Zen and the Art of Tech Week


I knew this week wasn't going to be easy. 


First week of school, family members coming into town, and tech week.  Tech week is exhausting even under the best of circumstances, but this one's a doozy.


Surprisingly, I'm in good form so far.  I haven't really experienced much of the last minute OMG moments where I realize I didn't make a program, or follow up with press, or buy the right underwear to go under my costume.


It's the little lady with the long name that is making for such a hassel-free week, with thanks to the Kemper Foundation and Links Hall's brand spankin' new Apprentice Producer Program.  I'm not having those panicky moments, because it's all taken care of, and not by me, and I don't have to spare a dime on it.




Caralanay, our Apprentice Production and PR Manager, rocked this show, and according to her, learned a lot in the process.


I learned a lot too:  I learned that I'm happier with the result when I spend my time focusing on the work itself, and not on the program, or the PR, or the box office.  Excepting the purchase of afore mentioned underwear, Caralanay took care of all the details and afforded me the time and the energy to make the dance I wanted to make. 


Ironically, that's kind of, part of, what my dance is about.


Come check it out!  The not-to-be-missed double bill of yours truly and enidsmithdance goes up on Friday through Sunday at Links Hall.



More info available at: www.linkshall.org

Tickets available at: http://icedcoffee.eventbrite.com/



Author: Lauren Warnecke

Lauren Warnecke is a freelance dance critic, contributing to the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Magazine. She is senior editor of See Chicago Dance. Lauren covers dance across the Midwest and writes regularly for Dance Magazine and Pointe with additional bylines in Milwaukee Magazine, St. Louis Magazine and Dance Teacher. Forthcoming publications include essays on ballet training in Chicago (University of Illinois Press) and Shirley Mordine (University of Akron Press). In 2020, Lauren published an opinion piece on the impact of COVID-19 on the arts in the South African journal Agenda. Lauren holds degrees in dance and kinesiology and has presented research on dance training practices at the National Dance Education Organization and the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. She has co-facilitated critical dance writing intensives in Chicago and Durban, South Africa, and participated in writing residencies at the National Center for Choreography, Bates Dance Festival and JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience. Lauren teaches dance history and kinesiology for dancers, with part-time appointments at Loyola University Chicago and Illinois Wesleyan University.

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