Friday, February 6, 2015

"Stripe Tease" at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis

It's FINALLY happening!

Postcard mailer for "Stripe Tease" at Walker Art Center.

"Stripe Tease" will debut at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis Feb 19-21st, 2015!

An snapshot from our summer 2014 residency at Walker Art Center.

"Named Best Choreographer in 2013 by City Pages and steadily gaining national attention, Chris Schlichting creates beautifully designed, meticulously constructed dance worlds combining movement, visual art, and music. Building on a commission for the Walker’s 25th-anniversary celebration of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in 2013, he collaborates with rock/pop guitarist Jeremy Ylvisaker (Andrew Bird) and his band Alpha Consumer, which includes Mike Lewis and JT Bates, whose repetition of musical phrasing is a perfect foil for Schlichting’s movement art. The collaboration also features Minnesota-based visual artist Jennifer Davis, whose collages and paintings strike a magical balance between childlike playfulness and dark yearnings.
Crafting a deeply satisfying mix of patterns and set structures, large-scale spectacle and delicate intimacy, recurrence and surprise, Schlichting’s newest work Stripe Tease embraces and slyly subverts dance history. Copresented with the National Performance Network (NPN)." - Walker Art Center

Chris and Jeremy are supermodels but I am not quitting my day job. (Woof!) Photo by Gene Pittman for Walker Art Center.

I've been collaborating with Chris- and his team of AMAZINGLY TALENTED dancers (Tristan Koepke, Krista Langberg, Dustin Maxwell, Dolo McComb, Max Wirsig, and Laura Selle Virtucio), Musicians (JT Bates, Mike Lewis, Jeremy Ylvisaker) and Lighting Designer (Joe Levasseur)- for over a year to design the set environment for this performance. This project is unlike anything I have ever done before... I don't even remember what it feels like to be in my "comfort zone."    

Making stripes during our Dec 2014 residency at Carleton College.

It all started with our piece, "Rag Den" for the Sculpture Garden's 25th Anniversary birthday party last summer. (Read my blog post about it here.)

"Set Design" for Rag Den in the Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden.

For this new iteration of the performance we have completely transformed the set design, music and performances to bring the piece in to the McGuire Theater at WAC.
We are so excited to FINALLY share this piece with you! 

(Photo of the balcony view swiped from

Our lighting wizard Joe Levasseur.

Making stripes during our Dec 2014 residency at Carleton College. We couldn't have pulled it off without Caitlin Dippo and Katrina Matejcik!

Please join us! 
Date February 19-21, 2015
Time 8 pm
Place McGuire Theater at Walker Art Center
Price $25 ($22 Walker members)
Tickets here.

Oh and did I mention we are taking this show on the road?! Next up we'll be at the Fusebox Festival in Austin, TX in April (free show!)

Thank you for reading. Hope to see you at the Walker. 

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