Thrilled to be a part of Chicago's International Puppet Festival 2017!

Puppet Quartet
Chicago Performance Lab residencies with
Liz Joyce, Jesse Mooney-Bullock, Molly Ross,  and Micheal Sommers

4pm Saturday, January 28th.  Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts followed by dinner for audience and artists

The Chicago International Puppet Festival, now is its biennial year, was created to showcase Chicago as a prominent center for puppetry and will present acclaimed local, national and international puppet shows across the city. Spend an immersive afternoon as you move from space to space to experience four works in various sites of performance within the Logan Center for the Arts featuring UChicago Performance Lab residencies with Liz Joyce, Jesse Mooney-Bullock, Molly Ross,  and Michael Sommers. After the performances you are invited to join the artistic staffs for dinner and celebrate puppets in Chicago.


UChicago Performance Lab (formerly Summer Inc.) began out of a desire to extend Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS) nurturing environment to Chicago’s professional performance community. Recognizing the importance of hospitality, particularly in a moment when the arts are faced with acute economic challenges, when basic expenses make the creation of new work more of a conceptual wish than a pragmatic reality, we invite companies into our artistic home. Selected developments represent the city’s boldness in its artistic approaches, frequently termed “devised work” that have been demonstrated through projects of solo performance, clown adaptations, dance, and multi-media work. All of the new work developed reflected the University’s commitment to interdisciplinary collaborations.  

As much as possible we try to provide beyond what is needed, to shift from a defending of territory or scarcity model to a “how many projectors is too many?” modality.  The residency includes a small stipend for any new or established theatre company or organization looking to develop a new work or an existing piece that needs more time to mature and has an intended performance date, providing an exclusive performance lab, as well as access to scene, costume and media shops with various technical, administration and student assistance as needed.

The summer of 2014 marked the beginning of a unique partnership between The House Theatre and Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS) with a three-year residency to develop work in July for the following season.  Dedicated to staging the impossible through a ruthless commitment to the development of stagecraft, this relationship brings the artists of House with the scholars and students of the University in a black box theatre to defy the boundaries of theory and practice.   Attentive to the works of performance in Chicago that cannot be contained in a theatre, CPL also connects with Salonathon Presents (http://www.salonathon.org/) under the curation of Jane Beachy, Will Von Vogt, and Joe Varisco to develop three new mixed media works.

Past work developed in residency is reflected in the artistic visions of companies in these reflections of process and represent the surge that Chicago is currently experience in approaches to new work creation. Sean Graney’s 12-hour All Our Tragic, three approaches to Moby Dick by the House Theater, Lookingglass Theater, and Blair Thomas & Company, to Manuel Cinema’s Lula del Ray, Cinderbox by Lucky Plush represent the range in work form the past and help set a future standard.


2016

In 2016, UChicago Performance Lab hosts The House Theatre of Chicago, Salonathon, The Syndicate, Walkabout Theatre Company, Colorguard, and The Hypocrites. Residents from July through August, these companies will explore a plethora of adaptations, media and epic stories.


2015

In 2015, UChicago Performance Lab hosts The House Theatre of Chicago, Salonathon, The Syndicate, the Gray Center, and The Hypocrites. Residents from July through August, these companies will explore a plethora of adaptations, media and epic stories.  


Summer 2014

In Summer 2014, Chicago Performance Lab hosted The House Theatre of Chicago, Salonathon, FlipFlap Productions, Manual Cinema, First Floor Theater & The Mill Theatre. Spanning July through August these companies explored a plethora of adaptations, new work and epic stories.  


Summer 2013


Summer 2012