Hi ya'll! Im Maggie Robinson and I'm so excited for you all to see Consumed! I am pretty new to Chicago (I moved here from Tennessee just in time to see the Cubs win!) and working with Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble has been such an affirmation that moving here was the right choice. I have a background in Musical Theatre and have also choreographed/taught theatre and dance for a while- but I have never had the opportunity to be a part of such a political, personal, and purposeful piece before. It has been a ride and a huge blessing, that is for sure!
I moved here just before the election- and the auditions for Consumed were exactly a week after Election Day. I remember going up to Ellyzabeth and Sara and just saying "Thank you for letting me dance and not think about how scared I am for a couple of hours." This political climate is intense and concerning to say the least. I feel like I would be crippled by my fears of where this nation may be headed if it weren't for Consumed being such a huge part of my life these past several months. This piece, this company, this ensemble of artists making a message about what consumes our lives has provided an outlet that allows every. voice. to. be. heard. In a time where we must be so vocal and stand up for all that is right and all that we believe in- it is just as powerful to dance it out, too. I have been able to reground myself and reconnect with the roots of my spirit again, and the credit is due to Consumed.
This process has been a challenge because we all have created movement, that you will see, at every rehearsal. Now, if you needed a sexy, Jazz/MT Dance I could lay one down for you in a flash... But, ironically enough, creating a narrative and then also creating movement to compliment that within a modern style has been challenging. But that's a beautiful thing! Challenge is how we grow!
I don't want to give too much away about the piece itself... but I do want to say that YOU should see it. Not for us- but because I am willing to bet there is something in this piece that you could relate to. There is something for EVERYONE in Consumed- because, in some way, we are all consumed by something; whether it's our fears, our things, our work, our families....we all have something that has a stronghold in our lives. So, let's connect. I sure hope to see you there!