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Going Dutch Festival

The Going Dutch Festival, produced by Side Street Studio Arts, is a celebration of the female voice in dance, music, theater, and the visual arts. Our 11th annual festival will be a bit different, but will be held virtually and around downtown Elgin June 2-12, 2021.

The GD Festival is produced by Side Street Studio Arts and supported in part by the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission, Elgin Knit Works, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, Martini Room, Meraki Market Hub, Rediscover Records, and Spring Bird.

2021THATGDSCHEDULE:

Wednesday, June 2, 6-7:30pm finding what you have / dancing what you find

w/ Sophie Allen

Spring Bird, 18N600 Westhill Rd, West Dundee

Spring Bird is not wheelchair accessible. 

The world is upside down... So, let's dance. This outdoor workshop is intended to switch up your everyday environment in order to create space and carve out time for you to not think too hard or long about anything. We'll keep things moving. A 30-minute warm up will lead us into improvisational tasks that eventually build towards phrase making. We'll find what we have, and we'll dance what we find. Participants are invited to move, write and witness freely throughout the session.

*Performers and non-performers of all backgrounds are welcome.

*Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

*Bring your journal and water!

Enhanced cleaning strategies have been implemented in all spaces. Limited capacities will be enforced. Properly worn masks and distancing are required at all events. 

Friday, June 4, 3-5pm open gallery 5-8pm Going Dutch Visual Art Gallery Reception

Theater at Side Street Studio Arts

15 1/2 Ziegler Ct., downtown Elgin

The Theater is up a steep narrow flight of stairs and is not wheelchair accessible. 

FREE & Open to the public - no GD pass needed

Gallery Hours:

Saturday, June 5, 12-6pm

Sunday, June 6, 11am-3pm

Friday, June 11, 3-7pm open gallery

Saturday, June 12, 12-6pm

or by appointment at info@sidestreetstudioarts.org

artist bios available HERE

Featuring: Alison Balcanoff, Kathie Collinson/Collinson Fine Art, Erin Cramer, Kelsey Gordon/Jellyfish Pocket Art,

Horror Floral, Rachel Elizabeth Maley, Janelle O'Malley, Jess Rocha, Pamela Seatter, Tracy Whiteside

Enhanced cleaning strategies have been implemented in all spaces. Limited capacities will be enforced. Properly worn masks and distancing are required at all events. 

Friday, June 4, 4:30-6:30pm Open Rehearsal & 6:30-7:30pm Artist Talk

w/ Sophie Allen

Gallery at Side Street Studio Arts 15 Ziegler Ct., downtown Elgin

The Gallery is a partially accessible space.

FREE & Open to the public - no GD pass needed

Visit Going Dutch Festival-commissioned Artist-in-Residence Sophie Allen while involved in her creative process. The open rehearsal is "open house" you can come and go as you please, and be sure to come by for the artist talk to learn about Sophie, her work, and what you will see during her Saturday performance.

Enhanced cleaning strategies have been implemented in all spaces. Limited capacities will be enforced. Properly worn masks and distancing are required at all events. 

Saturday, June 5, 10am-2pm Goddess Window Painting Workshop Day #1

w/ Hallie Morrison

meet in the Lab at Side Street Studio Arts, 11 S. Spring St., downtown Elgin

The Lab is up two stairs through a narrow doorway. This workshop will involve traveling within a three block radius of the Lab. 

Celebrate Mother Earth and all goddesses by beautifying downtown Elgin with hand-painted, nature-inspired windows. Teaching artist/ muralist/ artist scholar Hallie Morrison will teach you everything you need to know about window painting and working in public spaces.

Enhanced cleaning strategies have been implemented in all spaces. Limited capacities will be enforced. Properly worn masks and distancing are required at all events. 

Saturday, June 5, 12-1pm Freeing the Mind for Creative Work: Meditation Workshop

w/ Rachel Elizabeth Maley

Still Life Meditation, 25 S. Grove Ave., Fifth Floor, downtown Elgin

This space is wheelchair accessible (narrowest doorway: 35 inches). 

“Creativity is not just making art. Creativity is the ability to see beyond what’s in front of us.” (Scott Schwenk)

 

While creative work is often thought of as something that requires tense, focused concentration, meditative practices offer a different way of experiencing awareness: one of ease, flow, and expansiveness. In this workshop, we explore a different way of approaching our minds and creative visions, gently opening a pathway to greater ease amid challenges like creative block and self-critique. 

 

This workshop includes an introductory talk, guided meditation practice, and brief free time for journaling, sketching, ideating, or daydreaming. Please bring any tools you may need to record ideas. 

PLEASE NOTE: The maximum capacity for this event is 12 guests. At maximum capacity, there will not be a distance of 6 feet between guests. Please wear a mask upon entry. Present your proof of COVID-19 vaccination if you wish to remove your mask. Date of final vaccination must be on or before May 22, 2021.

Saturday, June 5, 3pm and 5pm Performance #1

Spring St. & Chicago St. Parking Deck, downtown Elgin - artist bios available HERE

The parking deck does have elevator access and is wheelchair accessible.

Featuring: Sophie Allen, Abagail Darrow, Hot Crowd, Britney C Johnson, Emily Loar, Maxine Patronik, Gina T’ai

Performances include mature content.

Enhanced cleaning strategies have been implemented in all spaces. Limited capacities will be enforced. Properly worn masks and distancing are required at all events. 

Sunday, June 6, 11am-12pm Portrait Photography w/ Tracy Whiteside

Lab at Side Street Studio Arts 11 S. Spring St, downtown Elgin

The Lab is up two stairs through a narrow doorway

Learn how to photograph inexpensive creative, fine art portraits.  Attendees should bring a camera if they want to try it out.  Cell phones are fine.  Attendees are also welcome to just watch or model. Ages 12+

Enhanced cleaning strategies have been implemented in all spaces. Limited capacities will be enforced. Properly worn masks and distancing are required at all events. 

 

Sunday, June 6, 12-5pm Goddess Window Painting Workshop Day #2

w/ Hallie Morrison

meet in the Lab at Side Street Studio Arts, 11 S. Spring St., downtown Elgin

The Lab is up two stairs through a narrow doorway. This workshop will involve traveling within a three block radius of the Lab. 

Celebrate Mother Earth and all goddesses by beautifying downtown Elgin with hand-painted, nature-inspired windows. Teaching artist/ muralist/ artist scholar Hallie Morrison will teach you everything you need to know about window painting and working in public spaces.

Enhanced cleaning strategies have been implemented in all spaces. Limited capacities will be enforced. Properly worn masks and distancing are required at all events. 

Friday, June 11, 6-8pm Polymer Clay Jewelry for Beginners w/ Janelle O'Malley

Lab at Side Street Studio Arts, 11 S. Spring St., downtown Elgin

The Lab is up two stairs through a narrow doorway.

Do you want to learn how to use polymer clay and make fun jewelry? This class will begin with learning about polymer clay and how to use it. A variety of techniques will be shown including color mixing, shaping, attaching findings, and finishes. You will walk away with tips and tricks to use polymer clay for jewelry and beyond. Ages 12+. All supplies will be provided.

Enhanced cleaning strategies have been implemented in all spaces. Limited capacities will be enforced. Properly worn masks and distancing are required at all events. 

 

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Saturday, June 12, 12-1pm Sound Bath w/ Rachel Elizabeth Maley

Still Life Meditation, 25 S. Grove Ave., Fifth Floor, downtown Elgin

This space is wheelchair accessible (narrowest doorway: 35 inches). 

A gentle and meditative immersion in the sounds of singing bowls, drums, gongs, and other tools. Participants “bathe” in the vibrations of ancient and modern instruments, allowing for deep rest. Ideal for relaxation, meditation, or simply a really great nap. Guests are asked to lie down on the floor; cushions are provided and accommodations are available for all bodies. This space is wheelchair accessible (narrowest doorway: 35 inches). 

 

PLEASE NOTE: The maximum capacity for this event is 12 guests. At maximum capacity, there will not be a distance of 6 feet between guests. (For smaller and outdoor events, see the Still Life Meditation workshop schedule.) Please wear a mask upon entry. Present your proof of COVID-19 vaccination if you wish to remove your mask. Date of final vaccination must be on or before May 29, 2021.

Saturday, June 12, 3pm and 5pm Performance #2

(downtown Elgin, including Martini Room, Meraki Market Hub, Rediscover Records, and the Lab at Side Street Studio Arts) - artist bios available HERE

Featuring: Sophie Allen, dropshift dance, Heather Danielsen, Jordan Reinwald, Thank You So Much For Coming

Performances include mature content.

Enhanced cleaning strategies have been implemented in all spaces. Limited capacities will be enforced. Properly worn masks and distancing are required at all events. 

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GD FAQs

Q. What is Going Dutch?

 

A. GD is a celebration of the female voice in dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts. When Core Project founded Going Dutch years ago, we were looking for a title that was about singularity and individualism, as so many female choreographers (only at that point) were underrepresented and/or lumped into larger regional or national representations. As Going Dutch has grown, expanded, and become a multi-disciplinary festival, the meaning has transitioned to represent the ideals of self support, sustainability, and representation. Going Dutch was originally developed to address the underrepresentation of female choreographers in the dance world. As the idea grew into a festival over the years, it expanded to include the work of self-identified female artists working in music, theater, site-specific, and visual art as well as dance.

For artists: Going Dutch provides the platform, you provide the voice. Artists included in the festival get space, tech support, marketing, program inclusion, ticket support, stipend (for performing artists), 100% of sales (visual artists), event attendance and networking opportunities, and access to a decade-long community of GD artists.

Artists are responsible for development, casting, rehearsal, creation, and presentation of their work. 

Stipend amounts are decided by the GD Committee based upon a number of factors within the submission: quality of submission, description of work, number of performers, etc.

 

Q. When does the call for the GD festival go out?

 

A. December of the year before.

 

Q. What can I expect from a GD performance?

 

A. Each performance is 90 minutes or less and very different from one to the next. This allows you to spend the day with us, exploring different art modes, taking a chance on artists new to you, and supporting the creativity of these talented women. Some are one-woman shows, others are five different dance companies each showing one work, still others will jump from music to performance art to media. You will not see the same thing twice! New for 2019 and beyond, all performances will be held in non-traditional, intimate spaces, allowing the audience and the performances to create community. 

 

Q. Where is the Going Dutch Festival located?

 

A. For the fifth year, the festival will be hosted in various venues in downtown Elgin, approximately 40 miles outside of Chicago. Check out a map of downtown Elgin, including where all our FREE PARKING is located! 

 

Q. What does my festival pass get me?

 

A. Entrance to all GD activities! You can see all performances, take master classes, and attend special events. All for just $15. 

Upon purchase, your name will be on the guest list at the door of all selected events.

 

Q. Where is the visual art?
 

A. The visual art will be located in the Theater at Side Street Studio Arts, located at 15 1/2 Ziegler Ct.

Q. What Covid precautions are being taken?

A. Enhanced cleaning strategies have been implemented in all spaces. Limited capacities will be enforced. Properly worn masks are required at all events.