Performed summer 2015 at the Preston Bradley Center

THEM is a dance theatre exploration of the fear, discrimination and violence that result from categorizing ourselves and creating an “other” or “them” in our community. It will explore how we are externally stereotyped and how we internally segregate ourselves by class, race, religion, political affiliation, gender and orientation. With so many different perspectives and experiences, is there a way to actually see ourselves as one body? One species? 

Featuring: Marco Clemente, Cait Cucchiara, David Ingram, Rebecca McLindon, Alexis Staley and Malachi Squires.

Visual artist Ennis Martin, a life-long Chicago resident, painted a series of paintings which were animated by Radek Michalik and projected to create the environment of the piece. Craig Kidwell designed the lights, Chris Owens was the projectionist and Duncan Reilly created the original score and sound design.

THEM was supported by a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Award and an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.

What Critics said: 

Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love
— Rainer Maria Rilke