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June 13, 2012
Media Contact: Lauren Warnecke
Lauren Warnecke and Russell Weiss team up in PRODUCE: A multi-arts experiment in four parts.
Featuring local sound and movement artists, July 13, 20, 27 and August 3 at the Drucker Center
Chicago, IL – Devised by co-curators Lauren Warnecke and Russell Weiss, PRODUCE is a destabilizing
artistic laboratory for sound and movement artists with radically different aesthetics. The series
premiered last year under Warnecke’s tenure along with Milwaukee-based composer Tim Russell.
Season two features a new line-up of contributing artists and multi-media artist Russell Weiss taking the
helm in Mr. Russell’s place. Artists and audience alike will witness the deconstruction and regeneration
of existing works thrust into unforeseen territories. Described by Time Out Chicago as “a noncompetitive
reality show for live performance,” PRODUCE is not simply an improvisational showcase. It is a mash-up
wherein sound and movement artists bring existing works to be continually recontextualized,
reconfigured, and destabilized against another aesthetic. Each group participates in all four
performances, relinquishing all control of their work to the “Producers”, Warnecke and Weiss, and real-
time audience feedback. PRODUCE challenges artists to grow in their artistic vocabularies and vision,
pushing them to collaborations and concepts they might not otherwise choose, and invites the audience
to witness and take part in the artistic process – something they often feel ostracized from. Favorite
audience-selected collaborations will be featured in Dance Union’s 2013 season. “PRODUCE” runs July
13, 20, 27 and August 3 at 8pm. Tickets are $8 general admission. Season passes are available for $25.
All performances are located at the Fasseas Whitebox at the Drucker Center 1535 N. Dayton Street
Chicago, IL 60642. For more information on the venue call 312-664-4361 or purchase tickets online at
“This project is presented by Art Intercepts in partnership with Dance Union and is supported, in part, by
the Menomonee Club for Boys and Girls.”
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CALENDAR EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:
WHAT: PRODUCE: a multi-arts experiment in four parts. Devised by co-curators Lauren
Warnecke and Russell Weiss, PRODUCE is a destabilizing artistic laboratory for sound
and movement artists with radically different aesthetics. Artists and audience alike
witness the deconstruction and regeneration of existing works thrust into unforeseen
WHO: Curated by Lauren Warnecke and Russell Weiss, with works from contributing artists
The Dance Team, HARD-R, The Leopold Group, Cara Newman, Samantha Spriggs and
Alicia Wilson, and Sid Yiddish and his Candystore Henchmen. Lighting Design by Julie
WHEN: Fridays, July 13, 20, 27 and August 3, 2012. All shows at 8pm
WHERE: Fasseas Whitebox at the Drucker Center, 1535 N. Dayton Street Chicago, IL 60642.
HOW: Tickets are $8 general admission; season passes available for $25. Tickets will be sold
at the door or online at http://www.fanfueled.com/Venue/Details/509-fasseas-whitebox-
Fasseas Whitebox at the Drucker Center is located 1535 N. Dayton Street Chicago, IL 60642 —
convenient to the RED line North/Clybourn stop, the #64 North Ave and #8 Halsted buses in Chicago’s
Lincoln Park neighborhood. Free parking is available in this ADA accessible venue. For more
information call 312.664.4631 or visit www.menomoneeclub.org.
Lauren Warnecke, M.S. (co-curator) is a Chicago-based dance artist, educator, and writer. She trained
at the Judith Svalander School of Ballet and Barat Conservatory of Dance before earning a BA in Dance
at Columbia College Chicago. In 2009, Ms. Warnecke completed her MS in Kinesiology at the University
of Illinois at Chicago, with a concentration in Motor Control and Learning. She is certified in ballet by the
Cecchetti Council of America and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. Warnecke is
currently a Visiting Instructor for the Department of Kinesiology at UIC, and Neurotransmitter to Synapse
Arts Collective. Created in 2009 as a platform for dance that is informed, inventive, and evidence-based,
Warnecke owns and operates Art Intercepts, under which she creates, informs, and writes about dance.
She is a columnist at Dance Advantage and 4dancers, and will be featured on a panel of nationally
reputed dance writers at the 2012 Dance/USA conference in San Francisco, CA. Warnecke often
freelances as a project and production/stage manager, with production credits including Rachel Damon’s
evening length work Factor Ricochet and management of the Fasseas Whitebox Theatre at the
Menomonee Club for Boys and Girls. She credits Rachel Damon, Suzy Grant, and Art Garfunkel for her
production panache. Ms. Warnecke is a Crafty Lady who likes to hike, bake scones, and dig in the dirt.
For more information, visit www.artintercepts.org.
Russell Weiss (co-curator) is a multimedia artist living and working in Chicago. He has spent much of
his time exploring the landscape and urban fauna of the city through sound and video field recordings,
photography, and painting. Russell works as a freelance sound designer for dance performance and as
preparatory at the Jean Albano Gallery. Some video work can be seen at Youtube.com/sensoriumshow.
HARD R (contributing sound artist) is a collaborative project between Edward Breitweiser and Mike
Junokas. Together, they have been designing concert length improvised musical performances for
custom electronics, laptops, and multiple loudspeakers. Through custom software, electronic systems,
and interactive networks, HARD R generates long-form, improvised aural environments.
Sid Yiddish and His Candystore Henchmen (contributing sound artist) was humbly born as a
concept in back of a transit van during Sid’s month-long tour of Eastern Denmark in spring, 2010, with
Danish punk band, Clean Boys, specifically at the venue, Bolsjefabrikken in Copenhagen. Sid was
already performing in a number of bands at that time, including Flabby Hoffman Trio, Adeptive Radiation,
Clean Boys & Chicago Scratch Orchestra and had tried the concept four years earlier with his own art
performance band, $2 Cockroach, but the idea went south. In December, 2010 he finally sealed the deal,
fusing six musicians together, plus an aging female German Shepherd dog, which joined in on a few
choruses and the band was born.
Since the ensemble is run as a loose membership collective, there are no true regular players,
meaning the band’s personnel changes constantly from performance to performance, thereby keeping the
music vibrant. Although Sid himself blends into the ensemble at times, as composer, musician and
performer, he is the primary conductor of the ensemble and employs a number of hand conducting
techniques, based on the Walter S. Thomas School of Soundpainting and continues to introduce his own
lively and inventive hand gestures. Sid is influenced by both local (Paul Hartshaw, Christopher Priessing)
and international composers (John Cage, Frank Zappa).
The Candy Store Henchmen have performed at such venues as 1901 Gallery, Produce 2011,
Silvie’s Lounge, WGN Radio, WNUR, WZRD, Green Mill Jazz Lounge, Chicago Calling (festival),
Multikulti, Manifest (Columbia College) and have opened for Terminal Orchestra (Cincinnati) at Benton
House in Bridgeport, Illinois. Sid Yiddish And His Candy Store Henchmen catatonically captivates
audiences with experimental conductible washes of perspiring unconventional atonal sonance harmonic
improvisation. They don’t always understand what they are creating, they know that you will.
When not conducting Candy Store Henchmen, Sid can often be found composing industrial
interactive pieces or performing solo shows in tight spaces around the world, blending throat singing,
performance art and spoken word into one esoteric cloud of cosmic sound. Contact Sid:
email@example.com & http://sidyiddish.bandcamp.com/
Alicia Wilson (collaborating movement artist) is from Southern California, where she began her
modern dance training at Riverside City College (RCC). In May 2010 she graduated Cum Laude from
Columbia College Chicago with a B.A in Dancemaking and Dance Studies. As a choreographer, her work
has been shown throughout Chicago area, including The Dance Center of Columbia College, Gorilla
Tango Theater, The A.W.A.R.D Show! Chicago 2010 and Manifest Urban Arts Festival. In addition, she
has been a featured guest artist for The Kinetic Conversations Showcase in California. As a scholar,
Wilson presented her research on the popular representation of the dancing body at the Dancing Under
Construction conference at UC Riverside, as well as The Society of Dance History Scholars Conference.
She has also been a dance columnist for the Windy City Times publication. Wilson is co-founder of The
Attic, a research grounded, multi-discipline art collaborative in Chicago. She strives to connect her
research to her choreography, creating works that are thought provoking and challenge assumptions
through complex movement invention.
Samantha Spriggs (collaborating movement artist) is a Chicago-based independent dance artist. Her
choreographic work draws inspiration from socio-cultural observations and research centered around a
drive to challenge interlocking systems of oppression. Through improvisational processes, academic
analysis, and deep physical exploration, Spriggs creates works that question and investigate societal
norms. Her work has been seen in Atlanta, Georgia with Room To Move Dance, Inc. and at the Hijacking
Music Festival, in Texas at Collin College's Dance Fusion, and in Chicago as a part of the Open Space
Project Presents Shift, Poonie's Cabaret, The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, Under
Construction: Socio-Analytical Perspectives on Gender Culture Through Dance, which she co-produced,
Synapse Arts- New Works 2011, and Creative Nest's Welcome to Our World. Her work was also featured
in the American College Dance Festival's Gala Performance. She also works as a freelance sound
designer and provides technical theater support for local dance artists. Spriggs can be seen dancing with
Synapse Arts Collective, The Dance Team, We Stand Sideways Dance, and in many other collaborative
The Dance Team (collaborating sound and movement artist) is a pick-up collective of educated
movers whose unofficial motto is "I like dance, but I like friends more." First coalesced at the University of
Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2006, The Dance Team has bifurcated to Chicago, IL (Chicago Squad) and
New York City (Brooklyn Crew) and continues to create and collaborate in both places. Trained in modern
dance, contact improvisation, release techniques and other contemporary forms, The Dance Team works
the boundary between performing and simply “doing.” The Dance Team has created original works for
The Open Space Project (2009), Deke Weaver's DIRT series (2010), House Brew (2010), the annual
Links Hall benefit THAW (2012) and many other events on invitation. Most recently, they premiered the
evening-length piece Hub and Spoke at the 2011 Chicago Fringe Festival, choreographed by Chris
Knowlton. Look forward to a reworking Hub and Spoke and new works by other Dance Teammates at
Links Hall in November 2012.
Cara Newman (collaborating movement artist) is a native Chicagoan who received her BFA in Dance
from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has performed in works by Carl Flink, Sara
Hook, Hope Goldman, Kate Corby, and Paige Cunningham among others. Her choreographic works
have been performed at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, Illinois. Cara most
recently performed her own work in Tif Bullard’s “Dances to Songs I Hate” at Links Hall.
Lizzie Leopold (The Leopold Group, collaborating movement artist) Lizzie Leopold is currently
pursuing an Interdisciplinary PhD in Theater and Drama Studies at Northwestern University. Her
research interests include the intersection of American concert dance and the not-for-profit structure.
Asking questions about how the finances affect the art and the art-making, historically and theoretically.
Leopold also holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Michigan and an MA in Performance
Studies from NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts. She currently serves on the Board of Governors at the
University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance.
Her writing has been presented by the Congress of Research on Dance, the Cultural Studies
Association, Dance/USA’s e-Journal, 4dancers blog and the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
Blog. Her essay “Stars, Stripes and Choreography” will be included in a forthcoming Dance/American
Studies anthology published by Florida State University Press. She is the founder and sole
choreographer for Chicago-based modern dance company The Leopold Group. Leopold’s choreography
has been awarded residencies at the Workspace for Artists Choreographer’s Retreat in Sperryville, VA
and through the Chicago Cultural Center’s DanceBridge program. She was awarded Outstanding
Choreography in the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival for her work on the new musical Green
Eyes. Leopold has also danced professionally with the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Julie E. Ballard (Lighting Designer) Some of her favorite dance designs include 5 Characteristics of
Brother (Marquez Dance), Rhapsody (Shapiro & Smith) and Falling on Lobsters in the Dark (Stephanie
Carter). She has worked for Hedwig Dance, Breakbone Dance, Mordine & Co., Dance COLEctive, The
Seldoms and Same Planet Different World. Ms. Ballard has been a part of numerous festivals as well as
American Dance Festival, and has toured nationally and internationally with David Dorfman Dance and
The Seldoms. Ms. Ballard is full time staff and adjunct faculty at the Dance Center of Columbia College.
Ms. Ballard is no stranger to theatre either, working with Signal Ensemble as an Artistic Associate
designing both lights and media. She has also worked with Irish Rep Theatre, Grey Zelda and
Whitehorse Theatre Company. Some of her favorite theatre designs include Cabaret (University of
Florida), 1776 (Signal Ensemble Theatre) and I Sing (Whitehorse Theatre).
Ms. Ballard earned her MFA from the University of Florida.
Originally conceived as a forum for discussion and learning, Lauren Warnecke first started developing the
content of Art Intercepts in 2009 in connection with the completion of her Masters degree in Kinesiology.
Ms. Warnecke saw a gap in the dissemination of scientific research and evidence-based practices to the
dance community. She sought to bridge this gap between evidence and experience by creating reliable
resources for dancers and dance teachers. Since then, Ms. Warnecke has applied her dual passions for
the arts and sciences to the creation of new dance works. Additionally, Art Intercepts is proud to present
PRODUCE, an annual multi-arts laboratory curated by Lauren Warnecke and Russell Weiss in
collaboration with Dance Union. PRODUCE explores the creative process of eight groups of artists
through real-time manipulations and audience feedback in four consecutive performances. For current
events and undertakings, plus what the press has to say about us, click here.
Curated by Ayako Kato, Dance Union is an annual dance series which presents dance works and
experimental dance art to further realize the endless possibilities of the art of being. For more information
Menomonee Club for Boys and Girls
Since 1946, the not-for profit Menomonee Club for Boys and Girls has been dedicated to providing
children from diverse backgrounds with quality recreation and enrichment activities that foster personal
growth and skill development. In the past ten years, the Menomonee Club has extended its reach to the
surrounding performance community by providing rehearsal space to local dance and theatre companies
at our beautiful Drucker Center facility. Our relationships with the arts community include ongoing
residencies with Thodos Dance Chicago, The Dance COLEctive, and The House Theatre of Chicago. In
2009, the Club unveiled the Fasseas Whitebox as a venue for public performances. For more information
about the Menomonee Club and the Fasseas Whitebox, visit www.menomoneeclub.org.