VICTORIA BRADFORD, JESSICA CORNISH, LIA KOHL
Skirts began as a movement research and improvisation project by Victoria Eleanor Bradford and Jessica Cornish and was born with the receipt of a grant from the city of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. These funds allowed the project to progress from a mere idea into a full-fledged research effort, choreographic exchange, and site- based improvisation project.
Bradford spent three months researching skirts and devising movement scores to correspond with each of four selected styles: Hoop (or ballroom), Work (or pencil), Sport (or tennis), and House (or apron). Cornish received these scores and the skirts by mail as prompts with which to go out and make movement. Along with videographers Ania Bilinska and Robin Lee, Cornish took to various sites in Chicago and acted on the scores in each skirt.
Bradford and Cornish continued the project over two months in residence in Louisiana, workshopping duet movements pulled from the video archive, collaborating with cellist Lia Kohl on a sound score, culminating in a work-in-progress show- ing of the newly devised and combined multimedia and live work.
During 2015 the three produced Ghost Skirts, a cocktail mixer featuring live performance and the screening of a new dance film. This work centered on humor, feminine constraint, anachronism, beauty, and public disruption or spectacle. The film and performances were taken from public improvisations that have occurred throughout the city of Chicago and took place as part of Chicago Artists Month at High Concept Labs on November 12, 2015.
SKIRTS, a durational film and dance installation, is a live performance of Cornish and Kohl responding to the dances made in 2013 along with GHOST SKIRT, a dance for camera filmed in 2015.