PRODUCE: An Experimental Dance and Music Performance

By on October 11, 2012

The cast of season 4 | Photo by Julie E. Ballard

What is PRODUCE?

From 2011-2014, Art Intercepts produced a multi-disciplinary experiment for sound and movement artists called PRODUCE. Originally conceived by Lauren Warnecke and Timothy Russell,  artists submitted completed or in-progress works, and selected artists were “mashed” together, in real time, in various combinations and conditions over four consecutive performances.

Season 1 “Producers” Timothy Russell and Lauren Warnecke | photo: Lauren M. Anderson

Throughout each performance and the series, the audience has an opportunity to provide feedback, ask questions, figure out what experimental performance is and how it works, and help to inform the next phase of the performance (the substance of which is largely decided in the moment).

Artists and audience alike witnessed the deconstruction and regeneration of existing works thrust into unforeseen territories as dictated by the hosts.

Described as “a noncompetitive reality show for live performance” (Zachary Whittenburg, Time Out Chicago) and a “‘gateway drug’ to experimental dance and music” (Laura Molzahn, Chicago Reader), PRODUCE challenged artists to grow in their artistic vocabularies and vision, pushing them to collaborations and concepts they might not ordinarily choose, and invites the audience to witness and take part in the artistic process – something from which they often feel ostracized.

2011 SEASON 1 ARTISTS, with hosts Lauren Warnecke and Timothy Russell

  • dropshift dance
  • Sid Yiddish and his Candystore Henchmen
  • Sam Hertz
  • The Exponential
  • Existential Pilot
  • Fayth Caruso
  • Jenna Dillon


2012 SEASON 2 ARTISTS, with hosts Lauren Warnecke and Russell Weiss

  • The Dance Team
  • Alicia Wilson and Samantha Spriggs
  • HARD R
  • The Leopold Group
  • Cara Newman
  • Sid Yiddish and his Candystore Henchmen

 

 

2013 SEASON 3 ARTISTS, with hosts Lauren Warnecke and Anthony Ingram:

  • Mark Hardy / Celestial Architecture
  • Carol McCurdy and Michael Zerang
  • Country Death Trip
  • The Nexus Project (Benjamin Wardell and Michel Rodriguez Cintra)
  • Lydia Feuerhelm
  • Heather Marie Vernn and Darling Shear
  • Philip Elson
  • Newman and Newman

 

 

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2014 SEASON 4 ARTISTS, with hosts Lauren Warnecke and Anthony Ingram:

  • Ashley Deran
  • Door Ascender’s Merkaba
  • Erica Ricketts
  • Jessica Marasa and Benjamin Law
  • Jose Luis
  • The Space/Movement Project
  • Those People Who Did That One Thing That One Time (Lucy Wieczorek and Lysha Hamm)

 

What the press said about PRODUCE:

2014 Recommended – Sharon Hoyer, NewCity Stage | Preview – Jena Cutie, Chicago Reader | Preview – Vicki Crain, Rogue Ballerina

2013 Reader Recommends – Laura Molzahn, Chicago Reader | Preview – Vicki Crain, Rogue Ballerina | Preview – Jordan Reinwald, Chicago Examiner | Critic’s Pick – Matt de la Pena, Time Out Chicago

2012 Top Dance performances of 2012 – Time Out Chicago

2011 Preview – Zachary Whittenburg, Time Out Chicago

Season 4 cast members (from left) Lysha Hamm, Jason Javar Lawrence, and Erica Ricketts | photo: Julie E. Ballard
Season 4 cast members (from left) Lysha Hamm, Jason Javar Lawrence, and Erica Ricketts | photo: Julie E. Ballard

Seasons 1-2 of PRODUCE were presented in partnership with the Menomonee Club for Boys and Girls. Seasons 3-4 were presented by The Ensemble Project‘s Julie Ballard and Anthony Ingram at Signal Ensemble Theatre. 



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