Christine Hands

writing on the body what is written on the soul

Choreography

Writing on the body what is written on the soul.

I devoutly believe that through art we can touch the lives and hearts of others. I demonstrate this commitment to bettering the world around me by designing each choreography with a clear purpose and heartfelt commitment. I use elements of the theater including narrative structure, text, multimedia, and highly physical performance while abstracting concrete themes about our humanity, presenting dance that invites the viewer to impose their own understanding on each work. I am bringing the audience on a journey with the performers onstage; I am turning the soul inside out to be shared and witnessed. This process of sharing brings each of us closer to ourselves and closer to those around us. I aim to emotionally or intellectually educate and empower all members of society through this art-making. This is how I can begin to enact social change: by spreading awareness, building tolerance, and creating connections within my art. 
 

 
A Duet with Melissa (2017) A multimedia dance about two sisters, separated by distance.

A Duet with Melissa
(2017)

A multimedia dance about two sisters, separated by distance.

 
the Chromanauts (2016) Meet the Chromanauts: explorers of time and quantum-chroma space. They have set off on their most daring mission yet: exploration of the third dimension. Dance and visual art meet in this explosive live-action scifi adventure. Visual art by John Mosher  

the Chromanauts
(2016)

Meet the Chromanauts: explorers of time and quantum-chroma space. They have set off on their most daring mission yet: exploration of the third dimension. Dance and visual art meet in this explosive live-action scifi adventure. Visual art by John Mosher

 

I Know (2015) On August 4, 2013, my long-time friend and musician Matt Ryd lost his long battle with anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. Although he left this world, the most beautiful thing about art is that his voice is still with us after he has left; so many words and lyrics were left behind. After he passed, Ben Winter and I got together to finish this project. Matt was with us the whole time. 

I Know
(2015)

On August 4, 2013, my long-time friend and musician Matt Ryd lost his long battle with anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. Although he left this world, the most beautiful thing about art is that his voice is still with us after he has left; so many words and lyrics were left behind. After he passed, Ben Winter and I got together to finish this project. Matt was with us the whole time. 

In Passing (2014) Collaboration with guitarrist Adrian Medriano

In Passing
(2014)

Collaboration with guitarrist Adrian Medriano

A Place at the Table (2014) A piece about handicapped accessibility.

A Place at the Table
(2014)

A piece about handicapped accessibility.

 
ICICLES (2013) An evening length work presented at the Chicago Fringe Festival. The seasons serve as a temporal lense to examine how weather mirrors the changing temperatures of the fragile human heart. 

ICICLES
(2013)

An evening length work presented at the Chicago Fringe Festival. The seasons serve as a temporal lense to examine how weather mirrors the changing temperatures of the fragile human heart. 

 
Strophe, Epode and Epode II (2013, 2014) A work in three parts. 

Strophe, Epode and Epode II
(2013, 2014)

A work in three parts. 

To Be Determined (2013) A video / live performance art project examining how we inhabit the present  tense as ephemeral performers. "To Be Determined" was premiered in Tulsa, Oklahoma at Living Arts as a part of Continuous Present Tense. 

To Be Determined
(2013)

A video / live performance art project examining how we inhabit the present  tense as ephemeral performers. "To Be Determined" was premiered in Tulsa, Oklahoma at Living Arts as a part of Continuous Present Tense. 

Luke 5:10 (2007) ""Do not be afraid: from now on you will be fishers of men."

Luke 5:10
(2007)

""Do not be afraid: from now on you will be fishers of men."

Tease (2007) "Tease" was presented  on April 14, 2007 as choreographic research with  an academic paper at the University of Iowa Craft Critique Culture Conference: Sex in Public, Sex in private. The paper, written by Christine Hands, was titled: “Masculine Men and the Search for other Options: Masculinity Performance on the Western Stage.”

Tease
(2007)

"Tease" was presented  on April 14, 2007 as choreographic research with  an academic paper at the University of Iowa Craft Critique Culture Conference: Sex in Public, Sex in private. The paper, written by Christine Hands, was titled: “Masculine Men and the Search for other Options: Masculinity Performance on the Western Stage.”

Archive of Other Works by Christine Hands (2008-2015)  

Archive of Other Works by Christine Hands
(2008-2015)