"Warriors and Queens: Radical Stagings of Gender and Sexuality in Dance," will present critically-acclaimed dance artists from Chicago-- Breakbone DanceCo and Matthew Hollis--in an evening of radical dance theater that fearlessly tangles with traditional gender and sex roles. The performance will be followed by a discussion with the artists moderated by Dr. Rebecca Rossen (Theatre and Dance), who curated the event, and Dr. Ann Cvetkovich (Women's and Gender Studies).
Breakbone DanceCo. is an all-female dance troupe that combines a ferocious athleticism with high-impact video and sound, and a punk-rock aesthetic, to redefine the parameters of dance. Breakbone will present excerpts from Datastarve, a commentary on fashion and gender, logotype(03), a propulsive solo, and Jeanne: Visions of Light, a futuristic take on Joan of Arc. With a sly wit and outrageous persona, Matthew Hollis creates provocative physical monologues that weave together dance, theater, and physical comedy to hilariously and poignantly chronicle his experiences as a gay man. Hollis will present The Day My Penis…, a humorous solo about cross-gender identification and family dynamics, and excerpts from Let's Go Love, a postmodern mélange of dance and cheerleading that offers a madcap commentary on love. "Breakbone DanceCo. is about as far removed from pretty, artful choreography as the human body can endure. . . . But that punk intensity, that anti-pretty aesthetic only begins to describe the gutsiness and ferocious imagination of artistic director Atalee Judy." - Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune Matthew Hollis's work is "Bittersweet and truthful," "riotous," "a generous serving of soulful styling and social commentary." - Chicago Tribune