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Empress Archer


Empress Archer


EMPRESS ARCHER

Empress Archer is an international project featuring dancers Ariel Freedman, an Israeli citizen who lives in Tel Aviv and freelances globally (previous work includes: Batsheva Dance Company, Kidd Pivot, Motley Dance, and Keigwin + Company), and Meredith Webster, a San Francisco based dancer (previous work includes: Spectrum Dance Theatre and Alonzo King LINES Ballet). Empress Archer involves numerous movement generators from around the world who will create work with Freedman and Webster, which will then be remixed in classic Cambrians fashion by Founder and Creative Director Benjamin Wardell

The project has created dance through a residencies in Vermont, San Francisco, Tel Aviv, and Montreal. In each residency, a handful of choreographers and movement experts worked with Ariel and Meredith on the creation of duets or intensive training in various dance forms. In January 2017, Ariel and Meredith will come to Chicago to mix all this dance into a final performance, premiering February 2017.

The source material generators for Empress Archer are Roy AssafChristian BurnsCharlotte Griffin, David Harvey, Magdalena JarkowiecLedohMelinda Jean MyersOhad NaharinElla RothschildIlya VidrinZack Winokur, and Aviv Abeba Yossef.

Empress Archer premiered February 16-19, 2017 at Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. 

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The Nexus Project


The Nexus Project


The Nexus Project

with Ben and Michel

The Nexus Project was the very first project created by The Cambrians and was the origination of the Nexus process. The show itself is a family-friendly performance of dance and storytelling, featuring in-depth stories from Ben and Michel's lives. Performed in the round, it provides and intimate look into the experience of dance performance. Performed in the round, each show is different, as Ben and Michel decide which stories to tell based off various, light-heartened interactions with the audience.

Ben and Michel's source material choreographers were:

Francisco Avina, Nicolas Blanc, Autumn Eckman, Jonathan Fredrickson, Daniel 'Brave Monk' Haywood, Khecari, Ron de Jesus, Harrison McEldowney, Matthew McMunn, Julia Rhoads, Adam Rose, Penny Saunders, and Robyn Mineko Williams

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The Losers


The Losers


The Losers

with Autumn and Jamy

The Losers, keeping in The Cambrians' signature style, is a family-friendly performance of storytelling and contemporary dance. The Losers with Autumn and Jamy used the Nexus process to remix duets by nine talented choreographers and respected members of Chicago's dance community. Autumn and Jamy, in collaboration by The Cambrians' Creative Director, Benjamin Holliday Wardell, intricately weave their nine duets with numerous true-life personal stories to follow the arc of an absurdist fictional tale by author Aimee Bender titled Loser. Expect to laugh.

Autumn and Jamy's source material choreographers were:

Shannon Alvis, Bril Barrett, Peter Carpenter, Ron De Jesus, Ayako Kato, Alice Klock, Shirley Mordine, Onye Ozuzu, and Ahmad Simmons.

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Clover


Clover


Clover

with Ben, Michel, and Mindy

Clover is a family-friendly performance of idea sharing and contemporary dance collaboratively choreographed and created by Benjamin Holliday Wardell, Michel Rodriguez Cintra, and Melinda Jean Myers. The performance puts contemporary dance into a conversational environment, allowing for an direct experience between the audience and performers. Clover dives deep into individual life expressions, complex and lighthearted relationship explorations and even finds the humor and comfort in the occasional discomfort between well-known friends.

Press

"It’s not often that you chance on dance performance that promises innovation and truly delivers on originality."

                                                                                        –See Chicago Dance

Clover was also named one of The Chicago Tribune's Top 10 Dance Performances of 2015.