Marginalia: An Evening of Performance

Julie Ferrell

Julie Ferrell hails from Tulsa, Oklahoma where she trained under Debi Myers and Tulsa Ballet. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in dance, and performed works by Melissa Thodos, Autumn Eckman, Talia Beck, James Moreno, David Justin, Lane Gifford, and COHAN/SUZEAU. Julie studied worked The Cambrians, Elements Contemporary Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Pat Graney. In Chicago, Julie works as a performing apprentice with Noumenon Dance Ensemble and a freelance dancer and choreographer. Additionally, she works as the Social Media Intern at Visceral Dance Center, and teaches at Chicago area studios

Eleanor Goudie-Averill

Eleanor Goudie-Averill is a dance educator and performer based in New York City. Since graduating with her MFA in Dance Performance from the University of Iowa, she has served as a professor at Temple University, Bucknell University, Franklin & Marshall College, and the University of Kansas. Her choreography has been shown at Movement Research, the A.W.A.R.D. Show! Philadelphia, RAW Material, and the Lawrence Arts Center. She is a regular collaborator and dancer with Tori Lawrence + Co. in dance films and site-specific works. Ellie currently teaches at the Little Red Schoolhouse, a progressive education school in the West Village.​

Chloe Johnston

Chloe Johnston is a writer, performer and director based in Chicago. She has worked with theatres throughout the city, including Steppenwolf, The Goodman, About Face, Lookingglass and she is a long-time ensemble member of the Neo-Futurists. Recent projects include Table Life, an interactive dinner party and performance and The Carter Family Family Show, a musical celebration of the first family of country music. She is a regular performer in Write Club and other live-lit events around Chicago. She is a professor of theatre and performance studies at Lake Forest College and holds a PhD in performance studies from Northwestern University.

Tori Lawrence

Tori Lawrence is a NYC-based choreographer/filmmaker who creates site-specific dances, interdisciplinary performances, and dance films. Her work inspires imaginative and sustainable ways of occupying space. Her projects have been presented nationally and internationally, including three site-specific performance commissions by the Barnes Foundation (Philadelphia) and a commission for the stage by the Lawrence Arts Center. She has taught at the University of Kansas and will be the artist-in-residence at Middlebury College (2019-2020). She has been awarded residencies at Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Charlotte Street Foundation, Dance Ireland, Workshop Foundation (Budapest), and Ucross Foundation. She received her M.F.A. in Choreography at the University of Iowa.

Lizzie Leopold

Lizzie Leopold is an artist-scholar, holding a PhD from Northwestern University and serving as Artistic Director/choreographer for Chicago-based modern dance company the Leopold Group. Her scholarly research includes a focus on intersections of concert dance and cultural/financial value. Her written work has been published by Oxford University Press, University Press of Florida and more. Her choreographic work has been awarded by the New York International Fringe Festival, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Workspace for Choreographers Artist Retreat, and more. Leopold also holds degrees from the University of Michigan (dance) and New York University (performance studies). She is also Adela’s mom.

James Moreno

James Moreno is a dance studies scholar and choreographer working at the intersection of practice and theory. He uses performance as a way to think, theorize, and ask questions about the ways that people use their bodies to create meaning, develop communities, and respond to social systems. He has presented his choreography and research nationally and internationally. His manuscript, The Dances of José Limon and Erick Hawkins is under contract with Routledge. Moreno holds a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and is Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Kansas.

Sarah O'Keefe

Sarah O'Keeffe hails from Boulder, Colorado where she trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, modern, and character. She received a BFA in Dance at the University of Kansas (KU). During her time at KU Sarah received many opportunities in performing, scholarships, choreography, and touring with the Dance Department. Since moving to Chicago in 2016, Sarah worked as a Performing Apprentice with Inaside Chicago Dance for their 2016-2017 season and continues to do free-lance performing in the city.

Tim Reid

Tim Reid makes theater, writes, teaches, and performs. He has been an ensemble member with The Neo-Futurists in Chicago and was an original member of the Los Angeles-based Wet The Hippo with whom he performed around California, Las Vegas, Chicago, and New York. In Los Angeles, he has made work for PAM Residencies, Machine Project, and Highways, and performed at Pieter, REDCAT, Night Gallery, and the Hammer Museum. He has an MFA from CalArts in Critical Studies with a concentration in Writing and Performativity.


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Taken from the act of writing marginalia in a book, Marginalia considers the marks, scrawls, and comments that readers interject into a text. Key questions artists address include: how can marginalia re-frame the center, or create multiple centers? How can the act of creating marginalia promote active rather passive readers? How can performance catalyze new ways of being, build community, and reveal options for moving forward?

Marginalia features work by: James Moreno + Julie Ferrell and Sarah O\'Keeffe Alejandra González, Chloe Johnston, Tori Lawrence + Eleanor Goudie-Averill, Lizzie Leopold

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