PRODUCE: An Experimental Dance and Music Performance

By on October 11, 2012

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PRODUCE Season 4 is August 8 and 9, 2014, at Signal Ensemble Theatre.

…and it’s going to be amazing.

For more information on the cast, visit the bios page

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

Performances are August 8 and 9 at 7:30pm | After Party with DJ Wak August 9 from 9-11pm

at Signal Ensemble Theatre (1802 W. Berenice, conveniently located near Brown Line trains / free parking off the alley from Byron or Ravenswood).

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GRAB YOUR TICKETS TODAY! Just use the storefront below.

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


In its fourth year, PRODUCE is a multi-disciplinary experiment for sound and movement artists to play together.  Artists submit completed or in-progress works to be considered for the series, and selected artists are “mashed” together in various combinations and conditions over four consecutive performances.  Throughout each performance and the series, the audience has an opportunity to provide real-time 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 witness 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) and a “‘gateway drug’ to experimental dance and music” (Laura Molzahn), PRODUCE challenges 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.

What the press has said about PRODUCE:

2014 Recommended – NewCity Stage | Preview – Chicago Reader | Preview – Rogue Ballerina

2013 Reader Recommends – Chicago Reader | Preview – Rogue Ballerina | Preview – Chicago Examiner | Critic’s Pick – Time Out Chicago

2012 Top Dance performances of 2012 – Time Out Chicago

2011 Preview – 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

PRODUCE is presented by The Ensemble Project‘s Julie Ballard and Anthony Ingram in collaboration with Art Intercepts at the beautiful Signal Ensemble Theatre in the  North Center neighborhood of Chicago. 

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