Two Lights Theatre Company and Hairpin Arts Center are pleased to announce Art Forms in Flux. Inspired by the script for their upcoming production of State Park, by Chicago playwright Aaron Weissman, this unique program invites seventeen artists (aka Fluxists) to be in residence at Hairpin Arts Center for two weeks as they develop original work in response to the text. Art Forms in Flux is curated by Amanda Roscoe Mayo, produced by Daniel Dvorkin and Matthew Olson, and is funded by a collaborative project grant given to Two Lights Theatre Company and the Logan Square Chamber of Arts/Hairpin Arts Center from The Chicago Community Trust.
At the conclusion of each of the two residencies, an exhibition of the work created will be presented and open to the public for an evening. The exhibitions, entitled Stage One and Stage Two, feature visual art, performance, dance, new media work, and experimental happenings. The Hairpin will be transformed into a vessel for the unknown, the incredible, and the absurd. Individual tickets will be available at the door for $10 or by visiting twolightstheatre.com. Series tickets will be available, including admission to the full-production of State Park to be produced in the fall of 2016.
Stage One Public Opening: February 27, 7:00 – 10:00pm
Stage Two Public Opening: April 16, 7:00 – 10:00pm
Stage One featured Fluxists: Justin Botz, Simon Pyle, Courtney Schneider, A.M. Strickland, Koy Suntichotinun and Politimi Tsiftilis.
Stage Two featured Fluxists: Claire Ashley, Jovanka Azyadet, Ilena Ferrer & Michelle Prevost, Sarah Goldberg & Alexander Mauney, Stephanie Graham, Kelly Lloyd, Ryan Thompson, Galina Shevchenko, and Hillary Wiedemann.
Two Lights is a prism for theatrical ideas. Fusing artistic communities of diverse disciplines and perspectives, the company organically ignites a production process through curated exhibitions that culminate in one-of-a-kind, imaginative, and bold narrative experiences.
Art Forms in Flux adopts the avant garde attitudes of Fluxus (1962-1970s). The Fluxus movement in art is loosely defined as an “international group of artists, poets, and musicians whose only shared impulse was to integrate life into art through the use of found events, sounds, and materials, thereby bringing about social and economic change in the art world.” By integrating the ideals and values of this important practice, Two Lights Theatre Company is rethinking the approach to production and storytelling processes in contemporary theater.
Amanda Roscoe Mayo is a Curator of Contemporary Culture working independently in Chicago. She is the founder and Co-Director of Studio 3325 an artist-in-residence program in Logan Square and art critic for SFAQ. In addition to the visual arts Mayo is a Production Director for Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP) and music journalist at Consequence of Sound.