SEEN is a multidisciplinary song cycle by artist ALEXA GRÆ, which seeks to discover ‘what happens when we ask the forbidden question?’ When we ask for what we want from a vulnerable state—are our questions answered? Do we get what we seek? And does this constant state of vulnerability develop into a suit of armor—does it become our own empowerment?
Electronic orchestrations create the musical landscape of SEEN. Musical inspiration is drawn from the world of classical art song and the experimentation of R&B, and is infused with movement and video projections. Come to ask the universal questions of lovers, of society, and of yourself. How are you SEEN in all of the spaces and places you occupy? How do you want to be SEEN?
ALEXA GRÆ‘s work is a combination of artistic disciplines informed by specialized academic training in music composition and opera. Rigorous training as an opera student challenged them to transcend the boundaries of various art forms and to understand cultural boundaries of art in the everyday world. They bridge these chasms by focusing on how art informs identities, socialization habits, self-expression, and the ability to create, creating genre-defying performances that incorporate multiple dance styles, theatrical personas, and experimental storytelling styles. Themes of deconstructing classical forms, beliefs about the feminine and masculine, and channeling greater collective consciousness find an evolving presence in ALEXA GRÆ’s work. Their mission is to identify moments of pure imagination and innocent creation, harnessing the immediate kinship it creates in order to draw us all toward something divine, something as yet to be defined.
The Chicago Queer Arts Mentorship Program (CQAMP) supports Chicago queer arts and artists by partnering emerging artists with established professionals through year-long mentorships focused on project- or career-specific goals. CQAMP fosters artistic partnerships, invests in queer cultural heritage, and supports healthy professional practices under the guidance of Program Director/Creator Joe Varisco.
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