DYLAN NICHOLE BANDY is a performing artist, director, and producer.
She has collaborated with and worked for artists and companies such as the Chicago Opera Theater, Mayne Stage, Reynold Reynolds, Maja Bajevic, Trey Gunn (King Crimson), Damian Rebgetz (Gob Squad), and Gracie Hagen (Illusions of the Body).
She has performed in a myriad of new works including Dinner Dance at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Voices of Light/Joan of Arc at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (NY), The Lost at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Too be continued... at the DAAD Gallerie (Berlin), The Waiting Room at the Whyte Museum (Banff), and various concerts.
Her contemporary performance works—most notably the award-winning Strangers in a Song—have been shown at the Hebbel Am Ufer Theater (Berlin), Theater Kana (Szczecin), Theaterhaus Gessnerallee (Zürich), BETA Fest (Norwich), and Mica Moca (Berlin).
DUET FOR TWO FEMALES is a story about moshpit nosebleeds, shithead boyfriends, and cockblocking. A short film by Angelica Malerba. Not yet available for public viewing.
BOHEME IN A BAR
BOHEME IN A BAR is a site-specific opera with Ryan Center & Chicago Opera Theater Young Artist singers. The concept is La Boheme in a bar with a small string ensemble, sung in the original Italian, with clowns for interpretation. The opera was put on by /kor/ Productions and premiered April 2014 at Act One Pub | Mayne Stage in Chicago.
Directed by Dylan Nichole Bandy. With singers: Zach Vanderburg as Rodolfo, Johanna Moffitt as Mimi, Loren John Battieste as Marcello, Lauren Berman as Musetta, Daniel Grambow as Shaunard, Keanon KC Kyles as Colline, and Mario Aivazian as Benoit. And with narration by actors Josh Hambrock & Rob Grabowski. Ensemble: Kristen Bigham, Angela De Venuto, Gracia Gillund, Kelley Holcomb, Brad Jenks, Helen Knudsen, Michelle Mestas, Cornelia Miller, and Dale Powell.
EXPOSURE BERLIN is a site-specific piece of music theater written for the Delphi silent film cinema in Berlin. It is based on the surrealist play The Breasts of Tiresias by Guillaume Apollinaire, and was performed in October 2012 to great acclaim from Sugarhigh Berlin, Tagesspiegel, and BZ. Produced by Per Aspera Productions.
STRANGERS IN A SONG | HAU
STRANGERS IN A SONG is a live audio installation created by myself & German director Sibylle Polster.
It played and won at the 100º Festival in Berlin, a curated experimental theater festival for young artists.
Nooks and crannies of the festival are transformed from unassuming utility spaces into intimate lounge areas, each with a phone. Singers are trapped in enclosed spaces, behind windows, in closets, awaiting the rush of calls between main-stage performances. We are the desperate attempt to pull focus; we are learning to use the institution to our advantage. Singers and audience are both visible to passersby, but not to each other. It's voyeurism and spectacle.
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STRANGERS IN A SONG | MICA MOCA
STRANGERS IN A SONG is a live audio installation created by myself & Sibylle Polster.
It premiered September 3rd, 2011 at Mica Moca Berlin, then toured internationally to Norwich, Stettin, and Zürich. It explores intimacy and voyeurism in the technological age.
At a vault-making factory in the Wedding district of Berlin, a gallery of objects invites participation. Phones numbers and a list of songs are displayed. Singers wait in factory rooms not visible to the caller. The phone rings: "I'd like the number two." It is a durational performance.