Highly recommended! You'll be kicking yourself if you miss this one. BONEdanse is one of our ultimate favorites and this is potentially their last show stateside EVER. So go already. Final show 6/30. 7pm TONIGHT at Constellation 3111 N. Western. Click here for tickets. Aimed at adults but fine for savvy, urban tweens & teens too.
bully.punk.riot. digs into the inherent herding mentality to reveal the transformation, the blurred lines, and the potential danger of the herd as friend or foe.
Premiering new work by punk rock choreographer Atalee Judy, alongside choreographic up-and-comers Melissa Ganser and Megan Klein. Featuring Janna Barta, Maria Macsay, Cheryl Cornachionne, and Nicole Scatchell. Lighting Design by Jacob Snodgrass.
- Chicago Reader Review - "Less like dance than like the Hawks crashing into the boards, it's been her calling card ever since she founded Breakbone DanceCo., now BONEdanse, in 1997."
Do NOT miss this highly recommended twist on a long running fav of ours. Check out Barrel of Monkeys That's Weird Grandma--Chi-town version!! Barrel of Monkeys presents “Chicago’s Weird, Grandma”
Monday, October 8 through December 17 at 8 p.m. at the Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland.
Tickets for all performances are $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12.
For tickets, reservations or information call 312-409-1954 or visit www.barrelofmonkeys.org. buy tickets
Schedule of Guest Artists for “Chicago’s Weird, Grandma”
Mondays at 8 p.m. at the Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. WORLDS COLLIDE ALERT: Here's the remaining guest performer list and there are a bunch of our favorites in here.
November 19 BONEdanse & The Lincoln Squares
November 26 Dean Evans
December 3 The Factory Theater & Manual Cinema
December 10 Sideshow Theatre Company & Manual Cinema
December 17 The Neo-Futurists & About Face Theatre
Schedule subject to change. THIS SHOW HAS BEEN SELLING OUT! BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!
BARREL OF MONKEYS JOINS FORCES WITH CHICAGO ARTISTIC HEAVY HITTERS FOR ALL NEW “CHICAGO'S WEIRD, GRANDMA”
Company Members From Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Lookingglass
Theatre Company, House Theatre of Chicago, The Hypocrites, Factory
Theater, and Many More Present Their Take on Kids’ Stories From BOM
Residencies Barrel of Monkeys (BOM) kicks off its 15th season with an
all new, cross-disciplinary extravaganza titled “Chicago’s Weird,
Grandma”. From the House Theatre of Chicago to the experimental dance of
BONEdanse to the quirky stylings of Noah Ginex Puppet Company, BOM
brings children’s stories to life in an innovative way. “Chicago’s
Weird, Grandma” is a new spin on the BOM classic “That’s Weird, Grandma”
on Mondays, October 8 through December 17 at 8 p.m. at the
Neo-Futurarium, 5153 N. Ashland. BOM Artistic Director Molly Brennan
directs. Click here for tickets. This show has been selling out!!
In the opening scene of This is a Damage Manual, the ensemble is in suspended animation, frozen in space and time, as the audience filters in. Take a good look, as this is one of the last moments of calm before a storm of political, passionate, intense dance. We adored this surreal look at damaged souls, making the best of an insane world. Damage Manual had the whole audience laughing and cringing in turn. The music was fantastic and the message right on target. This show is a must see for self help addicts, skeptics, and nonconformists. Is the message hitting a little too close to home? You can even duck out for a hypnotically suggested tranquilizer, in the form of a well stocked lobby bar, over intermission.
I was blown away by the excellent, multimedia presentation, and the way BONEdanse organically melds into the space. They made great use of the varying textures in The Wit walls, projecting giant images on the black cinder block back wall and throwing visually stunning shadow play across the brick and metal end walls. The voice overs of Earl Nightingale, self help guru, were even more disturbingly wonderful with the vintage scratch of a record running throughout. Atalee Judy and the ensemble take us on a vital journey through the eyes of a driven, unbalanced ballerina, an over medicated 50's houswife, a nazi, and more. The audience is propelled on a journey through dream treatment, tranquilizers, and other attempts to numb people into acquiescence in an unbalanced world.
Conceptually, this is an adult piece, or recommended for mature tweens and teens. Although there isn't anything objectionable or over the top, if you're considering bringing underagers.
Here are our post show shots. Be sure to stick around for snacks and a bit of shopping therapy after the show! The multifaceted women of BONEdanse not only choreograph, write, and kick butt on stage, but they design amazing, affordable eco-friendly clothes too!! Instead of a fundraiser, BONEdanse is selling Bone Ware. Damage Manual was drop dead delicious, but it's well worth the ticket price to get to the goodies. T's are only $5-$15. Fleeces are $15. One of a kind Upcycled T-Shirt dresses are $30-$40.
Check out photographer, Chrystyne, modeling one in our shots above. I snagged the awesome black & orange one with excellent text on the back "I will not be a victim...I will not be a perpetrator....above all I will not be a bystander & PEACE...it's what matters.
one of our favorite Chi-town dance troupes. Check out their creative
and ferocious theatre. These women are all about being smart AND
mighty, and they create some mighty fine, thought provoking pieces of
modern dance. We've been loving their weekly Danse Skitz. Check 'em all out on YouTube where Danse Skitz #1-10 are all archived. They were all shot around Chicago last June through August.
Don't miss the opportunity to see them live. This is a Damage Manual has just 6 performances left!
this is a DAMAGE MANUAL february 2-12, 2012 th/fri/sat 8pm, sun 3pm theater wit 1229 belmont tickets $15-$24
BONEdanse PRESENTS This
is a DAMAGE MANUAL THIS WINTER. WHERE THE SUB-TRASH PROPAGANDA OF THE
80S CLASHES WITH THE FEAR OF EVERYTHING 50S WHERE THERAPY PROMISES TO
HELP, BUT MORE OFTEN DESTROYS... WHAT’S YOUR DAMAGE?
BONEdanse’s (simplified from its former Breakbone DanceCo), evening length version of This is a Damage Manual premieres
this February; a satirical, witty, and humoured performance that offers
as many absurd questions about the idiosyncrasies of human behavior as
With its title
sourced directly from the industrial post-punk music entity The Damage
Manual featuring 80s punk era icons Martin Atkins (Public Image Ltd
[Pil], Killing Joke), Chris Connelly (Murder, Inc), Geordie Walker
(Killing Joke) and Jah Wobble (PiL), BONEdanse’s Damage Manual, also
draws largely from the world of vintage instruction manuals and
self-help vinyl records to explore how universally damaged we all are
and how many of us stay that way.
Once again, here's the basics:
Damage Manual, a darkly comedic dance theater work examining vintage
self-help books and recordings through dynamic physicality.
WHO: BONEdanse. A solo created by guest choreographer Jyl
Fehrenkamp Choreography by Atalee Judy with performances by Janna Barta,
Anita Fillmore, Atalee Judy & Mindy Meyers. Lighting Design: Jacob
Snodgrass Costumes, Video, and Soundscore: A. Judy
WHEN: Thursdays-Sundays, February 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11 and 12;
Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances at 8:00 pm, Sundays at 3: 00
WHERE: Theater Wit is located at 1229 W Belmont, Chicago, 60657 in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood.
HOW: Ticket prices are Th/Fr $15, Sat $24, and Sunday matinee
$20. ALL tickets are available at walk-up or call-in box office:
773.975.8150 (no service fee online or by phone) www.theaterwit.org
Follow BONEdanse on Facebook and join their email list for exclusive
discount ticket offers at www.bonedanse.com
Visiting Company Griffin Theatre
By Simon Stephens
Directed by Jonathan Berry
Now playing through March 04, 2012
The American Premiere of Simon Stephens' powerful and critically
acclaimed drama about a group of high school age students preparing for
their final exams and nearing the end of their school lives. When the
whole world opens up before you, there’s a danger it’ll swallow you up,
there’s danger all around in this shattering new play that explores the
volatility of adolescent life.
*Strong Adult Content
There is no late seating available for this production.
****NOTE: If you loved This is a Damage Manual.....In a similar vein, check out Under The Gaslight, coming soon at Aloft.
The Aloft Student Ensemble Performance group presents a full length
contemporary circus show exploring the line between sane and "crazy".
Aloft's signature style of using traditional circus apparatus in new and
surprising ways, and spinning clear narrative through movement and risk
come alive again through this group of 10 up-coming acrobats, studying
at the Aloft Loft, the Midwest's premiere contemporary circus school.
Trained by some of the top instructors in the country, and directed by
Aloft's Artistic Director, Shayna Swanson, the performers have created a
show based in consensus building which questions weather mental illness
is just one tragedy away from everyone.
All proceeds from this
show will go into a new scholarship fund to assist current Aloft Loft
students who lose their incomes due to the economy in continuing their
acrobatic training. Some money will also be directed into mirco-grants
to help professional artists-in-residence at the Aloft Loft develop new