Category Archives: Performances

Full Moon Jam 2018

Chicago Full Moon Jam 2018 - Fire performance near Foster Beach - Photography by Michael Courier

I’m not sure I would recommend doing this, but it does make for a pretty cool photo.

It’s been a few years since I’ve been to a Full Moon Jam, so last night I went out and captured some of the performances. The fire breathers are always my favorites, but the whole event is a joy to see.

Check out their website for more info, and there is another performance next month!

Chicago Full Moon Jam 2018 - Fire performance near Foster Beach - Photography by Michael CourierChicago Full Moon Jam 2018 - Fire performance near Foster Beach - Photography by Michael CourierChicago Full Moon Jam 2018 - Fire performance near Foster Beach - Photography by Michael CourierChicago Full Moon Jam 2018 - Fire performance near Foster Beach - Photography by Michael CourierChicago Full Moon Jam 2018 - Fire performance near Foster Beach - Photography by Michael CourierChicago Full Moon Jam 2018 - Fire performance near Foster Beach - Photography by Michael CourierChicago Full Moon Jam 2018 - Fire performance near Foster Beach - Photography by Michael CourierChicago Full Moon Jam 2018 - Fire performance near Foster Beach - Photography by Michael CourierChicago Full Moon Jam 2018 - Fire performance near Foster Beach - Photography by Michael CourierChicago Full Moon Jam 2018 - Fire performance near Foster Beach - Photography by Michael CourierChicago Full Moon Jam 2018 - Fire performance near Foster Beach - Photography by Michael Courier

National Children’s Festival Chorus

National Children's Festival Chorus for Manhattan Concert Productions - Performing Arts Photography by Michael Courier

The National Children’s Festival Chorus performing at St. James Cathedral in Chicago, presented by Manhattan Concert Productions.

It was great to work with Manhattan Concert Productions again, this time photographing the National Children’s Festival Chorus at St. James Cathedral. The chorus contained students from schools in Arizona, Illinois, and Virginia. Besides an evening of beautiful music, it was also a gorgeous venue!

National Children's Festival Chorus for Manhattan Concert Productions - Performing Arts Photography by Michael CourierNational Children's Festival Chorus for Manhattan Concert Productions - Performing Arts Photography by Michael Courier

This Boat Called My Body for ICAH

This Boat Called My Body for the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health - Performing Arts Photography by Michael Courier

The production of This Boat Called My Body for the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH) at Palmisano Park in Chicago.

This Boat Called My Body for the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health - Performing Arts Photography by Michael CourierThis Boat Called My Body for the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health - Performing Arts Photography by Michael Courier

The story “seats audiences in a metaphor of islands that youth must navigate to access abortion.”

Last month, I worked with the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH) for their production of This Boat Called My Body at Palmisano Park in Chicago. The piece was part of the 2nd season of public work for their performance company For Youth Inquiry (FYI).

There is a lot that can be said about my experiences capturing this performance. For one, I’ve never photographed a theatrical performance in a quarry before, so that was cool! The weather was overcast that day, so it helped a bit with the quality and evenness of light, but it did present a few challenges.

The thoughts I keep gravitating toward are to the messages of the piece, especially in our current political climate.

Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, it’s been a constant slide toward overturning that ruling. Without getting too deep into the weeds now, as we watch countries like Ireland — historically a conservative, Catholic nation in regards to abortion — recently vote to end their ban, it’s interesting to watch America try to move in the opposite direction. With Justice Kennedy recently retiring from the Supreme Court, fears of Roe v. Wade being overturned are a bit closer to reality.

My thoughts also gravitate toward me. I have no idea what it’s like to get pregnant, or almost pregnant. Why should someone like me have the right to inhibit a choice? Why should someone like me have the ability to take away those rights?

The themes of the play walked the audience through these issues, to discuss the hurdles and challenges with legal abortion. To talk through the health risks, the fears, and the trauma around making this choice.

With such a polarizing topic, I don’t expect to change any minds. To experience someone else’s struggle, we have to hear their story for ourselves — and with This Boat Called My Body, we get to do just that.

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