2017-18   GRUNT   Artists

April Sellers Dance Collective (ASDC)

Formed by April Sellers in 2000, the April Sellers Dance Collective (ASDC) is nationally recognized for their gender-bending, feminist-infused performances. Led by Sellers’ choreography and fueled by community participation, the ASDC’s work has long explored sexual identity (Jousting, 2014 and In Her Place, 2000), queer feminism (Big Baby, 2014 and Double Drag, 2015), and the vulnerability of the body (The V Project, 2007). ASDC celebrates complex expressions of gender and identity in their highly-crafted performances

The Space Movement Project (TSMP)

TSMP is a Chicago-based dance company dedicated to nurturing the collective female lens in contemporary dance movement. TSMP has performed work across North Carolina, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Massachusetts and New York. The company made its international touring debut in Puebla, Mexico in March 2013. As active members of the local dance community TSMP has made appearances at Jay Pritzker Pavilion Stage and Millennium Park, The Dance Center of Columbia College, Hamlin Park Fieldhouse, Links Hall, Roosevelt University, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts and the Chicago Cultural Center. The organization began managing OuterSpace Studios in 2010 offering subsidized space rental, regular performance and discussion activities and visiting artist residencies to over 100 dance, theater and visual artists annually.

Kristi Faulkner Dance (KFD)

KFD is a contemporary dance company based in Detroit, known for their highly physical and humorously theatrical work that embodies difference and challenges gender roles. Through live performance, workshops, and community engagement, Kristi Faulkner Dance seeks to create thought-provoking, visceral experiences that generate meaningful conversation and social exchange. Their work challenges and excavates ideas about sensuality, strength, authority, disgust, attraction, and objectification while centering on authenticity and shedding the artifice of technically-focused performance to show what makes us human in ways that are relatable, yet sometimes uncomfortable. Their work has been presented throughout Michigan, Ohio, New York, and Illinois.

Sarah Weber Gallo has been making dances since 2009, when the birth of her daughter convinced her that she can do pretty much anything. Since then, her work has been shown at Gina Gibney, La Mama, Indy Convergence, Greenspace, Center for Performance Research, Mile Square Theatre, UWM’s Dancemakers and Summerdances, The Ohio Theatre, Jacob’s Pillow Out of Doors, Movement Research, and at a two-year residency at Brooklyn’s Roulette Intermedium. She received the 2015 New Work award at UWM, and her collaborative dance “Pigeon Congress” was chosen to represent UWM at ACDA 2014. Sarah is also Dance Director for Mile Square Theatre, where she is choreographer-in-residence and director of MST Dance Academy. She continues to perform with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.