‘Connect the Dots’ at Water Street Studios in Batavia
By Jane Donahue For Sun-Times Media January 9, 2014 8:11PM
Core Project of Chicago will present Connect the Dots, Saturday, Jan. 11, at Water Street Studios in Batavia. | Courtesy of Water Street Studios
If you go
What: Core Project presents “Connect the Dots,” an evening of original dance, media and music for all ages
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11
Where: Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St., Batavia
Tickets: $7 and can be purchased on Core Project’s website at www.coreprojectchicago.org or by calling Water Street at 630-761-9977
Learn more: Visit www.waterstreetstudios.com/events/core-project-presents-connect-the-dots
Updated: February 11, 2014 6:23AM
Those looking for an evening of art, music and dance will find the trifecta of entertainment on Saturday, Jan. 11, during “Connect the Dots,” at Water Street Studios in Batavia. Presented by Core Project of Chicago, the “roving performance” lets audience members connect with the artists and take an active role in the show.
“Core (Project) is not a company that just performs; they are not performers on a stage who then walk away,” said Jim Kirkhoff, Water Street Studios co-founder and director of development. “It’s about storytelling and interaction with the audience; they work very hard at creating an intimate environment and something that is very special.”
With both choreographed and improvisational components, Core Project’s artists Megan Beseth, Christine Hands and Tiffany Philpot will lead attendees through the gallery during the interactive performance.
“We always love performing at Water Street,” said Erin Rehberg, Core Project artistic director. “‘Connect the Dots’ is a reflection of how these three performers see, get through, and connect to the world and each other, and this intimate performance space is exactly how these works were meant to be seen — sweat, quirks and all.”
Philpot shares the sentiment.
“We get into the ‘nitty-gritty,’ things that are not expected,” said Philpot, of Elgin. “At Core (Project), the relationship with the audience is very different. There tends to be a wall that divides performers from audiences — a division — and we break down that wall.”
With a performance that is on the go, audience members will have to make choices, deciding what to focus on and taking an active role as viewers.
“The show will never stop, even during those transition moments,” Philpot said. “The audience won’t ever have to be taken out of it. They will feel like they are part of the show just as much as the performers do.”
The all-ages event features original movement, media and music as the artists “describe, explore, illustrate, perform and discuss connection.”
“I hope the audience members gain something new, something they have never experienced before,” said Philpot. “You always want to reach them, make sure that they walk out the door and there is something from the performance they are still thinking about.”