Corbett vs. Dempsey presents…Sequesterfest (Vol. 4) The Reflection in the Puddle is Mine

June 26, 2020

CHICAGO – Sunday, June 28th, 2020, 7:00pm (Central Daylight Time)

As part of Experimental Sound Studio’s ongoing Quarantine Concerts, Corbett vs. Dempsey is pleased to present Sequesterfest 4, an hour-long film program featuring a selection of treasures from the Chicago Film Archives (CFA) collection. Chosen by archivist Michelle Puetz and Jim Dempsey, the films and videos screened provide rare and fascinating glimpses into life in Chicago, from the 1930s to the present day. A constant element throughout the program is the motif of dance, in more or less abstract forms – from dancing atoms to bodies in motion, and from the geometric to the lyrical. In 2014, CFA commissioned guitarist Jeff Parker to score films featuring Ruth Page and Sybil Shearer, two of which are presented here. The program takes its title from a 1961 film by dancer and choreographer Shearer and filmmaker Helen Morrison and documents Shearer’s dance company in a performance that moves from the mundane world of work to an abstract, spiritual level. All donations go directly to CFA.

These films convey a particular poetry and grit of a Midwestern city in mid-century. The movement and majesty of this mash-up combines historical source material, some with contemporary jazz scores, with an eye squarely on the place where hard work meets
artistic transcendence.

– Jim Dempsey

Watch here:

The Program
Sequesterfest Vol. 4
The Reflection in the Puddle is Mine
Sunday, June 28, 2020
7:00pm (CDT)