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       Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
       8:00 pm

Erica Mott: Wastelands, Waters and Words

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Erica Mott: Wastelands, Waters and Words
February 22nd 8:00 pm
February 23rd 8:00pm
February 24th 7:00pm
Links Hall
3435 N. Sheffield Avenue, Suite 207
 $15 General Admission / $10 Students

Wasteland, Water, Words is an interdisciplinary quartet examining cultural archetypes of outlaw heroes, (the cowboy and the viking) and the impact of these archetypes on shaping masculine identity, environment and economic development. The acquisition of land, the fierce territoriality and masculinity of the frontiersman/raider, and the relationship between human, animal and land, provide the points of exploration and deconstruction for this performance project. Wasteland marks the second phase of development of the Cowboys and Vikings Project. This segment is the result of intensive research in Iceland and features an original sound score by Ryan Ingebritsen in collaboration with Icelandic Viking Metal Band, Celestine.



Erica Mott is a choreographer, sculptural object designer and cultural organizer who, utilizes body based sculptural forms (mask/costume/object), transforms discarded materials and disregarded spaces. Using the tools of humor and surprise, she captures and heightens the magic and mystery of the mundane and invites communities to re-view and re-envision shared spaces and practices.

Erica’s recent site-specific performances were featured at Audio Art Festival (Krakow), Free Fall Festival (Toronto), Ingenuity Fest (Cleveland), NES (Iceland), Museo del Ferrocarril (Mexico), CAD Special Exhibitions Space/Artopolis. Erica has collaborated nationally with Tim Miller, Eighth Blackbird, Sharon Bridgforth, Coman Poon/re[public] in/decency, and Guillermo Gomez-Pena. She works with Gomez-Pena’s collective, La Pocha Nostra, as a core troupe member.

She instructs workshops for Lookingglass Theater, Northeastern Illinois University’s Teacher’s Center, The Second City, and several independent venues and organizations. Additionally, she has designed and facilitated lectures for The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Amnesty International, The Memphis Theological Seminary, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and the Universities of Witwatersrand and Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa. She has a masters degree in Psychophysical Theatre Practice with an emphasis on intercultural performance and Asian Martial Arts practice from the University of Exeter in the UK.
Erica is a recipient of several awards including Amnesty International’s Patrick Stewart Human Rights Fellowship (to teach arts in community in South Africa), The Santa Fe Art Institute Residency, Ragdale Foundation Residency, NES Artist, MetLife New Stages for Dance, the Chicago Dancemakers Forum Fellowship, the City of Chicago CAAP program and the Neighborhood Arts Program (NAP).



Chris Knowlton is a PhD student in Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago and researches joint replacements at Rush University Medical Center. Chris has freelanced with many artists at major and independent venues around Urbana, IL, Cincinnati and Chicago and continues to make his own work. Most recently, Chris created a live performance for TEDxWindyCity, the TED talks in Chicago, as an invited artist after being named a finalist in Science Magazine’s 2012 Dance Your PhD competition.

Bryan Saner is an interdisciplinary art practitioner focusing on the creation of performances, activist art events, neighborhood evolution and appropriately designed objects. He teaches workshops, mentors and lectures locally, nationally and internationally on the subject of performance, the body, neighborhood design, movement and collaboration. He is currently an adjunct professor, mentor and advisor in the Interdisciplinary Arts graduate program at Columbia College Chicago. From 1995 to 2009 Bryan worked as a performing artist with the recently retired Goat Island Performance Group. During this time, the company toured internationally, performing at numerous venues including the Venice Biennale, Bristol’s Arnolfini Theatre, the Eurokaz festival in Zagreb and the New Territories Festival, Glasgow. He recently worked with the creative collective project Watch Tower, and is currently performing with Every House Has a Door.

Brian Shaw is a founding member of Plasticene Physical Theater and has taught, created and performed original work with the company since 1995. Brian has performed with numerous theaters in Chicago, the Festival of the Americas in Montreal and the Hispanic Theater Festival in Miami. He appeared off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theatre in The Strangerer by Mickle Maher. He plays the leading role in the independent feature film The Defiled directed by Julian Grant. The Defiled was an official selection of the Chicago International Film Festival, the Bram Stoker Film Festival and various other festivals. He has appeared in numerous commercials, industrial films and a cancelled network television cop show. He gave voice to “Croak” in Samuel Beckett’s Words and Music live on WFMT radio with the Spektral String Quartet. Brian is a Professor at Columbia College where he teaches acting and physical theater. He is the recipient of the 2003 Excellence in Teaching Award from Columbia College. He has developed exchange programs with the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, Serbia, the University of East London, Dublin Institute of Technology and Rose Bruford College

Ryan Ingebritsen: Composer, sound designer, and electronic performer Ryan Ingebritsen’s music and sound art focus on the multi-dimensional aspects of sound while attaining a degree of clarity and lyricism to permeate and reveal the musical structures he creates. His music challenges performers to extend beyond themselves into the realm of interaction with visual, electronic, and natural experience providing audiences a window to observe our multi-dimensional universe through the interplay and interaction of sound.

A graduate of St. Olaf College and the University of Cincinnati, he won a Fulbright scholarship to Poland where he studied under Zbigniew Bujarski and Marek Choloniewski. He has collaborated with and been commissioned by artists such as Todd Reynolds (bang on a can), International Contemporary Ensemble, Third Coast Percussion, Beta Collide, Firewire, Till by Turring, Gold Sparkle and Stars Like Fleas. As a sound designer and engineer, he has worked with groups such as Grammy award winning ensemble eighth blackbird, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and has premiered works by Steve Reich, David Lang, Julia Wolf, Michael Gordon, and Steve Mackey. He has designed sound for the Tune In festival at the Park Avenue Armory including the New York premier of John Luther Adams’ Iniksuit as well as for the 2011 Reich 75th birthday celebration in Millennium Park.

Ingebritsen was awarded a 2007 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Composition as well as the McKnight Foundations Visiting Composer Fellowship to produce a new compositionally guided sound tour of a Minnesota State Park during the summer of 2010 through the American Composers Forum. He has also received awards and commissions from CEC Artslink, Chicago Community Trust, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Chicago Composers Forum.

Blake Russell is a Chicago based performing artist for live arts, theatre, and dance, he occasionally produces event series as well. Currently working as a company member with Erica Mott, Anatomical Theatres of Mixed-reality, and Abraham Werewolf; Blake also volunteers for the Center on Halsted’s youth empowerment program, POP, where he serves as an artistic outreach associate.