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Photos from the Modet Dance Collective's half of Collected and Conscious.
Dress Rehearsal, Thursday, June 11 & Opening Night, Friday, June 12, 2015.
Dancers: Miranda Baldwin, Amy Dahlem, Lily Jean, Dina Kats, Erica Reid, Melissa Talleda, Laura Wagner, and Anna Zordan.
Choreography by Amy Dahlem, Lily Jean, Dina Kats, Erica Reid, Rebecca Robertstad, and Anna Zordan.
Lighting by Henry Bateman.
Photos by Greg Inda.

Collected and Conscious Dress Rehearsal, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious Dress Rehearsal, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious Dress Rehearsal, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious Dress Rehearsal, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious Dress Rehearsal, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious Dress Rehearsal, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious Dress Rehearsal, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Photos by Greg IndaCollected and Conscious Dress Rehearsal, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

The above photos are from an improvised dance Melissa and I did based on audience answers to a posted question.

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious Dress Rehearsal, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious Dress Rehearsal, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious Dress Rehearsal, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious Dress Rehearsal, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

From my piece Ebb and Flow.

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious Dress Rehearsal, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious Dress Rehearsal, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious Dress Rehearsal, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

From Lily's piece, Bo'i (Come With Me).

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious Dress Rehearsal, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

From Dina's piece, F**ck it All.

Collected and Conscious Dress Rehearsal, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious Dress Rehearsal, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

From my piece Take Care.

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious Dress Rehearsal, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious Dress Rehearsal, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious Dress Rehearsal, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

From Rebecca's piece Time.

Collected and Conscious Dress Rehearsal, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious Dress Rehearsal, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious Dress Rehearsal, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

From Anna's piece, Losing It.

Collected and Conscious Dress Rehearsal, Thursday, June 11, 2015. Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

From Amy's piece, Fiya Wata.

Collected and Conscious, June 12, 2015 Photos by Greg Inda

I will eventually get around to posting photos here, but I am putting them over on our Kickstarter page first. Please enjoy photos of the Modet Dance Collective half of Collected and Conscious, opening night, June 12, 2015. Photos by the incredible Greg Inda.

Get your tickets now!

AHH! The show is this week! And it is going to be AMAZING. We had our last rehearsal before tech Sunday night, and it was full of laughter and happy tears. We have really put something special together in this show, and I think it is some of the best and most important work I have ever done.

Tickets are selling! Get yours HERE.

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Collected and Conscious
Friday June 12-Sunday June 14
7:00pm
Links Hall

Collected and Conscious

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Modet at THAW 2015

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On March 19th, Modet Dance Collective was honored to perform at Links Hall's annual performance art and dance showcase THAW. We had an amazing evening, and performed White Flash from last year's show, choreographed by Melissa Talleda and myself. Enjoy these pics!

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Above photos all by Fuzzy Gerdes.

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Above photos by Jen Grob.

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After the Performance, photo by Amy's friend Liz.

We are almost to our Kickstarter Goal!

Thank you to everyone who has supported Modet and Shmib's fundraiser for Collected and Conscious this June! We have just over $400 to go, so if you were considering donating but haven't yet, now's the time! Thank you again!  

A Fundraising Campaign for Modet!

I am running a Kickstarter campaign to support my upcoming dance performance entitled Collected and Conscious June 12-14 at Links Hall in Chicago. Here is the link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2130177332/collected-and-conscious  This project is so very near and dear to my heart. Here is why:

If you are a reader of my blog, you know that growing up, dance was my life. I wanted to be a professional dancer. I performed in the Nutcracker every year and our annual dance recital was a highlight of every spring. Unfortunately, due to the constant pain in my crummy knees and the potential for more dislocations than I already had, I had to stop dancing full time when I was 18. I still dabbled in classes here and there, and I choreographed when I was able. I switched my focus to comedy when I was in college and moved to Chicago almost 15 years ago to study that craft full time, while choreographing musicals and sketch shows on the side for extra money.

Through the years, I have not only created a successful comedy career that I continue to work in to this day (see: any other post on this blog), but I have established myself as a sought-after choreographer in the burlesque, musical theatre, comedy, and kids theatre worlds. I've danced a little bit, but mostly focused on choreography for others.

In 2013, the planets aligned, and I started my own dance company with a group of amazing women who were looking for a stress-free place to dance and create dances together. The Modet Dance Collective debuted at the Bridgeport Arts Center in conjunction with the Artemesia After 40 Art Opening, and partnered with the Living Room Playmakers to create our first full-length show, Future Perfect Tension, which was performed at Stage773 on June 15, 2014.

In the fall of 2014, Melissa Talleda, a member of Modet, brought her previous dance company from Baltimore, Shmib Dance, to Chicago. Shmib is a modern dance company, which is not a discipline I trained in, but I am having the most amazing time dancing in the company. So now I am dancing in TWO companies, and I could not be happier about it. Yes, my knees still hurt and grind, but I am better about care, rehab and management of the issue, and I know my limits and how to push them.

I feel like it is a rebirth being able to reconnect to the art form I love most. Here I am, 35 years old, living my dreams and feeling stronger and better than ever!

Modet and Shmib are teaming up for this summer's show, Collected and Conscious, at Chicago's dance theatre, Links Hall. The show will be presented in 2 parts: The Modet part of the show is centered around the things in life that we are tortured or burdened by, and when we feel like we are in control and when we don't. Pieces for this portion are choreographed by different members of the collective and are in a variety of styles. The Shmib portion of the show is inspired by the concept of exponential growth, and will be presented in one 45 minute piece. This portion of the show will be performed to live accompaniment from the band Teach Me Equals.

I love working with these amazing dancers and creating the art that I want to create. The pieces that we are creating are emotional, beautiful and silly, and it is the best form of therapy that I have experienced (and I've been in a LOT of therapy!)
I am also pleased to announce that a piece that Melissa and I choreographed for our show last summer was selected to be performed in Links Hall's annual benefit gala THAW on March 19th! We are so excited! Here is the full lineup:

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SO! The Kickstarter. We are looking to raise money to help with production costs for a weekend of shows in Chicago. Rent, costumes, designers, marketing--it all adds up. If you live in Chicago, first I would like you to come see the show this June. But if you don't, or you are unavailable that weekend, it would mean the world to me if you would consider making a donation to our event. My birthday is in April, so consider it an early birthday present! :)

Our campaign ends March, 22, but the sooner we can secure the money, the better. And remember, with Kickstarters, if you don't reach your goal, you don't get a dime.
THANK YOU for your consideration, and THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU!!!!
xoxoxoox

Modet Dance Collective: Future Perfect Tension

Here it is! The archival footage of Modet Dance Collective's Future Perfect Tension. This is the full program--I will be posting individual videos soon. This was shot by Fuzzy Gerdes and filmed at the beautiful Bridgeport Art Center.

Modet Dance Collective presents Future Perfect Tension from Modet Dance Collective on Vimeo.

Future Perfect Tension Photos

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The amazing Greg Inda photographed Modet & LRP's Future Perfect Tension last week. The photos are all so amazing, I could post every single one here, but here are a select few (with incredible lighting by Henry Bateman):

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With Living Room Playmakers!

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A sincere thank you to all!

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Modet: We Did It!

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Thank you to everyone who came out to Future Perfect Tension last night! The show was incredible, and I feel like a million bucks. Well, I am sore and exhausted, but it is a good kind of sore and exhausted. :)  I will post more on this soon, but please enjoy these photos of before and after the show!!

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Nerds.

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