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From The Color Purple to Precious to The Help, what’s missing in representations of Black women in popular culture today? In Ladies Ring Shout–a performance using a combination of spoken word, movement and original soundtrack–Felicia Holman, Abra Johnson and Meida … Continue reading
The world premier of our first independent production opened one week ago today at Joseph Ravens’ Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery. For each of those three nights, I saw/spoke with audience members who were familiar with our work via our previous … Continue reading
Check out the review from the Dance section of this week’s edition of TimeOut Chicago below! : “Felicia Holman, Abra Johnson and Meida McNeal premiere their long-gestating portrait of contemporary women of color. Excerpts shown during its two-year creative process … Continue reading
I’ve been stitching, sewing, knitting and otherwise making for longer than I can remember. Both parents were what you might call crafty individuals, but it was my grandmothers who encouraged and indulged my passion for all things textile. In my … Continue reading
Chris Nightengale was born and raised in Norfolk, Nebraska (Johnny Carson’s hometown). He transferred to Chicago to attend Columbia College for Photography in Fall of 1999, working as an Arts Professional and taking photos on the side. This collaboration came together via … Continue reading
Born in 1979, I am a second-generation mestiza, Filipina-American. I live and work in my birthplace–Chicago–and travel internationally investigating constructions of personal and cultural identity. Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, my sensibility was shaped by the physicality … Continue reading