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Courtney Mackedanz performs with Hannah Levy’s Surplus Tension


About the Program

Hannah Levy’s exhibition in The Arts Club of Chicago’s gallery, Surplus Tension, both invites and rejects corporeal engagement. Levy’s sculptural forms allure a viewer with skin-textured materials and references to furniture while simultaneously (even flirtatiously) distancing spectators with cold metal, peaked talons, and a juxtaposition of references that are both playful and unsettling. Responding to the exhibition’s sharp edges and soft insinuations, dancemaker Courtney Mackedanz embodies an inquisitive movement interaction with the exhibition, joining Levy’s works in an artistic exploration of the relationship between the skin as a surface and the armatures of structure that lay beneath. Taking the current surge in COVID-19 cases into account, this program is hosted virtually on YouTube Live. Focused and formatted for video presentation, the work is bookended with conversations about concept and process between Mackedanz and Chicago dance thinkers.

To add to your experience for the evening, The Arts Club is happy to offer a to-go cocktail in partnership with cocktail-maker Miss Mya Pologies. Contact to order. Cocktails must be ordered by end of day on Tuesday, January 25, and may be picked up at The Arts Club on Friday, January 28.