Friday-Sunday, June 3-5 at 7pm
Links Hall (3111 N. Western Ave.)
Purchase tickets online: http://linkshall.ticketfly.com/event/1012059-openwork-chicago/
Important Note: Limited seating is available, with a maximum of 35 tickets each night. ‘Openwork’ is presented in the round, offering multi-dimensional viewing and a different experience of the performance depending on where you sit. Advance purchase of tickets is strongly encouraged.
‘Openwork’ is a new performance piece that challenges the distinction between craft and art by magnifying the activity of knitting into a dance. An elaborate landscape is formed by dancers who use their limbs as knitting needles to create floor-to-ceiling textiles.
This project reimagines knitting and crochet as kinetic art forms that create concrete traces of the body’s motion, exploring how movement and needlecraft can influence each other.
At its heart, Openwork takes a political stance, advancing the cultural context of needlecraft and feminism by refusing to let go of crafting traditions, or to relegating them to a realm lower than “art.”
This work is an immersive performance for a small audience, who can opt to become part of the environment. The performance is approximately 60 minutes long.
Directed by Chicago-based choreographer, theatrical designer, and needleworker Rachel Damon, Openwork reveals a resonance between the handmade and the embodied by way of the tactile nature of both arts. This performance has been collaboratively developed with Katie Matteson Campana, Megan Rhyme, Gretchen Soechting, and Laura Tennal. The performance features an original musical score composed by pianist Matthew Griffo and cellist Leyla I. Royale, and lighting design by Sarah Lackner.