CORPOREAL Video Excerpt

“When otherworldliness makes sense” Chicago Weekly

There were moments when Laura Chiaramonte’s mad logic seemed sane.” Chicago Weekly

“Laura played her dancers off the prints, dressing them in bright teals, setting them against the collection’s burnished orange and the room’s naturally warm lighting, that the green film of the collective dancers formed a borderline between the world above and the metal’s uninterrupted gleam below, and so the dancers became imperfect intermediaries between the audience and the choreographer’s untarnished creative vision.” Chicago weekly

Directed and conceived by Laura Chiaramonte, CORPOREAL is an evening length performance installation featuring new work by artists and collaborator, Janet Chiaramonte. Janet’s unique designed installation provides a beautiful landscape depicting the use of Art and Chemistry, resulting in varying monoprints using an oxidation process to create organic imagery.

The performance aspect of the installation confronts the question of the bodily consciousness by capturing the audience and introducing them to the struggles between communal and personal identity. Throughout the performance, we discover the constant motion of all things, melting and forever changing into different forms, living, adapting and conforming to the space.

The development of the movement vocabulary is in collaboration with and presented by Chicago dance artists; Isabelle Collazo, Jessica Cornish, Momar Ndiaye, Amanda Pesch, Becky O’Connell, Amy Swanson, Lesley Werle, and Vienna Willems. The live soundscape performed by composer Jason Araujo and Barmey Ung, provides a layer of connectivity, and creating a sense of holding space.

CORPOREAL Photos by: Marta Sasinowska

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Isabelle Collazo

Wow! Such an honor to have had Marta Sasinowska be the photographer for CORPOREAL! Thank you Marta for your capturing CORPOREAL so beautifully. You are amazing!

Amy Swanson and Jessica Cornish
Amy Swanson and Jessica Cornish
Jessica Cornish
Jessica Cornish
Amy Swanson
Amy Swanson
Vienna Willems
Vienna Willems
Vienna Willems
Vienna Willems
Amanda Pesch and Amy Swanson
Amanda Pesch and Amy Swanson
Amanda Pesch and Amy Swanson
Amanda Pesch and Amy Swanson
Jessica Cornish and Momar Ndiaye
Jessica Cornish and Momar Ndiaye
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Isabelle Collazo
Isabelle Collazo and Becky OConnell
Isabelle Collazo and Becky OConnell
Isabelle Collazo and Becky OConnell
Isabelle Collazo and Becky OConnell
Becky OConnelle
Becky OConnelle
Amy Swanson
Amy Swanson
Lesley Werle
Lesley Werle
Lesley Werle
Lesley Werle
The Cast
The Cast
Momar Ndiaye
Momar Ndiaye
Momar Ndiaye
Momar Ndiaye
Amanda Pesch and Becky Oconnell
Amanda Pesch and Becky Oconnell

Amy Swanson
Amy Swanson
Jessica Cornish and Amy Swanson
Jessica Cornish and Amy Swanson

CORPOREAL premiered at the Chicago Art Department on April 26th of 2013. The full length performance was in collaboration with my mother, Janet Chiaramonte who created the art installation, Chicago dance artists; Isabelle Collazo, Jessica Cornish, Momar Ndiaye, Amanda Pesch, Becky O’Connell, Amy Swanson, Lesley Werle, and Vienna Willems and sound artists Jason Araujo and Barmey Ung.