full scholarship at the Alonzo King LINES Dance Center in San Francisco, and attended Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s 2011 and 2012 Summer Intensives. Following studies abroad at Austria’s Tanzzentrum SEAD, Hammans earned his BFA in Dance in 2014 from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Hammans joined Hubbard Street 2 in August 2014 and was promoted to Hubbard Street’s main company in August 2016.
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Projection design/art direction:
Isaac Spencer (*1982) is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer living in Dresden since 2014. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Juilliard School in New York City in 2004. He was a member of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (2004-2006), Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm (2006-2012), and Göteborgs Operans Danskompani (2013-2014). He created and danced in works by Mats Ek, Johan Inger, Benoit Lachambre, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Crystal Pite, William Forsythe, Richard Siegal, Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian and others, touring North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
As a freelance artist he collaborates with Rachel Tess (SE/US), Sebastian Matthias (DE), Barbara Schmidt-Rohr (DE), Tino Sehgal (DE), Moritz Ostruschnjak (DE) and others. He has received merit-based funding from the Princess Grace Foundation USA and the Swedish Arts Council.
Isaac is a member of the artistic panel of the Milvus Artistic Research Center in Sweden and the Villa Wigman e.V. in Dresden. He is a guest teacher of dance and improvisation in Scandinavia, Germany, Switzerland and the USA.
Oscar Ramos comes from Cidra, Puerto Rico where he began his training at the conservatory of Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, later beginning his professional career with the company in 2000. In 2002 Ramos was awarded Ballet Dancer of the Year for his work with the company. In 2003, Ramos moved to New York City to train at the Ailey School Fellowship under Denise Jefferson and Francisco Martinez. From 2004 to 2006, Ramos danced for Hubbard Street 2 under the direction of Julie Nakagawa dancing works by Robert Battle, Edwaard Liang, Christian Spuck, and Alex Ketley. In 2007, Ramos joined Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in New York City creating original works with internationally acclaimed choreographers such as Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Crystal Pite, Hofesh Schecter, Jacopo Godani, Alexander Ekman, and Stijn Celis. He also appeared with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in the 2011 Hollywood Motion Picture The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. In 2012, Ramos joined the world renowned Batsheva Dance Company under the direction of Ohad Naharin. Throughout his time with Batsheva, Ramos participated in Naharin's latest original creations The Hole and Last Work. Teaching and choreographing internationally, Ramos pulls from his diverse experiences; culminating in a fusion of styles from ballet and jazz, to gaga, Ohad Naharin's original
movement language. Ramos continues to share his movement experiences creating works for schools and companies world wide. In 2016 he worked with Aszure Barton & Artists and Robyn Mineko Williams' Undercover Episodes. At the moment Ramos is a guest artist at the Royal Ballet Flanders in Belgium under the direction of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
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"NEW PIECE USE LIGHT AND COLOR TO EXPLORE INTROVERSION AND EXTROVERSION"
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EPISODE 003: A FILM --- In production
Episode 003: A Film welcomes two vital additions to the working collective of past Undercover creators. We are fortunate to highlight the artistry of both world-renowned dancer, Oscar Ramos, formerly of Batsheva Dance Company, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and Hubbard Street 2, and filmmaker, musician and visual artist, Tim Rutili. Rutili's feature film, All My Friends are Funeral Singers, debuted at Sundance 2010/New Frontiers and screened at a numerous film festivals and museums including Sydney underground Film Festival, London Underground Film Festival, SXSW, IFC center in New York and the MCA in Chicago. He is the founder and principle songwriter of critically acclaimed bands Califone and Red Red Meat and a member of Ugly Casanova and Boxhead Ensemble.
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