Black Cinema House’s monthly featured artist series continues in May with dance crew The Era and filmmaker/visual artist Wills Glasspiegel. Visit BING every Thursday evening this month for a rotating line-up of short docs, music videos, and film portraits highlighting the power, energy and unique style of footwork, Chicago’s homegrown and world-renowned dance. The series culminates with a screening, workshop, performance and party on Thursday, May 26.
Founded on the South Side in 2014, The Era includes footwork dancers from esteemed battle cliques like Terra Squad and Goon Squad, as well as visual artists, documentarians and scholars. From MoMa PS-1 in New York to Battlegroundz on 87th Street in Chicago, the Era have won significant acclaim for their dancing and documentary films. The Era have collaborated with leading artists, including DJ Rashad and Chance the Rapper. The Era also make music, animations, and print media with dance at the center of their creative vision. The Era is dedicated to changing the perception of dance by bringing Chicago footwork into focus.
This week: The Footwork Archive
The Era discusses some of their favorite footwork battles from the past, and shows archival videos from diverse dance crews across the city, House-O-Matics and Terra Squad featured.