Victoria Eleanor Bradford is a Louisiana-born, Chicago-based choreographer and visual artist whose structured improvisations take shape as experimental dinner parties, site-specific dance films, football training manuals used as choreographic instruction, and dancers translating words into a kind of gibberish performance language. Bradford prefers to work in collaboration with other artists or her audience, viewing choreography as social event, as research, and as a means to pose questions about one’s place in society and the role of our personal narratives. By mining the body’s vernacular, her work reframes the symbolic gestures that allow for our theatrical engagement of the everyday. Her most recent exhibitions include: "Running Begins Elsewhere, Twelve Variations" at the Chicago Artists Coalition; "I’d Rather Dance with You than Talk with You, Uptown 5" at Open House Chicago; and "DINNER DANCE," both at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and at the home of Tom and Jeannie Cottingham, Charlotte, North Carolina. Bradford holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BFA from the University of Notre Dame. Learn more about __’s HATCH exhibitions Twelve Variations: HATCH Residents in Context and Live/Work.