City Alive with Dreams at Chicago Cultural Center, August 17, 2014
Performers: Richard Blakeney, Christian Cruz, Tricia Van Eck, Jessica Kearney, Carron Little, Natalia Nicholson, Alana Parekh, Nora Sharp, Amy Sinclair and Emberley Sinclair
Stage Management: Andrew Meyler
Videography by Laura Moore & photography Jamie Gannon
The performance was created by Carron Little who wrote all the music and poetry and edited the video
City Alive with Dreams was created by Carron Little (aka The Queen of Luxuria)
In started City Alive With Dreams in 2014. This project evolved out of Dream Minds that was planted in 2010 in a performance at This Is Not A Studio where The Queen of Luxuria created a installation in which she interviewed people about their sleep dreams and wrote poetry for them on the spot. The response was amazing from people stating ‘You are an Angel’, to other participants placing their poems above their beds to inspire them every morning as they awoke. The Queen of Luxuria was then invited to do a durational performance at Jackson Junge Gallery in 2011 where she invited public walking down the street to be interviewed. In 2012 The Queen of Luxuria embarked on a year long project entitled Dream minds dedicating to interviewing one person each week and then writing the poetry over a longer period of time.
The Queen of Luxuria was artist in residence with DCASE, Chicago Department for Cultural Affairs and Special Events for six months to develop the project. She worked with the Dream Minds participants to manifest their dreams into interactive public performance throughout Chicago. While artist in residence at Ragdale she begun to correlate the collective archetypes creating participatory performance pieces. She worked with the choir Richard Blakeney, Christian Cruz, Dan Godston, Lisa Kortschak, Graham Nelson, Tanner Spears, Tricia Van Eck and Sara Zalek to develop choral work from 11 pieces of the Dream Minds poetry and devised two public performances that happened at The Claudia Cassidy Theater and Hyde Park Art Center in June. She then worked with Jessica Kearney, Natalia Nicholson, Alana Parekh, Nora Sharp, Olive Stefanski, Amy Sinclair and Emberly Sinclair to create various public performances that happened around Chicago. Above is the performance created for the Chicago Cultural Center on August 17, 2014.
Performance Dates in 2014
June 4 from 12noon to 1pm at Claudia Cassidy Theater in the Cultural Center
June 7 from 2pm to 4pm at Hyde Park Art Center
July 26 & 27 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm Wicker Park Fest curated by Defibrillator as part of their AirPockets Project
August 17 from 3pm to 5pm interactive public performance at the Cultural Center
August 22 from 5pm to 7pm in Butterfield Park
August 24 from 6pm to 8pm at 6018North
Performances in 2015
February 8 as part of 2nd Floor Rear Festival – Logan Square Episcopal Church of the Advent from 8pm to 10pm.
For more information about this project please visit the tumblr page: http://cityalivewithdreams.tumblr.com
Performance at Hyde Park Art Center and Chicago Cultural Center
Photos by Andrew Meyler and Jamie Gannon