Connect the Dots – Call for Artists

EMP’s guest curator, Erin Rehberg (Core Project Chicago), is looking for artists and collaborators for our upcoming project: Connect the Dots.

That thing: Love at first sight. Gut instinct. Instant attraction. The indescribable connection with another that can be felt but not articulated. Connect the Dots will describe/explore/illustrate/discuss those very human connections and the questions they provoke. Can it be explained to someone who has never felt it? Are we all capable of that experience? Does it even exist or is it simply ingrained animal biology? The show examines what may lie deeper beneath attraction to another, whether one is family, friend,
lover, or other.

Connect the Dots is looking for original movement, media, and audio work, as well as visual art that attempts to explore interpersonal connection. Works will be presented in a gallery setting for two evenings of performance March 22 and 23, 2013 at EMP.

Additionally, Rehberg will be in residence at EMP for the week leading up to the culminating exhibition and performance, and would like to collaborate with local artists to create a shared work or works regarding connection. With your submission, please indicate if you are willing and able to work on the connection collaboration.

To submit work, please send the following info to Erin Rehberg at or via mail at 111 Crighton Ave., Elgin, IL 60123:

• Name of group or individual artist
• Contact Person
• Contact Person phone number and email address
• A brief description of your piece(s)
• An on-line link or DVD of rehearsal footage of new or existing performance work, 3 to 5 images of visual art, installation or mixed-media work, and/or audio files

All submissions must be received by Saturday, February 16. Selected artists will be notified by Saturday, February 23.



Erin Rehberg

Erin Rehberg, M.F.A. is Founder and Artistic Director of Core Project, a dance-based, interdisciplinary performing arts collective and Director of the new arts facility Side Street Studio Arts in Elgin, IL. Core Project, now entering its 7th season, pushes the boundaries of storytelling through artistic collaboration with dramatic, sound, media and text artists.

Erin earned a B.A. in Journalism from Western Illinois University, during which time she performed in the 1998 and 2000 ACDFA National College Dance Festivals. In 1998, she studied technique and choreography at the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC, where she was later hired the Director of Press and Marketing for the 2002 and 2003 seasons. From 2001 to 2011, she was a founding member of Kim Nofsinger’s Shelter Repertory Dance Theatre.

More recently, she has performed the choreography of Stefanie Batten Bland and E.E. Balcos, and has danced with Jay-Son/Tisa Dance Company, Nicole Gifford Dance, Jennifer Sandoval and others. Erin teaches and fuses multiple dance styles and has set work on dancers attending Bucknell University, WIU, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Southern Illinois Dance Center and Prep Dance School and in schools all over the Chicago area including the Beverly Arts Center, where she directed the Summer Arts Experience-interdisciplinary arts camp. She helped found Suite 132 Dance Company as the company manager and choreographed three premiere works on its dancers. Her choreography has been produced around the United States and recently in China, and she has produced site-specific work throughout Illinois.

Through Core Project she has curated a variety of inter-arts happenings, working closely with artists across the country regarding common themes. Erin earned her M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago in 2009 where she expanded her creative horizons by pursuing dance for the camera surrounding creative process and in live performance. She has been on faculty at Interlochen Center for the Arts and Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts and is currently on faculty at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN and DancEd Dance Center in Northbrook, IL. Erin was a 2010 recipient of a Chicago Cultural Center DanceBridge Residency and a 2011 recipient of The Studios of Key West artist residency. (