“The Yellow Wallpaper” and “The Attic Room”
Call for Visual Artists- “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “The Attic Room” Exhibition Dates: November 5th -20th, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble and RE|dance group are seeking visual artists' work for a gallery exhibition that will accompany their dance performances.
About the dance performances:
Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble is revising their September 2003 production of “The Yellow Wallpaper”. This dance performance is an adaptation based on Charlotte Perkins Gilman's gripping 1890 short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper”. Written from the perspective of a woman, “The Yellow Wallpaper” tells the story of her gradual descent into psychosis. The Womens’ husband and her physician, forces her to take a “rest cure” when she suffers "temporary nervous depression" after the birth of their baby. The Woman battles with her mental health and rapidly vanishing sanity in the throes of postpartum depression while she is on a "rest cure". Trapped and isolated in her bedroom she becomes hypnotically fixated on the yellow wallpaper patterns, which eventually take on the forms of other trapped women. The Woman depicts her depression and confinement through both monologues and modern dance as she hypnotically follows the patterns in the paper. Chicago Danztheatre Ensembles’ new interpretation of “The Yellow Wallpaper,” will be positioned as a tale of 2021 post-pandemic landscape. The familiar feeling of mental and physical isolation will leave audiences embracing the freedom of a world after COVID-19.
RE|dance group’s “The Attic Room” is an intimate dance story of escape and desire. Seven dancers reveal the thin line between resignation and hope. Images unfold through sharp dancing and poetic text in a space filled with the forgotten memories of the past.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------Call for visual artists information:
Art works should correspond with the themes of each performance. Artist submissions must include: bio, two images of work or a link to where work can be viewed. A statement of proposed work for the show.
Themes for Work:
- Post-pandemic landscape
- Escape from the past and isolation
- Mental illness and its treatment
- The thin line between sanity and insanity
- Gender roles and domestic life; the oppressive nature of gender roles
- Outward appearance vs. inner life; appearance versus reality
- Self-expression, miscommunication, and misunderstanding
- The importance and need for self-expression