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B-SERIES Fall 2022 B-ALL ACCESS: Bill Shannon’s Maker Moves
November 3 @ 7:30 pm
One event on November 5, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Former Chicagoan and internationally renowned dance artist Bill Shannon returns to the Windy City to perform his hour-long semi-autobiographical solo work, Maker Moves. Clad with his arsenal of modified crutches and a skateboard, Shannon attempts his most virtuosic feats, exploring the essential role that trial-and-error plays in creative innovation.
POST-PERFORMANCE PANEL DISCUSSION
Saturday, November 5 directly following the performance, we will host a panel discussion with Bill Shannon, Jacob “Kujo” Lyons and Fabulous Freddie (Moderated by Kelsa Robinson)
Audio Description and ASL at both performances and post-show panel discussion.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Bill Shannon (he, him) is an interdisciplinary artist and maker who explores body-centric work through video installation, sculpture, linguistics, sociology, choreography, dance, and politics. Shannon has been awarded a United States Artist Award in Dance, a Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography, a Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellowship in Performance Art, and has worked as a choreographer and performer for Cirque Du Soleil. Bill’s contributions to dance include a very specific movement vocabulary evolved through his creative use of crutches as a child after the discovery of a physical disability that effected his ability to bear weight in his hips. His subsequent immersion in the emergent youth cultures of hip-hop and skateboarding further contributed to his autodidactic form on crutches. The result of this fusion was a singular style of mobility, performance art, and dance that required multiple new designs and fabrications of modified crutches to sustain technical advances in his movement practices. Bill continues to enjoy facilitating workshops and classes while also attending underground dance events and pulling off the occasional impromptu street performance.