PLATFORMS: Ten Years of Chances Dances
In A Plain Brown Wrapper: Sept 3-18, 2015
Tertiary Dimensions: Sept 4-19, 2015
Home Channels: Sept 4 - Oct 3, 2015
The First Five Years / The Last Five Years: Sept 8 and Oct 17, 2015
Making Chances: Sept 11 - Oct 24, 2015
Chrysalis: Sept 19 - Oct 14, 2015
Anne Elizabeth Moore for Trunk Show: Oct 24, 2015
Platforms Concerts, Events Parties and Panels
a ten-year retrospective of intentional community and temporary utopias
September 3 - Oct 24, 2015
DANNY’S + THE FRANKLIN + GALLERY 400 + GRAY CENTER LAB
THE HIDEOUT + THE NIGHTINGALE + OPEN HOUSE + RAINBO CLUB
SECTOR 2337 + THE SUBTERRANEAN + TRUNK SHOW
In Fall 2015, the Platforms retrospective showcased the artworks, herstory, and community-building processes of the Chances community over the last 10 years at several sites across Chicago. Drawing from over one hundred Critical Fierceness grantees and finalists, past and present Chances organizers, and members of the Chances community, Platforms elevated and expanded the reach of a long-standing and multifaceted queer collective practice.
Begun in 2005 as an inclusive, welcoming, and alternative queer dance party, Chances Dances is a collective of artists, activists, DJs, and educators who organize parties, build safer spaces, and support local art and activism through direct funding and other resources.
Since its founding, Chances has sought to bring together Chicago’s varied LGBTIQ communities by organizing dance parties that welcome people of all gender expressions and racial identities. To further its mission of hosting and generosity, Chances also channels profits from its parties into a biannual microgrant for local artists. In 2008, Chances launched the Critical Fierceness Grant, which awards $500 to Chicago-based artists and collectives who identify themselves or their work as queer. In 2012, Chances expanded the Critical Fierceness Grant to include the Mark Aguhar Memorial Grant, which funds projects by queer feminine spectrum artists of color with $1,000 grants. Through this grassroots funding in addition to our robust performance programming, Chances has established itself as hub of queer artistic activity in Chicago for ten years running.