IN>TIME 2016 Performance Festival

IN>TIME 2016 Performance Festival

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Jillian Peña, Panopticon, 2016. Photo: Maria Baranova.

January 27, 2016
IN>TIME 2016 Performance Festival

Through March 4

IN>TIME 2016 is Chicago’s winter long performance festival hosted by the city and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Now in its fourth edition, the triennial festival presents a variety of performance practices in multiple venues, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center, 6018North, Links Hall, and Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art—which hosts the first major exhibition exploring the art and impact of performance artist, Charlotte Moorman.

The festival, which runs through March 4, is organized by SAIC faculty member and Graduate Coordinator in Performance, Mark Jeffery, and brings together artists from the US and abroad. Participating artists include Forced Entertainment (United Kingdom), Ingrid Fiskdal (Norway), Sally J Morgan and Jess Richards (New Zealand), Anna Martine Whitehead (Chicago), Vlatka Horvat (United Kingdom), Eva Meyer-Keller (Berlin), Jillian Peña (New York), and Every House Has A Door (Chicago). Work in the festival ranges from dance to performance art to experimental theatre.

“I think of Chicago as a place for experimentation, a place for artists to really explore and test rigorous ideas,” says Jeffery. “It is a place for research to take place, and for nontraditional, informative intersections and overlaps to spring up unexpectedly via collectives and collaborations. That is what I get excited about.”

This year the festival supports the cultivation of new work in Chicago by connecting artists to local residencies at the Hyde Park Art Center, High Concept Laboratories, Bridge Performance Space, SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries, and Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery. SAIC will host artists Vlatka Horvat, Anthea Behm, and Sally Morgan in a special winter course, FROZEN IN>TENSITIES, where students will be introduced to several performance pedagogies in three separate week-long courses.

In addition to performances, artists will gather on Saturdays in February at the Chicago Cultural Center to participate in the IN>TIME HUB, a series of panels and workshops which will allow audiences to engage more deeply with the artists and their work. This expanded programming is a first for the festival, and a demonstration of its commitment to the cultivation of dialogue within the performance community both locally and globally.


About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
For 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers, and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program ranked number two by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries, and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman. Learn more at



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