Jeanette Andrews is a contemporary illusionist and artist who specializes in creating interactive sensory illusions. Combining a lifetime of craft with influences not typically seen in magic performances such as interactive performance art, immersive theater, quantum physics, and philosophy, she has forged a unique take on this ancient art form.
Her work centers on creating sensory illusions that reveal the dynamic process of perception. She explores how illusions construct reality and highlights astonishing aspects of everyday life through moments of psychological impossibilities. Andrews’ vision is to bring back the prestige of illusion as a high art form, and modernizing historic magic illusions by having them performed by the viewers themselves.
Rough House is an interdisciplinary puppet and object-based theater company based in Chicago. It is built on the belief that theater should be wild, beautiful, brutal and always sincere.
While the empathetic nature and imaginative possibilities of puppetry enable the company to relate stories in a way that human actors never could, Rough House embraces visible human players on stage rather than hide them behind mask or curtain. After all, a puppet without a performer is a little more than an inert object. This visibly intimate interaction symbolizes the fight for the enduring humanity that resides within the analog and the low-fi amidst a world of ubiquitous digitization. In utilizing found and recycled objects, the company seeks to bring new life to the old artifacts that society is quick to dispose of and eager to forget. Its work strives to balance the Elegant with the Rough.
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