Feb 4th 2017

A picnic with four tricksters on the edge of the abyss dig into the unknown. The stage moves in and around this home to immerse you in the Opera. These creatures attempt to access centuries of conditioning, to purposefully reroute some energetic phlegm, to create a space for a spontaneous healing by putting love into water, into food, into you. There will be vocal drones in the key of E, made and passed. Others in the key of F, made and passed. What rises up out of this drone will be made in the moment, and the energy resonating by all who are present. We will feed and nurture you.

The Trickster Quartet consists of Sara Zalek, Elaine Lemieux, Hanna Brock and Here. Our process of making includes improvisational sound and movement scores, Butoh and vocal training techniques, live video feed, glitch art, and open honest reflection. Each time we meet, we embark on journeys into our personal history and memory, creating sounds and movement in response to one another. Over time, we have discovered the reverberations of joy in these meetings. By doing this in your presence, we wish to give you to the space to access to your own resonance and dissonance. Over and over we want to surprise you, to devastate you, to disarm you. Ultimately we want to uplift your spirit.

Part of 2nd Floor Rear 2017: RITUAL

2nd Floor Rear 2017: RITUAL is moveable feast of artist-run events, projects, exhibitions, and performances that shine a light on the occult, hidden nature of alternative arts practices and the communities of care that spring up around them. The 2017 edition of 2nd Floor Rear kicks off with a dinner party on the evening of Friday, February 3, continues on Saturday, February 4, with events throughout Avondale, Logan Square, Humboldt Park, and Wicker Park, and wraps up wraps up on Sunday, February 5, with events spanning Pilsen and Little Village. Over 125 Chicago artists, curators, organizers, and venues are participating in 35 events.

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