Deidre Huckabay is a Chicago-based flutist, performer, and event producer. She holds degrees from Eastman School of Music and Duquesne University. Inspired by this classical background, Huckabay’s work introduces psychological etudes into a rigorous practice. Applying surrealist and psychoanalytic techniques of collage, automatism, and dream analysis, Huckabay’s work reconsiders her musical practice as an exploration of personal history and unconscious desire.
Courtney Mackedanz approaches dance-based performance making from the round-about-outside. Trained primarily in the visual arts, before making a dance Mackedanz typically first reads, writes, draws, stress-eats—and then finally begins to work. Her family name comes from the German for “to make dance”—thus Mackedanz attributes her oblique process to attempting to keep up with her namesake. Mackedanz employs a sense of humor and play that is atypical of her family’s traditionally stoic nature, though her serious side is evident in her commitment to dance as an intellectually rigorous medium.
Vaudeo Motion is a collaboration between dancer Nora Sharp and the audio-video artists Ben Baker-Smith and Evan Kühl, who have been working together as the synaesthetic media duo Vaudeo Signal since 2010.
Ben and Evan explore the manipulation of analog signals in real time using an instrument made up of uniquely integrated, customized audio-video hardware.
Nora creates dance movements that empathize with viewers and facilitates spaces where people feel welcome, connected, and acknowledged.
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