"Square Dance" - Two forklifts perform a choreographed dance in five movements.
“Square Dance” is a performative public sculpture that will be staged on Daley Plaza (the “square”). The work is a choreographed dance involving two forklifts and their drivers, two carpenters, and a stack of augmented wooden construction pallets. The two forklifts, working in tandem, will perform 5 dance sequences: Love, Duel, Synchronicity, Play, and Dare. Within these choreographies, the forklifts perform "steps" including lifting, flipping, and sliding pallets, while moving around the square in trajectories that make use of a forklift's unique agility; its ability to pivot, spin, and pirouette. Initially, the wooden pallets are stacked in a tower, but upon being removed by the forklifts they become dance props. After the dance sequences are complete, pallets will be "offered" to the audience and are transformed by the carpenters into sculptural benches (a public theater) upon which viewers can sit and watch the rest of the dance unfold. The numerous sculptures created during the performance play with the idea of how we "stage" urban space in both the physical and cultural sense. The public can utilize the stages as bleachers, to watch the continuing forklift dance, or as a place upon which to stage their own actions or performances.
Square Dance is presented by Happy Collaborationists as a part of Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, a retrospective of Industry of the Ordinary at the Chicago Cultural Center. Generous support is provided by DCASE, Hasak Cold Storage, Amit Hasak, Ireneo Reyes, Pete Hawryluk, Madeline J. Renwick, Jenna Deidel, and Quyen Le. Square Dance is also supported by a Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.