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 series will begin with moving image work shared at Roman Susan in Spring 2021.

The image above is a video still from Drift by Mark Alcazar Diaz, which will be shared as a part of Movement Studies in the near future.

Christopher Corey Allen
una cosa che sente
1224 W Loyola Ave, Chicago IL
March 29, 2021 - April 4, 2021

Christopher Corey Allen is a transdisciplinary artist whose work is concerned with disruptive narratives, radical perspectives, and the speculative performance of self. CCA utilizes video, print media, and performance to explore ways of escaping normative conceptualizations of the subject as bound, contained, and intended for progress. Socially engaged and theoretically informed, their practice draws on a range of influences, including experiences growing up in the 90’s rave movement and DIY punk culture. CCA is influenced by years of athletic training, clowning and other theater-based work.

una cosa che sente 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.

Currently, CCA’s work employs the use of colorful camouflage-like patterns, refered to as ‘speculative camouflages.’ They are tessellations, repeating shapes that fit into each other, made up of images of different bodies. These camouflages represent errors of representation, both functionally and conceptually. They reference bodily anxiety, taboo, and the labor of daily gender performance to investigate shapeshifting strategies one uses to survive the politics of daily performance.

CCA received their MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2018, where they subsequently received a distinguished Tobey Devin Lewis Fellowship. They have been the recipient of numerous awards including the New Beginnings Award from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services in 2018, the Lenore G. Tawney Foundation award in 2017, and an MN Artist Iniative Grant in 2015. Exhibitions and performances include Montage Halle in Berlin, Germany, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis MN, Roman Susan in Chicago IL, and Detroit Artists Market in Detroit MI. Residencies include Künstlerhaus Fehrbelliner in Berlin, Germay, Mass MoCA in North Adams MA, Frans Masereel Center in Kasterlee, Belgium; The White Page in Minneapolis MN and Pino in Florence, Italy. Additionally CCA was a co-facilitator of SpaceSpaceSpace in Detroit, a conference centering around alternative pedagogy, self-organizing, and exploring ways of disrupting productions of knowledge within academic structures.


1224 W Loyola Ave, Chicago IL
April 5, 2021 - April 11, 2021

This video is an artifact of the hour-long performance of the same name that premiered at HAIR+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

Jordan Rosenow
A Place to Fall Into
1224 W Loyola Ave, Chicago IL
April 12, 2021 - April 18, 2021

A Place to Fall Into 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. This video is documentation of a movement work by Jordan Rosenow presented on June 28, 2018 at the Walker Art Center as part of Terrace Thursdays curated by Jacqueline Stahlmann. A Place to Fall Into was a series of unfixed performances concentrated on proximity, slowness, and the tension between bodies and sculpture. For three hours performers moved at a glacial pace through the building’s terrace, adjacent galleries, and amongst the crowd. Occasionally two performers would cross paths and join for an extended duet before continuing on a solo route.

Performers include Judith Holo Lue Choy, Lauren Coleman, Caitlin Dippo, Malakai Greiner, Katrina Matejcik, Amal Rogers, Jordan Rosenow, and Joél Valdez. Costumes were created by Katrina Matejcik and the work was filmed by Justin Sengly.

Jordan Rosenow is a sculptor and performance artist who focuses on queering building materials through choreographic gestures. They investigate relationships of materials and movement by using simple motions such as touching, bending, leaning and standing. Rosenow's choreography is exploring the overlap between dance and sculpture by performing stillness and repetitive movements. Jordan Rosenow is currently based in New York, NY and is from Minneapolis, MN. Rosenow has had exhibitions and installed public art at The White Page, Rochester Art Center, ACRE Projects, The Soap Factory, and Franconia Sculpture Park. Their performance work was recently presented at Lynden Sculpture Garden and the Walker Art Center. For more information, visit

First image: Katrina Matejcik and Joél Valdez at Walker Art Center; second image: Judith Holo Lue Choy at Walker Art Center – photos by Justin Sengly (2018). Home page image: Jordan Rosenow – photo by Bobby Rogers, courtesy of Walker Art Center.

Karen Sherman
Hildas and Trojans + The Part That’s Human

1224 W Loyola Ave, Chicago IL
April 19, 2021 - April 25, 2021

Hildas and Trojans and The Part That’s Human are part of a larger work that plumbs the consanguinity between humans, animals, events, objects, beliefs, and the ways we sustain or destroy each other.

Karen Kaz Sherman's work incorporates her background in dance, writing, theater, music, and the handyman arts. Hands-on in all aspects of her performances, she choreographs and performs, builds sets and props, designs sound and video, and writes text. Her consideration of 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 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. Honors include the 2020 Herb Alpert Award in Dance; McKnight Foundation Fellowships in Choreography and Dance; a NY Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award; multiple MacDowell 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 and is 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

Anna Marie Shogren
1224 W Loyola Ave, Chicago IL
April 26, 2021 - May 2, 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.

Ellie Durko Finch
And So Which / W*tching Body

1224 W Loyola Ave, Chicago IL
May 3, 2021 - May 9, 2021

Video works improvised and posted to social media from 2018-2021, projected each afternoon and evening, visible directly from the street at 1224 W Loyola Ave while the space remains closed to the public. And So Which / W*tching Body is being shared as part of Movement Studies – a series featuring artists in Chicago and across the Great Lakes region.

Until I Vision: Reflections on Ellie Durko Finch’s “And So Which / W*tching Body” at Roman Susan by Stevie Ada Klaark (PDF)

Ellie Durko Finch (she/her they/them) is a Non Binary Transgender Femme artist and a 2005 alumnus of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Department of Theatre Arts & Dance. From 2005 to 2013 she performed in, co-created, & executed design for numerous Twin Cities live performance & dance works. She contributed to hundreds of performances & other events as a hourly employee of Bryant Lake Bowl Theater from 2008 to 2012, and became a cog in the Minneapolis' 20 year running queer performance group, Dykes Do Drag. Together with Kristin Van Loon they co-curated secret fARt Fest video nights in the "New Smuda Theater" at BLB.

Ellie received a 2006 Jerome Foundation Naked Stages Performance Art fellowship and received a 2015 Sage Award for Dance with the design team for Megan Mayer's 2014 work "Soft Fences."  In 2019 she contributed as a community member on the City of Minneapolis Trans Equity Council and wrote her pre-Covid-19 2020 essay Where Will You Dance as part of dance-analog-digital-real-time-ness series at by guest editor Kristin Van Loon. In 2021 she is focusing on roller skating, personal practices, ritual, and witching the trans dancing body.

Can be reached for questions via on Instagram and earlamyfinch at Gmail. Thanks to Roman Susan, Kristin Van Loon, Stevie Ada Klaark, Leah Krizak, Allison Aye, and myriad Instagram followers for offering support of this work.