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Posted by : cj on Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 12:21 PM
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Come experience a rare combination of talent and creativity in "Moving Chicago." Original music and Chicago visuals by South Africa's HA!Man is combined with the sound inventions of locals Eric Leonardson and Greg O'Dobrinak as well as the strongly emotive Chicago poems written and performed by Cathleen Schandelmeier, come get a sneak preview of Schandelmeier's new book to be titled "Chicago Phoenix" and published by Puddin'head Press. Patrick McCarthy's three dimensional shadow puppetry is also employed to engage you on a sweeping journey to the heart of Chicagoland. Bonus pre-show by the HA!Man on his cello. Three shows only: Saturday 8 October, 6pm and 9.30 pm and Sunday 9 October, 5pm. In the Peter Jones Gallery and Studio (1806 West Cuyler, 2nd Floor). Tickets $12, kids half price. Bookings 773 472 9725 (pete@peterjonesgallery). For directions, go to www.peterjonesgallery.com. For more about the HA!Man, go to www.hamanworld.com

Moving Chicago provides a powerful window on dynamic and moving aspects of the city of Chicago. It is a multi arts production, employing music, sound scapes, video projection, puppetry and poetry to take the audience on a riveting ride to the heart-beat of a great city. The soundtrack and visuals for this 50 minute production is created by South Africa's HA!Man (Francois le Roux), who also initiated the concept. In the production, he plays the cello and is joined by instrument inventors Eric Leonardson (Springboard) and Greg O'Dobrinak (Fourth Instrument). Cathleen Schandelmeier performs her own poetry from her new soon to be released book "Chicago Phoenix" (with Chicago as theme) and Patrick McCarthy manipulates his trademark three-dimensional shadow effects.

The soundtrack gives unity to the whole work and lays down driving motives to support the visuals and poetry. It employs a variety of musical atmospheres, from the ambient, to hard, rhythmic energy, to symphonic grandeur. The visuals are from various locations in the city, accentuating movement and flow. Schandelmeier's poems provide structural high points, being mostly narratives of real Chicago people and situations. With his special experience in combining various art forms, the HA!Man weaves the musical, visual and verbal into a unifying movement itself, which in turn is geared to move the spirits of the people of Chicago - a city for which he cherishes a special feeling. Best known as the founder of the "Beach Poets" series at Loyola Beach, Cathleen Schandelmeier's books of poetry include: "Tattoo Screams of Love"; "Scream and I'll Believe You" and "Suck on my Toes and I'll Follow You Anywhere". Schandelmeier has also been included in many anthologies including "Stray Bullets" and "Step Into the Light". Schandelmeier has had her performance poetry titled "Visions from John Lennon" included in Miroslaw Rogala's "Sound Garden" exhibit at the Musueum of Contemporary Art here in Chicago, as being included in Rogala's Sculpture Chicago installation with the works of Carl Sandburg and Abraham Lincoln in Chicago's famous Bughouse Square. She is an Outstanding Leader in Peace; has earned a "Certificate of Leadership in Racial Justice" and was named one of the "100 Women Making A Difference" by Today's Chicago Woman Foundation. She is the proud mother of three, and the continually amazed wife of talented musician Peter C. Bartels.

Adding intensity to the musical texture are the improvisations by Eric Leonardson and Greg O'Dobrinak, performing with their unique and specialized sound inventions. A reflection on the inventive spirit of the city itself, these instruments bring the gritty and industrial textures of the city landscape to the fore. In ensemble with the conventional cello, exciting blends of style and raw _expression are created to keep the audience exhilarated. The work culminates in a climactic and original song, written as a tribute to the motions, the motives and emotions of Chicago.

The visual experience is given broadened (third!) dimension by artfully casting Patrick McCarthy's three-dimensional puppet shadows onto the same screen used for video projection. All-in-all a rare collaboration of strong talents and highly creative technologies not to be missed.

Only three performances will take place in the Peter Jones Gallery and Studio as part of the HA!Man's 2005 US tour: Saturday 8 October, 6pm and 9.30 pm and Sunday 9 October, 5pm. Audiences will be treated to a bonus pre-show by the HA!Man, to get a taste of the spontaneous cello with original accompaniments for which he is famed for.

Tickets are an affordable $12 with half price for minors. Bookings with Peter Jones 773 472 9725 (pete@peterjonesgallery) or visit the Studio (1806 West Cuyler, 2nd Floor). For directions, go to www.peterjonesgallery.com/location.htm. For more about the music and travels of the HA!Man, go to www.hamanworld.com.

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