Re-imagining the Partner: Lauren Warnecke’s Pre-Reflection on the Final Moving Dialogs of the Season — The Art of Partnering

I’m so excited to be a part of this all-star event, the final “Moving Dialogs” of the season. As the featured writer, here is my pre-reflection on Monday’s event!

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Dance writer Lauren Warnecke of Art Intercepts (www.artintercepts.org ) reflects on her experiences as a dancer & choreographer exploring “The Art of Partnering”: the theme of our final Moving Dialogs of this season, occurring at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts’ performance penthouse this Monday, November 18th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm.

Re-imagining the Partner

As a dancer-in-training I only ever did two lifts. Playing the part of the Maid in The Nutcracker, I had one lift at the end of the party scene in which Uncle Drosselmeyer gave a boost to my final Italian pas de chat before dashing off stage left. The other time was during a summer workshop rendition of Rodeo, in which the boy (the one boy at our studio, who was significantly scrawnier than me) hoisted me into a split jump – or at least, that was the goal. In the middle of rehearsal…

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Lauren Warnecke is a freelance writer and editor, focused on dance and cultural criticism in Chicago and across the Midwest. Lauren is the dance critic for the Chicago Tribune, editor of See Chicago Dance, and founder/editor of Art Intercepts, with bylines in Chicago Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine, St. Louis Magazine and Dance Media publications, among others. Holding degrees in dance and kinesiology, Lauren is an instructor of dance and exercise science at Loyola University Chicago.