Collaboration with Kirsten Leenaars
THE FRANKLIN (2013)
Boulevard Dreamers is a traveling installation and variety show responding to the specific narratives and communities of the sites and venues it visits. This collaborative project by artists Lise Haller Baggesen and Kirsten Leenaars consists of three parts: a site-specific stage set, a series of performances, and an installation of the growing collection of portraits of the Boulevard Dreamers performers. Boulevard Dreamers questions and celebrates the production of self in a society dominated by one spectacle alone: desire. Through a little glamour, a little glitter, and with a little help from their friends, Baggesen and Leenaars explore how we are moved by the agency of desire and the magical allure of being in the spotlight. The first iteration was held at The Franklin, other iterations followed at the Museum of Contemporary, the Poetry Foundation in Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago.
In a collaborative work created for the Franklin they investigate the ways in which cultural practices and the media stage their subjects and thus form positions for their audiences. Performances from different disciplines and neighborhoods throughout Chicago are participating during opening night, performers at the Franklin included: Re-birth, Marvin Tate, Najwa Dance Corps, Dan Sullivan, Anni Holm, Dasha Filippova, In The Spirit: Zahra Baker & Emily Lansana, Jim Dorling, Plain White Tom, Michael Soto & Madeleine Aguilar
CONTEMPORARY ART (2014)
The MCA presentation of Boulevard Dreamers included performances by artists such as spoken word social activists Rebirth, writer, spoken word poet, and musician Marvin Tate, and experimental music group the Pillowhammer, among others.
POETRY FOUNDATION (2016)
Performers at the Poetry Foundation included: Rebirth Poetry Ensemble, Michael Green and Adam Sonderberg, The Pillowhammer, Ego Mechanics, Junior Magician, Riya Jain, Lucía Mier y Terán Romero, Henry Barrett, Chiara No, and Anni Holm.
ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO (2018)
Performers at AIC include: Green / Shriner, Emily Hooper Lansana, Rebirth, Fred and Pearl Sasaki, Henry Barrett, Toni Asante Lightfoot, Post Studio Band, H1BA, Summer Tribble, Anni Holm, The Sensational Travelers of Zion, Fffoney Fffarian: Boney M Tribute, I Yell Because I Care, Jose-Luis Moctezuma, Riya Jain, Witnesses for Christ, Jessica Cambell, Joe Barrett, Phaedra Darwish, Dina Frigo, Naomi Harvey-Turner, Angela Gawthrop, Becky Aspell, Country Priest, Christopher Gambino, Chicago Gamelan Gadhon
Boulevard Dreamers interview at Bad at Sports:
Water Music on the Beach is an annual series of live performances initiated by 6018North in 2012 to highlight Chicago’s proximity to Lake Michigan. Compositions and scores reflect, react to, or personify the sounds of water. This event connects two performance series – Water Music on the Beach and Boulevard Dreamers – to create a community-focused variety show that celebrates Chicago’s location on Lake Michigan and connects the community of talent and audiences from Edgewater, Rogers Park, and Uptown.