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Jeff Hancock

Jeff Hancock (Costume Design) just completed an MFA from Hollins University in choreography. He performs, teaches, choreographs and designs movement, and clothing that moves all over the US and abroad. He examines the mutual influence of the performance of movement and clothing. Since 1990, throughout his years dancing for River North, Hubbard Street, Same Planet Different World and many others, his dance and design life collided, supported and informed each other. Humans, movement, and curiosity about the semiotics of clothing has fueled his long history of aesthetic exploration ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, minimalism to excess. Recent performance: Rid of Them with Molly Shanahan/Madshak at Elevate Dance Chicago, Of Whales, Time and Your Last Attempt to Reach Me with Molly Shanahan/MadShak at Calvin College and the Dance Center of Columbia College. Recent choreography: Love With/out Trembling, And We Shall Be Rid of Them, a collaboration with Molly Shanahan/MadShak, ellipsis and smear Northwestern University’s Danceworks, The Great Gatsby - NU Louis Theatre, Impolite Society at The Kennedy Center.

Recent design projects: Margi Cole – Surfacing, Peter Carpenter – When Bodies Ring, Wini Haun – This Is (Not) My Body and trashed, Khecari The Retreat, Page Cunningham – On the Verge, 25thAnniversary Dance For Life Finale-Choreographer Randy Duncan, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project- Jimmie Blues, Walkabout Theater, the cure, Curmudgeon Productions-Fantasmagorie, Lucky Plush- SuperStrip, Parsons Dance Co.-Train. He was nominated for a Northwestern University McCormick Distinguished Lecturer Award, Ruth Page Awards for his dancing and choreography, and is an Illinois Arts Council grant recipient.