PORTFOLIO OF A COLLABORATION
SUMMER CELEBRATIONS 2014
Leading up to Festival, we traveled throughout Chicago’s neighborhoods for Summer Celebrations: an unprecedented city-wide conversation around grit, resilience, and renewal in Chicago neighborhoods. Along the way we are mapped these awe-inspiring stories via The Mobile Photo Factory and a video series. The stories will came together on 10.4.14 and were put on display at The Great Chicago Fire Festival as a larger-than-life spectacle like no other.
WINTER PAGEANT 1991-2014
Running mid-November through January, the Winter Pageant is an annual spectacle celebration of the changing seasons and the coming of spring. Built under the interpretation of the rising sun, each year's tale was conceived through a collaboration of Redmoon directors and diverse community partnerships. Pageant attracts an eclectic audience with its family friendly material that encompasses objects of spectacle, puppetry, clown, mask, and movement.
THE YOUTH SPECTACLE 2011
Imagined, designed, built, and performed by over 750 Chicago youth from Roscoe Village to Lawndale, The Youth Spectacle 2011 transformed the south gallery and terrace of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum with shadow animation, sound installation, visual art, and performance to create a surreal world of discovery.
Conceived Frank Maugeri + Jim Lasko
Directed Angie Tillges + Tria Smith
Assistant Director Cynthia Castiglione
Production Stage Manager Rachel Staelens
Youth Performer Liaison Julie Wunderlin
Choreography Final Dance Keemlah Phillips and Manley Dance Team
Costume Design Skyee Geerts
Music Composition Jeffrey Thomas
Lighting Design Julian Pike
Sound Engineer Charlie Malave
Wing Engineer Christopher Furman
Video Production Kyle Cullerton and Justin Flocco of Color Flow Productions
Installation and Crew Lead Justin Argenio
Impact / Press:
750+ Youth Creators
5 Chicago Schools
SWAN LAKE 2009
Redmoon collaborated with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to present a shadow puppetry spectacle accompanying music from Tchaikovsky's ballet “Swan Lake.” Redmoon’s specially created dramatization showcased an array of handcrafted shadow puppets, meticulous live puppetry and larger-than-life video projections, bringing to life the tragic story of a princess who is turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse, and the prince who falls in love with her. The concert program also included selections from Tchaikovsky's “The Snow Maiden” and the rarely-performed “The Storm,” which the Chicago Symphony Orchestra had performed only once before, in 1899. Tchaikovsky’s music to “The Snow Maiden” was accompanied by a narrator reciting a new adaptation from Aleksandr Ostrovsky’s play. Gerard McBurney, CSO artistic programming advisor and an authority on Russian music, retailored key scenes from Ostrovsky’s original text, telling the poetic story of an ice goddess whose heart is warmed when she falls in love with a mortal.
Conceived Jim Lasko
Directed Frank Maugeri + Alex Balestrieri
Art Directed Frank Maugeri
Written Pytor Illiych Tchaikovsky
Shadow Silhouettes Andrea Everman
Set Design Zach Perrault
Collaboration Chicago Symphony Orchestra
DRAMA GIRLS 1996-2009 POWERFUL ACTIONS CREATE POWERFUL GIRLS
The Dramagirls program paired middle school girls from Chase Elementary School in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood with female artist mentors in an artistic exploration of creativity and leadership. The program’s strong emphasis on mentorship allowed the Dramagirls to foster unique and individual relationships with these professional female artists who exemplified leadership, confidence, and self-expression. The program encouraged participants to draw from their personal experience and imagination to create annual performances featuring spectacle techniques. From 1996-2009 over a thousand youth and mentors participated in the program.
REDMOON SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP - Audubon Elementary 2004 - 2013
Since 2004, Redmoon has engaged in an in-depth, year round, educational partnership with Audubon Elementary, a K-8 Chicago Public School located in the Roscoe Village neighborhood. This unique partnership pairs Redmoon teaching artists with classroom teachers to provide students with a vibrant spectacle arts curriculum that is integrated with the school’s academic programs. This curriculum fosters meaningful learning opportunities for students and teachers alike by exploring tools of spectacle to enhance current curriculum and build the annual Spring Spectacle performance for their school, neighborhood, and families.
Audubon Elementary School has become Redmoon’s training hub of year-round program delivery, professional development, documentation and curriculum design that establishes the programs best practices.