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Going Dutch Festival

May 27 - June 25, 2022

The 12th annual Going Dutch Festival, produced by Side Street Studio Arts, is a celebration of the female voice in dance, music, theater, and the visual arts. The Festival will be held in Elgin, IL May 27 - June 25, 2022. We will be showing GD visual art virtually and live in-person in the Gallery at Side Street Studio Arts, AND we will be hosting two week-long installation artist residencies!

The GD Festival is produced by Side Street Studio Arts and supported in part by the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission, Grand Victoria Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, Logan Foundation, and Palmer Foundation




The 12th annual Going Dutch Festival, produced by Side Street Studio Arts,

is a celebration of the female voice in dance, music, theater, and the visual

arts. The Festival runs May 27-June 25, 2022 all around downtown Elgin. GD

is produced by Side Street Studio Arts and supported in part by the Elgin

Cultural Arts Commission.


ABOUT GOING DUTCH: Originally developed to address the underrepresentation

of female choreographers in the dance world, GD grew into a multi-disciplinary arts

festival, including the work of self-identified female and trans artists working in music,

theatre, site-specific, and visual arts, as well as dance. Now in its 12th year, we want our

audiences up close and sharing space with the artists. All events are held in smaller, more

intimate spaces. No fourth wall. No pomp.


ABOUT PERFORMANCES: Each performance runs 75 minutes or less and is very different from one to the next. This allows you to spend some time with us, exploring different art modes, taking a chance on artists new to you, and supporting the creativity of these talented humans. 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. All performances may contain mature content.*


ADMISSION: Get your festival passes at You will not receive a physical ticket. Your name will be on the guest list at the door. A festival pass grants you entrance to most** GD activities! Festival passes are $10 in advance and $15 onsite at each venue. Venue box offices open 30 minutes prior to the start of each performance. Passes can also be purchased at workshops, classes, and other GD events.


ACCESSIBILITY LIMITATIONS: The future home of Side Street Studio Arts is wheelchair accessible, but does not have a bathroom on site. The Lab, Theater, and Backspace at Side Street Studio Arts are not wheelchair accessible. The Gallery at Side Street Studio Arts is wheelchair accessible but does not have an accessible bathroom. All other spaces are accessible.


*A Flor de Piel performing in the East Side Neighborhood Garden is an all-ages event.

**MsPixy Productions at Martini Room has a separate $15 ticket, also available at

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Gina T’ai performing in the 2021 Going Dutch Festival

Photo by Doug Hanson

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Hot Crowd performing at the 2021 Going Dutch Festival. Photo by Doug Hanson.


The GD visual art exhibition opens in the Gallery at Side Street Studio Arts Friday, June 3 at 3 pm, with an Artist Reception from 6-8 pm. The exhibit is open Fridays 3-7 pm, Saturdays, 12-6 pm, and Sundays 11 am-3 pm through the month of June.


2022 GD Visual Artists:

Karen Anderson, Nicole Ashton, Emma Barnhart, Michele Beaulieux, Cristina Colunga Ramirez, Ivette De Santiago, Rita Grendze**, Anna Johnson**, Maggie Kubley, Siyao Lu*, Sara Peak Convery**, Sarah E. Rieser, Jess Rocha, and Mary Sweeney. 


*Featured Visual Artist.

**Featured and Commissioned Artists to be featured in solo exhibitions in November 2022.

Featured Visual Artist Siyao Lu

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Growing up in Chengdu, Sichuan, China, I have always noticed the beauty of people in my everyday life. I am providing an angle of viewing ordinary people in my work. I use the word “ordinary” not to mean that these people are indeed ordinary, but to express that they are undistinguished and silent in mundane criteria in China, such as daily workers, vegetable sellers, and retail clerks, rather than the successful, or conventionally good-looking people who socially capture more attention and commonly have higher secular values.

As an artist, I view this form of ordinary as invisible violence because these people are ignored due to their silence, while they are unable not to be silent because they are unseen. In a city with limited resources and an excessive population, this kind of ignorance leads to a range of problems; these people are facing more rigorous conditions of survival while they diligently do their daily work but only get meager income, especially since the start of global pandemics. I wish to show their physical and psychological presences and beauties to make them to be seen and felt. My work begs for people to look deeper and question what they haven’t seen.


Friday, May 27


Lab at Side Street Studio Arts

Breaking (from) It: Art of Mending w/ various GD artists

Everyone tries to keep it together... But what if we let go of it and smashed it instead? In this art-as-therapy experience, we will have fun breaking and making use of already-broken objects to create a new, transformative artwork installation. This workshop will safely explore what it feels like to "break free," and will include collaborative creation and a guided group meditation. This workshop will be led by local artists, teachers, and healers. Please bring materials or objects that you would like to use and contribute to the artwork.


Friday, June 3

4:45-6pm WORKSHOP

Theater at Side Street Studio Arts

Every Body is a Dancing Body w/ Francesca Baron

Participants will be guided through improvisation and phrase building using different creative formats. Open to anyone, ages 14+. Session will consist of some discussion about creativity, movement, and working with others.  Participants are highly encouraged to participate and take part in but may just observe. Class is designed to be low stakes, no pressure, and free to step (dance) out of one's comfort zone. Let's get inspired and move our bodies!



Gallery at Side Street Studio Arts

Free & Open to the Public


Saturday June 4


Theater at Side Street Studio Arts

Creating Going Dutch Counterstories in Art, Story, Movement, and Drama w/ Michele Beaulieux

In this workshop, we will imagine a world in which women are well represented in the arts. We’ll take inspiration from Hilde Lindemann Nelson’s concept of the “counterstory” and Augusto Boal’s “forum theatre” of Theatre of the Oppressed. A counterstory is a story with an alternative outcome that represents a moral shift from the dominant story. Counterstories allow us to move beyond being reactive to being proactive. Participants will have the opportunity to create in the artistic medium of their choice: drawing, writing, movement or acting, individually or in small groups. At the end, we’ll have the choice to share our creations.


3:30-4:15pm ARTIST TALK 

Gallery at Side Street Studio Arts




Still Life Meditation

Frankie Baron, Natalie Gotter, Thank You So Much For Coming 

Sunday, June 5

1-2:30pm WORKSHOP

Theater at Side Street Studio Arts

Using Scores to Develop Material w/ Thank You So Much For Coming

We'll work with scores, a method of improvising involving a series of prompts, as a tool for use in the rehearsal room (or wherever) to develop new material.


Still Life Meditation

Ishti Collective




Friday, June 10


Martini Room

MsPixy Productions presents: Smashing the Patriarchy with our Tits: A Burlesque F*ck You to "The Man."


Saturday, June 11

3:30-4:45pm WORKSHOP

Theater at Side Street Studio Arts

Performing with Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) w/ Camille Casemier

OBS is open-source software that has been co-opted by performers because of its accessibility and versatility. OBS can be used for projection design as well as live streaming. I will be sharing application skills such as performing with live video, designing composite screens, and live streaming. Tutorials will be structured around software demonstrations on-screen, performance exercises for developing live art with tech, and viewing performance and video artists as inspiration to develop a brief familiarity with the conceptual underpinnings of this mode of work.



Theater at Side Street Studio Arts

Create With Community - A Hot Crowd in Elgin Movement Extravaganza

This is not a dance technique class for professionals, but an interactive movement class geared towards creativity and connection. Maybe you know nothing about dance. Maybe you support dance, or maybe you haven't danced since you were 5 yrs. old. We want ALL of those individuals to participate and move with us. Everyone is welcome. This interactive class has a feel good warm up, and opportunity for all participants to create a small movement/motif. We piece every person's movement together to create a dance and then we vote on a song! Then we JAM!



Backspace at Side Street Studio Arts - Masks required for audience.

Camille Casemier, Sarah Fluegel, Chris Johnson Dance, Hot Crowd, Kaleid Dance Collective, Noelle Ruggieri and Abby Rosen


Sunday, June 12


East Side Neighborhood Garden

A Flor de Piel

Free & Open to the Public


Friday, June 24


Backspace at Side Street Studio Arts - Masks required for audience.

Maddie Counsell, dropshift dance, Emma Grace Elsmo, Hot Crowd, Gina T’ai



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A Flor de Piel was founded in April 2007 by Grammy® and Latin Grammy®  nominee multi-instrumentalist Renato Ceron, AKA Renatonatiuh, and front woman, author, teacher,  musician and entrepreneur Marisol Ceron, AKA Marisol La Brava. The group’s diverse repertoire includes both, traditional music from Latin America fused with influences from around the world as well as original compositions. Today, the third member of this family trio is Sofia La Bravita, Renato and Marisol’s teenage child.  A Flor de Piel’s music, and diverse repertoire reflects its members’ rich cultural heritage as well as their fresh and creative ways to make the “old sound new.”  Its multi generational membership as well as their ability to switch from one style of music to another with ease appeals to audiences of all ages and musical tastes.

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Francesca Baron (she/hers) is a free-lance performing and choreographic artist residing in Chicago. Notably she has attended the One Body, One Career workshop in Amsterdam studying Countertechnique under founder Anouk Van Dijk and completed the American Dance Festival 6-week school. She has performed the works of Ohad Naharin, Larry Keigwin, Lar Lubovitch, Joy Davis, and Roderick George among others. Francesca has commissioned work for Lindenwood University, 

College of Dupage, New Dances 2019 hosted by Danceworks Chicago and Thodos Dance Chicago, and Esoteric Dance Project. Other works have been presented at her co-produced performance FUSED, Inaside Chicago Dance, Midwest Dance Collective, and American College Dance Association. Francesca uses dance as a vehicle to tap into her authentic self, work through relevant issues, and to connect with others through art.

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dropshift dance is a provocative, inquisitive and authoritative investigator of movement. Conceived through a collaborative laboratory of movement, sound, and visual installation, the work engages audience with dialogue, choice and experimental practice. The company works through a rigorous process of studio investigation to create work that energizes the space and creates an alternate world for the performer and viewer. 

dropshift was founded in 2009 by Chicago based artist Andrea Cerniglia as a movement project dedicated to a collaborative studio practice and pushing boundaries of the art form in performance. A multi-disciplinary approach engages audience in a visual, aural, and human experience in order to move audience towards a transformative experience.  dropshift’s empowered collaborative process highlights the individual and the unique creative gifts they contribute.

Sarah Fluegel, in collaboration with dancers: Sarah Fluegel is a dancer and choreographer based in Chicago, who enjoys collaborating with fellow artists and makers to create work that peaks curiosity for seasoned dance-lovers and new-to-dance folks alike. Her gratitude goes to her dancers for bringing this work to life, and her friends, family, and fiancé who are unconditionally supportive of everything she sets her mind to.

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Camille Casemier: I attempt to give utterance to my own unavoidable ways of doing and being. The translation of interior information is ever inexact and the fickle nature of language is what I find myself recursively examining in my work, language is understood in a most basic form as the intent to create a system for meaning to traverse a threshold. My current body of work is developing an embodied visual language. I create systems with objects that question how my body and an object can mutually constitute and catalyze one another. I am interested in the dualist notions that language hinges upon, interior and exterior, the self and the other, the witness and the actor, animate and inanimate. The utterance transforms across these thresholds and I am curious about the 

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potential experience of embracing these emergent, unfixed spaces in between. Presence is restorative. Presence, with the self and shared among many, eclipses the seeming impermeability of these fixed points of interior, exterior, self, other.

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Maddie Counsell (she/her), originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia, is a 2020 graduate of James Madison University (JMU) with a double major in Dance and Media Arts and Design (SMAD) with a concentration in Interactive Design. Her work was featured in three student concerts, selected for a mainstage concert, and presented at the American College Dance Association. Over the summers she attended A.I.M’s Virtual Summer Intensive, JMU’s Summer Dance Study Abroad in London and the Hubbard Street Repertoire Summer Intensive. Maddie recently finished training at COMMON Conservatory under the direction of Terence Marling. This fall she begins her journey with South Chicago Dance Theatre as an Emerging Artist. In addition, she is the 

Social Media Coordinator for the Chicago Dance History Project.

FEATURED ARTIST Ishti Collective celebrates expressions, shares joy through collaborative practices, and fosters meaningful dialogue through radical acts of dance, storytelling, and artistic risk-taking. Our purpose is to create an environment where artists engage with the community to generate meaningful and accessible works that reflect our current times. Prakriti II: We Are Here explores how we as individuals and as a 

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collective, persist and move forward in the current polarized socio-political world. We are guided by hope and trust in humanity that we can do better; we deserve better than the anxiousness and rage caused by the divisiveness. Maybe we can find ways to channel our differences in a way that doesn't destroy us. We recognize that it requires on-going work and there may not be one particular or any resolution. We look inwards to pause and heal, reach for grounding strength, listen and open our minds, shed our egos, bring brevity and find joy in little things and seek empathy and kindness.

Natalie Gotter in collaboration with dancers: NATALIE GOTTER is a dance performer, choreographer, filmmaker, educator, and researcher. She received her MFA in Modern Dance with certification in Screendance and Gender Studies from the University of Utah. Her artistic interests lie in the relationship of the socially constructed body and how its meaning and understanding changes in intimate relationships between other entities. Dance offers her a

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way of engaging with socialization of the physically gendered body and questioning human limits, whether inherent or self-imposed with dance offering physical and somatic insight of possibilities. Natalie has taught at the University of Utah, Utah Valley University, Westminster College, Weber State University, Salt Lake Community College, and the University of Panama. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Muhlenberg College.collaboration with dancers: Sarah Fluegel is a dancer and choreographer based in Chicago, who enjoys collaborating with fellow artists and makers to create work that peaks curiosity for seasoned dance-lovers and new-to-dance folks alike. Her gratitude goes to her dancers for bringing this work to life, and her friends, family, and fiancé who are unconditionally supportive of everything she sets her mind to.

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Hot Crowd is a 501(c)3 non for profit Chicago-based dance company whose goal is to stimulate and inspire dancers and non-dancers alike through innovative movement, community interaction and accessibility to strengthen and spread the art of modern dance throughout the Chicagoland area. The company incorporated in November of 2017. Hot Crowd has traveled across the midwest and east coast for various festivals. In 2021, Hot Crowd produced and aired its first film Adaptation in SideStreet’s own art gallery and has produced four self-produced shows, City of Big Shoulders,  Internal Truce, Green Oxygen and S.5 Spring Concert. August of 2021 Hot Crowd transitioned to new management. Company dancers Brittany Latta and Devon Lloyd were promoted to Programs

Director/Rehearsal Director, Operations Director, respectively.

Stay connected with Hot  Crowd by following us IG & Facebook.  Like what you  see? Check out our Vimeo and participate in our monthly polling for our crowd favorite Choreography Forum Thursdays. // @hotcrowd

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Kaleid Dance Collective: Rush Johnston is a Baltimore-based multimedia choreographer, performer, filmmaker, and movement researcher. Rush is holds BFA from Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University. Rush creates at the intersection of visual and performing art, often exploring modes of artistic expression beyond the binary. Their work often plays with perception and identity, often encompassing themes of political turmoil, queerness, Indigeneity, and mental health. Rush is the founder and artistic director of Kaleid Dance Collective, an 

interdisciplinary artistic platform for creative experiments and exhibitions.

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Chris Johnson Dance: Chris Johnson, makes work that speaks to the human condition, drawing attention to matters of social justice. Critics have lauded her work as stirring, mesmerizing and ingeniously shifty. Johnson was awarded the inaugural commission of the Side Street Studio Arts Going Dutch Festival and earned First Place for Choreography at the New Prague Dance Festival in Prague, CZ. Her work 

won the Laureate and Grand Prix at the Seventh International Competition: Festival of Choreographic Collectives in Moscow.  Her dance Wreath of Memories was performed by special invitation at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. She has also presented her work in Tanzania, France, Newfoundland, and Belgium and throughout the United States at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, The Ruth Page Center for the Arts in Chicago, The Union Theater in Madison, Wisc., in St. Louis, Kansas City and Sacramento. She has been selected to present work nationally and internationally for Dance St. Louis, New Dances Chicago, Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, DUMBO Dance Festival, Detroit Dance City Festival, Going Dutch Festival, Women in Dance Leadership Conference, World Dance Alliance and National Dance Educators Association.

Noelle Ruggieri (dancer and choreographer) is a Reno, NV based performer, choreographer, and teacher. They hold a BA in Dance and Geography from the University of Nevada, Reno. They have performed professionally with dance companies such as Around the Stage, Collateral & Co, With or Without Dance, and Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre.

MsPixy Productions presents the best and most bizarre burlesque that Chicago has to offer.  Exploring the limits of the art form, MsPixy seeks out performers who push the boundaries of burlesque in every direction from sexy to sensual, extreme to absurd, and even slightly disturbing.  In this year's homage to the fierceness of femininity in the face of patriarchal posturing, performers will stamp the stage with their own personal brand of femme expression.  Come prepared to ooh and ahh, laugh and gasp, cheer and sigh.

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-Thank You So Much For Coming is an experimental performance duo formed in 2015 by Maddy Rager and Scott Crandall.

-Thank You So Much For Coming is an ornate intricate stained glass iPhone case that says “WHERE AM I??” on the back.

-Thank You So Much For Coming is what they say happens when you eat certain food before going to bed, but if the food was queer white people who hate capitalism, but who also totally buy fast food more than they want to admit.

-Thank You So Much For Coming is a sentient Wikihow illustration for “How To Performance Artist”.

-Thank You So Much For Coming sends gleaming invitations to our fun sparkly birthday party that happens every day and we are scared of getting older.

-Thank You So Much For Coming brazenly stares down the stupid like a turned around athlete in the Bull Run of Pamplona and invites you to stare with/at us.

Gina T’ai + Company: Gina T’ai has been creating and crafting performances, dances, and spectacles for 20+ years. She earned both her BA and MFA from Hollins University. Ms. T’ai is on faculty at Beloit College (WI) 2009-present, teaching in the departments of Theatre and Dance, Critical Identity Studies, and Media Studies. Her artistic work has been presented nationally and internationally 

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including Performatica, The American Dance Festival (ADF), Center for Performance Research (CPR), Richmond Dance Festival, the Queerly Contemporary Festival, and Going Dutch. She has published research in the journals Dance Education in Practice, the Journal of Dance Education, and in Contact Quarterly (CQ).


Going Dutch Festival Committee:

Going Dutch Festival Crew:

Special Thanks To: 

Erin Rehberg, Amanda Harris, Ivette De Santiago, Jess Rocha, Cory Kirsininkas

Monty Etzcorn, Tanner Melvin, Erin Rehberg, Amanda Harris, Ivette De Santiago, Jess Rocha, Cory Kirsininkas

Yesenia Arroyo, The Bouwmeester Family, Martini Room, Tanner Melvin, Spring Bird, Still Life Mediation


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