3-channel video installation (2007)


“Three-peat” examines the intricate balance between improvised and rehearsed movement.

Excerpt of 10 minute loop

Five trained dancers repeat choreography they created in new and surprising ways. The resulting 3-channel video follows their struggle to remember, react and re-invent each dance. Through their pauses, changes, and exuberant imagination, they reveal small truths about the body, intelligence and forgetting.

Kumi Dikengil – Dance for Six from William Tell, Rossini
Kumi Dikengil began dancing at age 6 with the School of New Jersey Ballet. During high school she regularly performed as an apprentice with the professional company. They toured the East coast performing the Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and La Bayadere among others. In 2002 she recieved a BFA in dance from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Upon graduation she danced briefly for a modern company called Refractions in NYC. She has currently been teaching pilates in the Chicago area. This fall she will be returning to NJ to begin a doctorate program in physical therapy at Seton Hall University.

Jennifer Meek – We Got Our Own Way, Prefuse 73
Jennifer Meek graduated magna cum laude from Point Park University where she received a BFA with a concentration in jazz and modern dance. She has had the privilege of performing the works of many world-renowned choreographers including Sean Curran, David Parsons, Robert Battle, Daniel Ezralow, Joseph Mooradian, Margo Sappington, Ann Reinking, Lauri Stallings, and Lar Lubovitch. She performed, taught, and choreographed for Thodos Dance Chicago for four years. Jennifer is currently honored to be working with Lucky Plush Productions, Concert Dance, Inc, and Hedwig Dances. She also enjoys teaching and choreographing various styles of dance throughout the Chicago land area. She received a teaching certificate from the Temple of Kriya Yoga and has been sharing the benefits of yoga ever since…

Yolanda McKenzie – Control, Janet Jackson
Born and raised in Chicago, Yolanda has entertained audiences for over ten years with performances in theatre, dance and modeling. With roots in African and Jazz dance, Yolanda has performed with the Langbodo Dance Theatre of Chicago and many independent dance projects. She has also recently acted in plays such as “The Dawg In Me” and “The Colored Museum”. Yolanda continues to model for various hair companies and Chicago fashion designers. Yolanda currently dances with the Creative Soul ensemble in Chicago which features Modern and Hip-Hop dance. Interested in many dance styles throughout contemporary history, Yolanda enjoys coordinating dance movements relative to eras of time.

Kid Jungle – B-Boy World mix tape
Everything that’ll keep my attention going. I like to do so many things. I’m a hibachi chef, dancer but b-boy to the heart. I love cars and driving. I love spinning music with my technics. I cook, clean, watch my nieces along with my own daughter. I LOVE eating. That’s my thing. Don’t get me started. I love life, meeting talented people that’ll keep me motivated.

Ashtar Shamoun - Heads High, Mr. Vegas
Amongst all the other people sharing the gift of life, what does God have in store for me? I find myself pondering the idea daily… looking through my mind’s eye nearly brings me to tears. God blesses me… From the first day I began dancing, it has been entirely about releasing myself- no bounderies. I started these sessions of self expression in my mirror and, for several years, my inner soul of dance stayed unobserved beyond my room walls. I am a Hip-Hop, Reggae, African & Pop choreographer/ dancer. It is my mission to be true to myself, for that is the only way I can repay the gift of individuality that God has given me. I believe the path he has laid for me is one of boundless self expression. I pray my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ guides my journey through life, for his will is best for me… God blesses me with unconditional love and support from Margaret & Evelyn Shamoun- their love and support has gone beyond that of family; they keep me strong, focused—they remind me of the truth in life. Thank you! Shout out to Aaron, Erin, and Alan! Also Dora and Fam!

Erin O’Brien (coordination)
Alan Strathman (camera)
Edward Salem (PA)

Exhibition History:
G2 Gallery
August 11-September 8, 2007
847 West Jackson, 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60607

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  1. Marians says:

    Yay! Interesting…

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Aaron Henderson’s videos and installations examine the ways that humans move. Recent projects examine the personal, cultural and political ramifications of all action, from intimate gestures to displays of super-human acrobatics.

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