Victoria Bradford’s “Neighborhood Dances”
As a featured artist at High Concept Labs in the Mana Contemporary Art Center, Victoria Bradford’s Neighborhood Dances project is perhaps one of the most original, rigorous and thought-provoking long-term dance projects in the city. Begun out of the necessity for dance performance space while staying with her parents, Ms. Bradford used first their garage, then the neighbor’s yard, and eventually began cataloging the locations as a mapping project. Over time, she expanded the effort to a daily practice, complete with catalogs of movements, and has recently expanded even further by enlisting other dancers to perform at locations in the city and beyond. Rigorous, driven and powerfully connective between personhood and place, it’s exciting to see where she takes us next.
Best of Chicago 2015