Julia Rae Antonick

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Tend is a service-based performance experience fulfilling a socially requisite and biologically exigent allogrooming need. Structured as a one hour appointment, the self-care informed dance and music scores simultaneously envelopes the audience while leaving space to allow your nervous system to settle, contemplate the inherent power differentials in human interaction, and allow the somatic possibility of conflict resolution in true social grooming form. Colliding necessity, extravagance, and irrelevance, it imagines a world where your monthly dance appointment is a legitimate need, a necessary line item in your personal budget. A haptic, phatic, and kinetic service providing a much-needed place to rest, recharge, reflect, reconcile. An environment supporting small talk, catching up, grooming bodies and relationships in turn.
In short, come ready to chat, be touched/touch, and watch a performance made especially for you.
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A idea of what you might experience:

An audience of two checking in at a reception desk
A choreographed service for tending hair and skin to activate c-tactile nerve fibers
Vellus through androgenic
Scalp through neck
Arms through fingertips
The other attendee(s) sitting in the lounge area and lightly chatting together and with the receptionist
Occasionally watching the movement of the service being performed
Or flipping through a devised magazine sitting on a coffee table
Being guided through an experience of small talk as social glue
Observing and being observed
Body positive chitchat
Sending you back into the world
Socially stimulated
Somatically organized


Tend is one half of VICINITY DIPTYCH, and is being developed in tandem with Jonathan Meyer’s project as though your body were right. These pieces are conceived as a performance diptych and able to be experienced independently or as a double feature. Both works intend to significantly challenge the audience and simultaneously practice radical care for each attendee, inviting people into a safer space to delve into inherently uncomfortable but rewarding material. The applications are solely to ensure open communication and informed consent.

Artists who are currently working on this project are:

Julia Rae Antonick – choreographer/director
Jonathan Meyer – environmental construction/design/lighting/project discussion
Gina Hoch-Stall – project discussion/main cast performer/care contact
Chih-Hsien Lin – project discussion/main cast performer
Enid Smith – project discussion/main cast performer
Helen Lee – project discussion/main cast performer
Joe St.Charles – composer/project discussion
Jeff Hancock – environmental construction/costuming/project discussion

Artists who have contributed to the project in the past are:

Heather LaHood – architect/project discussion/environmental construction/design
Ali Lorenz – project development cast/project discussion

Phillip Wood – project development cast/project discussion
Jordan Reinwald – project development cast/project discussion
Kellyn Jackson – project development cast/project discussion
Jenn Freeman – project discussion/graphic development/project development cast
JmeJames – project discussion/project development cast
Precious Jennings – childcare
Jamila Kekula Kinney – project training/discussion
Jyreika Guest – project training/discussion
Francine Kelley – project training/discussion
Suzi Coates – project training/discussion
Jenny Oelerich – project discussion/project development cast
Charlie Vail – project discussion/project development cast
Maddy Joss – project discussion/project development cast
Amanda Maraist
– project movement exploration

Ian Vecchiotti – photography/videography
Erin Lynch – videography


Photography – Ian Vecchiotti
Pictured – Amanda Maraist, Ali Lorenz, Enid Smith, Chih Hsien Lin, Charlie Vail, Kellyn Jackson, Jordan Reinwald

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