About this event

“Earth has a volume; Hell has a volume.”

Heavy Objects (and light movements) is a reflection of the life and work of artist and activist David Wojnarowicz (1954-1992), and also a self-portrait that studies duration, accumulated fatigue, and entering and exiting periods of darkness. In this piece, dancers occupy states where difficult positions, repeated movements or movement constructs are held over several minutes or chunks of an hour and we watch the images burn into the space or melt, or inevitably dissipate. These “anatomies of disintegration” represent the weight of living and the general fatigue many feel, but then at times the overwhelming ecstasy and joy that can come from enduring, overcoming. As Martha Graham said, “the body never lies,” and at points of peak weariness, it has no choice but to emit sometimes debilitating truths.

 

About Director of House of DOV 
Drew Lewis

Drew Lewis is a performer, choreographer, composer and educator originally from Oak Park, IL. He graduated magna cum laude from Cornish College of the Arts in 2016. He performed extensively with Sidra Bell Dance New York from 2016-2019, during which time he guest lectured at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA as part of the company’s teaching cohort. Additional performance credits include The Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Joel Hall Dancers, C-LS, Project 44, Attack Theatre and independent projects by Lucy Riner. Drew has choreographed for DanceWorks Chicago, Common Conservatory, Loyola University, Skidmore College, New Dances 2020, ChoreoLab, Oak Park and River Forest High School, and New Trier High School. In 2020, Drew created his own small ensemble House of DOV, which had their debut performance in July of 2021 at the Adler Planetarium and was selected a finalist for the Chicago Reader’s Best of 2021 in the Best Dance Production category. House of DOV has since performed at Fulton Street Collective, U-Haul Artist Lofts, Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble and most recently at Navy Pier as part of See Chicago Dance’s Wave Wall Moves. Drew is currently an Artist in Residence at The Rooted Space in Ravenswood.

Due to the high volume and wide breadth of work we present, we are often not able to proactively offer content advisories for individual performances. However, if you have specific concerns about stage effects (such as strobe lights or fog/haze) that might have a bearing on comfort or well-being, or if you would like to know more about the age appropriateness of the performance, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

Content Advisory

Due to the high volume and wide breadth of work we present, we are often not able to proactively offer content advisories for individual performances. However, if you have specific concerns about stage effects (such as strobe lights or fog/haze) that might have a bearing on comfort or well-being, or if you would like to know more about the age appropriateness of the performance, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.