Fortunately, we do our best to practice what we preach by presenting performance projects throughout the year. In addition to the annual PRODUCE, Art Intercepts is the artistic home for the choreography of Lauren Warnecke (when she gets the time to do it). These are the people who help make those projects possible:
Katie Matteson is a wholesome midwestern girl. With a dance performance degree from NIU, she has danced professionally throughout Chicago for nearly six years. She has had the pleasure of working with Mordine & Company Dance Theater, Danszloop Chicago, Hedwig Dances, Joel Hall, as well as running away with the circus a few years back. Katie is also a collaborator with Synapse Arts Collective and instructor of teeny ballerinas at Belle Plaine Studio. When not dancing, Katie enjoys pilates, wandering the beach, streaming television, and slurpees.
Vienna Willems moved to Chicago shortly after graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BFA in Dance. While attending U of I, she performed in works by Cynthia Oliver, Linda Lehovec, Christian Von Howard, Germaul Barnes, and Janet Charleston among others. Recently, Vienna has had the opportunity to work with Chicago dance makers such as Laura Chiaramonte, Synapse Arts Collective, Hope Goldman, and The Dance Team. Vienna was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She enjoys live music, videography, and baking banana bread.
Laura Tennal Originally from Little Rock, AR, Laura Tennal has found joy in dancing, singing, and running barefoot, with the wind between her fingers since she can remember, and plans to continue doing these things for the rest of her life. Laura graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BFA in dance and then spent a year dancing with Charleston Ballet Theatre in South Carolina. Since moving to Chicago last summer, she has also danced with Joel Hall II, RASA Dance Chicago, and Adler Danztheatre Project.
Designers and Collaborators:
Francesca Bourgault started taking dance classes after an impromptu performance with a Dixie Land Band at age 4. Since that eventful day, her love of tap and ballet grew to encompass all forms of dance. Francesca’s need to be surrounded by dance led her to graduate high school from the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy, where she was introduced briefly to lighting design during her senior performance. She continued her education at Western Michigan University, where she focused her studies in modern dance, lighting design and choreography and graduated with a BA in Dance and a Minor in General Business. Since moving to Chicago in January of 2009, Francesca has been busy in the dance world. She is currently the resident lighting designer for The Moving Architects and the Dance Union series at the Fasseas White Box Theater. She is also the technical director at Links Hall. Francesca also teaches for Design Dance at Chase Park.
Russell Weiss is a multimedia artist living in Chicago IL. As a sound designer for performance, Russell employs field recordings, found sound, music, textures, layered manipulations and anything else he can get his hands on. As such his compositions aim to become more than just a score alongside the performance, instead being integral to the mood and magic of the works for which they are developed. Recent collaborators include: Synapse Arts Collective, Carol McCurdy, Ginger Krebs, Lucid/Anatomy and Sara Zalek.Check out: russellweiss.sound.googlepages.com for more about his work
Kelly Rose is the amazing photographer who hasn’t yet supplied a bio for this page. Kelly is a science nerd with a flair for photography. She likes to knit in her spare time. Lauren and Kelly went to elementary school together; who would have thought they would become such rockstars.