Zoetic Dance Ensemble at last year's Going Dutch Festival
A video survey of Side Street Studio Arts’ 2015 season starts with two women in the backseat of a car, making fart noises into their arms and laughing. You think, Uh-oh
. But what follows is a pretty impressive collection of images showing performances, concerts, gallery shows, and crowds.
The Elgin-based SSSA brings its combination of arts and brrraappp
s to Wicker Park this weekend, partnering with Core Project Chicago on the Going Dutch Festival. Next year SSSA is expected to take over the female-centric festival entirely.
According to Erin Rehberg, a founder of both SSSA and Core Project and one of the laughing ladies in the video, “Going Dutch was originally developed . . . to address the underrepresentation of female choreographers in the dance world. As the idea grew into a festival over the years, it expanded to include the work of self-identified female artists working in music, theater, site-specific, and visual art as well as dance.”
Along with an 11-artist exhibition, the 2016 Going Dutch is presenting a roster of more than 30 performing individuals and companies. Most deal in dance, but there’s an opening reception (Thu 5:30 PM) with music by the Jades and Beach Bunny. And the Friday 9:30 PM show is all burlesque; Storybook Heroin offers off-color versions of Disney staples like Cinderella as part of an evening (Sat 7 PM) that also features interesting local choreographers Megan Beseth and Shanna Fragen.
If I were you I’d also look out for Detroit’s Kristi Faulkner Dance (Sat 8:30 PM), Atlanta’s Zoetic Dance Ensemble (Thu 7:30 PM, Fri 8 PM, and Sat 8:30 PM), and another act from the south: sisters Babette Beaulieu and Becky Beaulieu Valls, doing an iteration of their ongoing family saga Memoirs of the Sistahood
(Fri 8 PM, Sat 8:30 PM). Rehberg will be represented as well (Thu 7:30 PM, Sat 8:30 PM)—not blowing into her forearm this time but staging her latest, The Boys Could
Going Dutch Festival 7/28-7/30: Thu 5:30 and 7:30 PM; Fri 7, 8, and 9:30 PM; Sat 4, 5:30, 7, and 8:30 PM, Collaboraction, 1579 N. Milwaukee, $8-$10. Also, site-specific performance at a location to be determined, Thu 7:45 PM and Fri 7:30 PM, free.