Recent Columbia College graduates Shanna Fragen, Brenna Ginsberg and Dalton Rhodes are creating a bruit right out of the gate. Pooling their shared dance and choreographic interests, the trio are presenting a three-piece evening of performances on themes of sexual quietude, taboo and the poet John Berryman’s epic “Dream Songs.” Fragen’s piece, “Turn On,” promises a tense investigation of “the physicality of pleasure.” Following on Berryman’s dream journal opus, Rhodes employs oneirology as his answer to the poet’s journey, mining his own subconscious to produce a work that navigates between moments of “explosive movement and dialogue” and quieter, more self-reflective movement work designed to elicit audience engagement. Ginsberg, lastly, in “Meat. Meet. Me.” takes “self-promoting contrived social media profiles” as her jumping-off point for an exploration of sexual agency. Acting out the persona of a femme fatale, her performance is an attempt to trace a shaky line between the artifice of virtual identity and the individual experience of highly mediated social self-reflection. It’s that deeply personal confusion, she explains: “I’m socializing and meeting new people […] being online offers endless ease of controlling the extent to which I expose who I think I am or how I want to be seen. I feel it is so devastatingly complex and filled with lustful tensions and I just want to communicate this inner conflict for others to relate with as well. It’s intimidating yet vulnerable and overt but still prim.” Other dancers performing include Jordan Beyeler, Jackie Dennis, Madison Hom, Max Johnson, E’lise Jumes, Madeleine Kodat, Mary O’Rourke, Amanda Ramirez, Me’Shell Yvette and photographer Emily Scanlon. (Michael Workman)
Triplicate at Hamlin Park Fieldhouse, 3035 North Hoyne, (312)747-7785. June 16 and 17 at 7:30pm. $25. Tickets at triplicate.brownpapertickets.com.