DECEMBER 15, 2021 : Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Califone and Robyn Mineko Williams and Artists come together for a special in the round performance of their acclaimed collaboration, Echo Mine. Echo Mine was inspired by and created alongside Williams’ longtime mentor, Chicago dance icon and founding Hubbard Street dancer Claire Bataille. “The five-minute solo for Claire that we made together serves as the source material, the heartbeat, of Echo Mine,” says Williams. Bataille was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer one month after their first rehearsal in October 2017. Before her untimely death in 2018, Bataille encouraged the piece’s completion. The resulting work is a dreamlike memoir and meditation on themes of lineage, legacy, loss and hope. Highlighting musicians and dancers working together as one, Echo Mine blends Califone’s “urgent, lushly melodic” (Billboard) soundtrack with Williams’ “stirringly magnetic” (Chicago Reader) choreography. Joining Tim Rutili (bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals) are musicians Brian Deck (bass, electronics, percussion, synthesizer) and Ben Massarella (percussion), responding live within the framework of the Echo Mine score to the unique qualities and rhythms of each performance. Scenic and projection design by CandyStations featuring archival footage of Bataille, costume design by Hogan McLaughlin and lighting by Eric Southern complete the work.