Chris Schlichting with Jennifer Davis & Alpha Consumer
Chris Schlichting is a Minnesota-based Choreographer and performer. He was named “Best Choreographer” in 2013 by City Pages for his work Matching Drapes, which also received two Sage Awards, including on for “Best Performance” and one for “Best Design”. He is the first recipient of the American Dance Institute’s (Rockville, MD) Commissioned Artist award, a new project that provides commissioning funds, developmental and production support for a new work from one U.S. based choreographer every year. Schlichting has been presented by venues throught Minnesota including the Southern Theater, the Red Eye Theater, the Walker Art Center and many more; in New Yord at Danspace Project and as a frequent contributor to CATCH! performance series; at ODC in San Francisco, CA; and at Velocity in Seattle, WA. He frequently collaborates with artists from a variety of disciplines, including Morgan Thorson, for performances in her works “Fake” and “Heaven”, both of which enjoyed illustrious tours throughout the U.S. and for “Faker” also in Daejeon, South Korea.
“Jennifer Davis is a Minneapolis-based artist known for her imaginative paintings of surreal creatures and whimsical characters. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions at venues such as The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis, MN); The DeVos Art Museum (Marquette, MI); Soo Visual Arts Center (Minneapolis, MN); Foster Museum (Eau Claire, WI); Bloomington Art Center (Bloomington, MN); and Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (Boone, NC), as well as several galleries in major cities across the United States.” – Public Functionary
“Endlessly inventive and gently strange, her characters are simultaneously unsettling and endlessly appealing. With tiny eyes and zipper mouths, they bumble haplessly about, falling into dreamy reveries or tumbling into ponds. Davis’ endlessly fertile imagination is well served by her linear style and pale palette.”- Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis-based three piece, Alpha Consumer have made their fair share of friends in the local scene, collaborating with the likes of Bon Iver, Andrew Bird and Brother Ali, just to name a few. Their own music leans more toward spastic new wave and oddball rock, drawing influences from Talking Heads and DEVO.
MOJO said: “(Alpha Consumer) reminded us of just how great American oddball rock used to be. The Modern Lovers meets Talking Heads but heavier is how we describe Alpha Consumer. In truth, they’re more entertaining than that.” -March 2011.
- Stripe Tease (Fusebox 2015)