"Livin' the Dream"

"Livin' the Dream"

Sat, March 4, 2017

7:00 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL

$12 - $20

Tickets at the Door

"Livin' the Dream"
"Livin' the Dream"
She always dreamed she’d be a Solid Gold dancer. Well, it’s no longer 1984 and it may be time to hand over those legwarmers…or is it? “Livin’ the Dream” is a comedic dance theater work that gives this Solid Gold dreamer and her discouraged cast the opportunity to finally fulfill their childhood wishes of stardom. They may not have nailed that Broadway audition, have been handed an Olympic gold medal, or have delivered their Oscar acceptance speech, but “Livin’ the Dream” will give them the opportunity to do just that. So what if they still sell khakis at the GAP? Who cares if they night stock at Michaels craft store? They continue to dance and they love it. They struggle to make it, but they are not alone. Come witness the cast of “Livin’ the Dream” reveal their true childhood fantasies, share their present struggles and actualize their lifelong dream.

Choreography: Kelly Anderson

Performances by:
Kelly Anderson
Daiva Bhandari
Zachary Bird
Ginny Cook
Stacy DeMorrow
Danielle Gilmore
Cheryl Nowlin
Michael O'Neill

Lighting Design:
Rachel K. Levy
Kelly Anderson Dance Theatre
Kelly Anderson Dance Theatre is a Chicago-based dance company inspired by variety, theater and comedy. KADT’s most recent work, VAUDEVILLE!, premiered at Links Hall in 2015, following the Chicago company debut, Message Me If... (2014). Prior to her arrival from NYC in 2012, Kelly created the evening-length collaborative production This is how we disappear and The Little Things with Portland-based performance company bobbevy. Kelly has created two solo shows with the Danceworks Performance Company (Milwaukee, WI), Vaudeville and The Bra Project. Her most notable independently produced works include a dance/theater/opera collaboration, 26, with Milwaukee Opera Theater, choreography for Gal Friday Film's Missed Connections, Red Knife Lottery's music video "Junkie Jazz", the creation of The Mondo Lucha Dancers for the Mondo Lucha Variety Show, two collaborative evening-lengths, Vacant and Bad Meat, choreography for A Wrinkle in Time with actor/director Mark Metcalf and The First Stage production of Peter Pan. Kelly has also co-produced five Variety Show's in Milwaukee (2002-2007), two in Portland, OR (2007 & 2008) and has continued to produce them independently since 2010. Her work has been performed in The Minnesota Fringe Festival, and her commissioned work, Shower, was presented at The Puffin Room in NYC. Since the company's arrival to Chicago, performance credits include D49 Festival (2014), Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival (2014), THAW (2016, 2015, 2014 & 2013), It's Happening! (2016) and Mediums (2016), both curated mixed medium events at Constellation.
Kelly Anderson, choreographer
Kelly Anderson, choreographer
Kelly Anderson is the artistic director of Kelly Anderson Dance Theatre, a contemporary modern dance company inspired by theater and comedy. KADT's most recent works include VAUDEVILLE! (2016) and the Chicago company premiere, Message Me If..., in 2014. Other Chicago credits include: Mediums (2016) & It's Happening! (2016), both curated mixed media performance events at Links Hall & Constellation, THAW (2016, 2015, 2014 & 2013), D49 (2014) and the Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival (2014). Her work has been performed in NYC, Milwaukee, WI, Portland, OR and Minneapolis, MN. She is a former company member of NYC's Gerald Casel Dance (now resident artist at ODC, San Francisco), Portland's bobbevy and the Milwaukee companies of Danceworks Performance Company, Wild Space, Your Mother Dances and Foothold Dance/Performance.
Daiva Bhandari is an actress and dancer originally from Louisiana. She attended Loyola University, New Orleans and after graduating with a BA in Drama and History (cum laude), Daiva studied Modern Dance at Tulane University and Viewpoints with EgoPo Productions. She moved to Chicago in 2006 and has worked with The Neo-Futurists, Theatre Y, Steppenwolf and The Building Stage. She is a company member of REIdance here in Chicago. This will be Daiva's second performance with Kelly Anderson Dance Theatre.

Zach Bird is a graduate of the University of Iowa BFA Dance program and has been living in Chicago since 2014. He is a current company member of Hedwig Dances and has worked with choreographers Mordine and Co. (Chicago) and Jennifer Kayle, Charlotte Adams, and Jessica Anthony while at Iowa. This will be Zach's first performance with Kelly Anderson Dance Theatre.

Ginny Cook moved to Chicago in 2007 to study at Columbia College. After working with Joe Goode, Carrie Hanson, Paige Cunningham and others, she graduated with a double major in Dance Performance and Marketing in 2011. Since graduation, Ginny has been performing in independent pick up projects and participates in many works created by The Inconvenience. Ginny has been a company member of Kelly Anderson Dance Theatre since 2014.

Stacy DeMorrow earned her Bachelor's degree at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, having performed in works by Billy Siegenfield, Susan Marshall and Mary Anthony. She also acted as a dance educator in Thailand as part of the Thailand Project, a mission to use higher education as humanitarian aid. Stacy has danced for Chicago companies, Perceptual Motion Dance Company, We Stand Sideways, Mordine and Company Dance Theater and Montom Arts . She is currently a member of REIdance Group and has been a company member of Kelly Anderson Dance Theatre since its Chicago premiere in 2014.

Danielle Gilmore comes to Chicago from Yuma, Arizona, where she attended the University of Arizona, receiving her BFA in dance performance with concentration in jazz, ballet, modern and dance injury. She trained under faculty members Susan Quinn Williams, Amy Ernst, Michael Williams, James Clouser, Melissa Lowe-Handock, Sam Watson and Nina Janik. Upon moving to Chicago, Danielle studied and performed with Hedwig Dances, River North Dance Company, Thodos Dance Chicago, JMT/JLS Choreography, Chicago Dance Crash and Mordine & Company Dance Theater. She is also a certified yoga instructor teaching Hatha and Vinyasa. Danielle is a company member of REIDance and has been a member of Kelly Anderson Dance Theatre since its Chicago premiere in 2014.

Cheryl Nowlin holds a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from The University of Southern Mississippi. Since moving to Chicago in 2012, she has performed with BONEdance, Hope Goldman, Core Project, Laboratory Dancers and We Stand Sideways Dance. Cheryl's choreographic credits include Runaways Lab Theatre's production of Red Death and Laboratory Dancers's production of Diffraction. She has been a member of Kelly Anderson Dance Theatre since 2014.

Michael O'Neill began his dance training in his youth when he was accepted to the Youth Performing Arts High School located in his hometown of Louisville, KY. In 2013, Michael graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Performance and Choreography from the Ohio University School of Dance where he had performed in the faculty work of Mickie Geller, Travis Gatling, Marina Walchli and Chengxin Wei, as well as the guest artist work of Gadys Bailin, Sean Curran, Adriana Durant and Urban Bush Women. Michael currently resides in Chicago where he has danced for companies We Stand Sideways and Mordine & Company Dance Theater. He is a current member of REIdance and has been a company member of Kelly Anderson Dance Theatre since 2014.
Rachel K. Levy, Lighting Design
Rachel K. Levy's performance credits include Kelly Anderson Dance Theatre's VAUDEVILLE! and Message Me If..., Khecari (Cronus Land, Orders from the Horse, cresset: vibrant, rusting), No Beast So Fierce (Oracle Theatre), STORM (Walkabout Theater), Accidentally, Like a Martyr (The Red Orchid Theatre), American Revolution (Theater Unspeakable), Ecstasy (Cole Theater), Language Archive, Ivanov and Melancholy (Piven Theatre), House of Blues New Orleans (Resident Lighting Designer), Piedra de Sol (Getty Villa, Los Angeles, CA), The Kind and I (Asst. LD, Vivian Beaumont, NYC), Walled Tightrope Live (Lighting Director, Chicago, IL), WarHorse (Assistant LD, Vivian Beaumont, NYC and Royal National Theatre, London, UK), South Pacific National Tour (Asst. LD), and So You Think You Can Dance Seasons 7-10 (Lighting Director, Los Angeles, CA). Rachel has received two Primetime Emmy Award Certificates for Best Lighting for a Variety, Music or Comedy Show (So You Think You Can Dance 2011, 2012) and holds a MFA in Production and Design from California Institute of the Arts.
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618