Movement Studies
Forthcoming 2021

Movement Studies presents screenings, performance, research, workshops, and reading groups created by artists in Chicagoland and across the Great Lakes region investigating social and environmental transitions. Initially planned to launch in Spring 2020, programming is being reconfigured to adapt to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19. The first season of Movement Studies will feature work by Mark Alcazar Diaz, Kayla Anderson, Joanna Furnans with Christopher Corey Allen, Ellie Lynch, Jordan Rosenow, Karen Sherman, Anna Marie Shogren, and HIJACK, Mel Leverich, José Santiago Pérez, Ruby T, Gwyneth Zeleny Anderson, FRUTAS, and others.  Image below: still from Drift by Mark Alcazar Diaz.


1224 W Loyola Ave, Chicago IL
Winter 2021

This video is an artifact of the hour-long performance of the same name that premiered atHAIR+NAILS (Minneapolis) in Summer 2019. Audiences strolled the gallery installed with a strapping-tape-and-light-walled room-within-a-room designed by Ryan Fontaine and Heidi Eckwall within which HIJACK (Kristin Van Loon & Arwen Wilder) danced. This dance was visible via multiple live-feed video views in basement and backroom installations or to the naked eye via peepholes or barely-there blurriness through the walls. The blacked-out backroom view was on a tiny tv that shared the feed of three CCTV cameras on a switcher. The tv shared space with shelves of candle-lit donuts with frosting the same shocking pink as the mainroom installation and the costumes. The room smelled of soil and sugar. The switching CCTV camera live-feed was recorded on vhs.

JEALOUSY will be projected each afternoon and evening, visible directly from the street at 1224 W Loyola Ave while the space itself remains closed to the public. 

HIJACK is the Minneapolis-based choreographic collaboration of Kristin Van Loon and Arwen Wilder. Over the last 26 years they have created over 100 dances and performed in venues ranging from proscenium to barely-legal. HIJACK manipulates context by employing a site-specific approach to every performance and toying with audiences' expectations. HIJACK has performed in New York (at DTW, PS122, HERE ArtCenter, Catch/Movement Research Festival, La Mama, Dixon Place, Chocolate Factory), Japan, Russia, Central America, Ottawa, Chicago, Colorado, New Orleans, Seattle, Philadelphia, San Francisco, at Fuse Box Festival in Austin Texas, and Bates Dance Festival in Maine and Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation. In 2013, Walker Art Center commissioned “redundant, ready, reading, radish, Red Eye” to celebrate twenty years of HIJACK and Contact Quarterly published the chapbook “Passing for Dance: A HIJACK Reader”. For more information, please visit

Heidi Eckwall designs lighting for dance, theater and performance. Sometimes she tours in the US and abroad, sometimes she works and teaches at Colorado College, sometimes she works biking distance from the house she shares with Arwen Wilder and their two children. Recent projects include #PUNK100%POP*N!GGA with Nora Chipaumire, Birds of the Future with Charles Campbell and Momentum: New Dance Works (J. H. Shui Xiān, Herbert Johnson III, Leslie Parker, Jonathan van Arneman).

Ryan Fontaine is a visual artist, musician, and co-director of HAIRandNAILS Contemporary Art with Kristin Van Loon. Ryan makes paintings, sculptures and multi-media installations using a wide range of materials, synthetic/industrial as well as natural, including living plants. The work is primarily concerned with the relationship between object and information. For more information, please visit

Karen Sherman
Hildas and Trojans + The Part That’s Human
1224 W Loyola Ave, Chicago IL
Winter 2021

Hildas and Trojans and The Part That’s Human will be projected each afternoon and evening, visible directly from the street at 1224 W Loyola Ave while the space itself remains closed to the public.

Karen Sherman makes work that incorporates her background in dance, writing, theater, music, and the handyman arts. Hands-on in all aspects of her work, she choreographs and performs, builds sets and props, designs sound, and writes text. Her explorations in craft and visual art, including glassblowing, woodworking, and sculpture, illuminate how the body extends to and through other materials, culminating in an interdependent world where objects elucidate bodies, choreography is language, and words become tools. Her work as a freelance stage technician, technical director, and production manager for 25 years allows her to instinctively strategize the technical execution of her own work as she creates it, as well as directly serve other artists and the field as a whole. In conjunction with her show Soft Goods, which explored work, death, loss, and the occupational self-obliteration of stagehands, she partnered with Behind the Scenes, a national support organization, to create a mental health/chemical dependency counseling fund, the first in the nation specifically for technical production workers.

Her work has been presented nationally by Walker Art Center, P.S. 122, Center for the Art of Performance UCLA, PICA/TBA Festival, Fusebox Festival, The Chocolate Factory Theater, Hair+Nails Gallery, American Realness, The Southern Theater, Diverseworks, Movement Research, Highways Performance Space, ODC, and many others. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the 2020 Herb Alpert Award in Dance; a Bessie Award for her performance in Morgan Thorson's Faker; multiple McKnight Foundation Fellowships in Choreography and Dance; a Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship; Sage Awards for her work as a choreographer, performer, and scenic designer; multiple MacDowell Colony Fellowships; and residencies through Vermont Performance Lab, Movement Research, ADI/Lumberyard, and the Bogliasco Foundation program in Liguria, Italy. She was a 2016-2017 Hodder Fellow in The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University where she is currently an inaugural Caroline Hearst Choreographer-in-Residence in its dance program. Her writing has been featured in such forums as e-flux journal, Movement Research Performance Journal, Hair+Nails Gallery Zine, Good Job, Criticism Exchange,, and The Triumph of Poverty: Poems Inspired by the Work of Nicole Eisenman. For more information, please visit

First image, above: video still from Hildas and Trojans; second image, below: video still from The Part That’s Human.

Anna Marie Shogren
1224 W Loyola Ave, Chicago IL
Winter 2021

Professionals, a video work, projects dancers into the role health care workers, underlining overlapped skills, and questioning how those skills are approached in each field. Filmed on January 7, 2019 in the performance space at the A-Mill Artists Lofts in Minneapolis with the help of collaborators Alan Yu Wah Tse, Alys Ayumi Ogura, Emily Michaels King, Julia Gavin Bither, Linden Baierl, with music by Hildegard von Bingen, and filmed by Tamara Ober.

Professionals will be projected each afternoon and evening, visible directly from the street at 1224 W Loyola Ave while the space itself remains closed to the public.

Anna Marie Shogren is a dance artist connected to caregiving, social dance, and touch, researching this work most recently as an Art and Health Resident at the Weisman Art Museum, working in collaboration with the University of MN School of Nursing. She's presented much dance and experiential installation in while living in Minneapolis and NY, and has performed internationally with numerous choreographers.

She has recently begun a Masters program in Interdisciplinary Art at Goddard College and holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota In 2010 she received a fellowship for a residency in Skagastrond, Iceland at the Nes Artist Residency. She was part of the Brooklyn based art collective, Non Solo from 2010-2013. She is invested in care work and health justice; working in senior care (PCA, CNA, therapy-based movement), as a caregiver to individuals with dementia, autism, and developmental delays, and a mother. She has also enjoyed writing on performance and art for, Conversations across the field of Dance Studies, Critical Correspondence, NY Arts Magazine.