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.
The Era is a footwork dance crew and creative collective from Chicago. Founded on the South Side in 2014, The Era includes footwork dancers from esteemed Chicago battle cliques Terra Squad and Goon Squad. From MoMa PS-1 in New York to Battlegroundz on 87th Street in Chicago, the Era have won significant acclaim for their dancing, and have collaborated with leading artists, including DJ Rashad and Chance the Rapper. The Era also produce film, fashion and visual art with dance at the center of the their creative practice. The Era is dedicated to changing the perception of dance by bringing Chicago footworkers into focus.
Wills Glasspiegel is a documentarian and visual artist from Chicago and New York. He's currently a PhD student in African American Studies at Yale, where his work is focused on Chicago footwork music and dance.
This week's films:
Meet the Era (Glasspiegel, 2016, 8 mins)
Short documentary offering a brief introduction to core dancers of The Era Footwork crew from Chicago: Litebulb, Chief Manny, Steelo, Dempsey and P-Top.
Apps (2016, 3 mins)
A short portrait of Jasmine "Apps" Applewhite, a footwork dancer from Chicago now living in Los Angeles. Edited by dancer Chief Manny, this short portrait is an example of the work The Era has been doing to shine the light on diverse dancers within the world of Chicago footwork.
Footwork vs. Art (2014, 3 mins)
Short video featuring Chicago footwork artists Litebulb, Sirr Tmo and DJ Earl. Filmed informally at the Art Institute, the film calls attention to the division and connections between footwork and fine art.
Inevitable Shift Fear (2016, 5 mins)
An abstract portrait of footwork and the city of Chicago, scored by Teklife's DJ Earl, filmed by Glasspiegel between 2010 and 2015.