Bread & Butter culminates

photo credit: Katie Graves
photo credit: Katie Graves

Last fall, Cristina Tadeo and Nicholas Davio premiered a miniature dance and music installation at Comfort Station called Bread & Butter. Though short on length, space, and cast,  the result of a year long investigation into the ongoing discussion of artistic sustainability left a lasting impact on me. After a year of incubation, Tadeo and Davio return to finish what they started. Everything about Bread & Butter now is bigger: the work has expanded from 15 to 45 minutes and from the tiny Comfort Station to the 2000 sq. ft. Tom Robinson art gallery. The cast has grown too: adding Mags Bouffard, Julie Boruff and Tadeo herself to the original duet between Isabelle Collazo and Maria Macsay. Davio’s sound design, mixed live on 25 analog tape recorders (up from 8 in the original), is a compelling compilation of recorded interviews with freelance artists from a variety of genres.

“I do what I can with what I have,” said Tadeo over a coffee with me on the north side.  From the beginning of the project, she has kept firm to her promise to pay everyone involved a fair wage, and to remove elements she can’t afford. Bread & Butter’s premiere, nestled into a tightly packed dance weekend featuring at least five other shows (that I’m aware of) speaks to its theme, and to Tadeo’s overarching mission to make a sustainable dance about sustainable dance.

“If art was made in a sustainable manner, there would be less of it.”

For a young dancemaker, the ability to show such restraint may be what keeps her in the game for the long term.

Bread & Butter premieres Nov. 21 (8:00 p.m. and Nov. 22 (3:00 & 8:00p.m.) at Tom Robinson Art Studio / Gallery (2416 W. North Ave). Tickets are $15 available at www.cristinatadeo.net or $18 at the door

Lauren Warnecke

Author: Lauren Warnecke

Lauren Warnecke is a freelance writer and editor, focused on dance and cultural criticism in Chicago and across the Midwest. Lauren is the dance critic for the Chicago Tribune, editor of See Chicago Dance, and founder/editor of Art Intercepts, with bylines in Chicago Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine, St. Louis Magazine and Dance Media publications, among others. Holding degrees in dance and kinesiology, Lauren is an instructor of dance and exercise science at Loyola University Chicago.