DYLAN NICHOLE BANDY is a performance artist and writer.
Her works have been shown at the HAU Eins (Berlin), Theater Kana (Szczecin), Theaterhaus Gessnerallee (Zürich), and BETA Fest (Norwich). She has collaborated with and worked for artists and companies such as the Chicago Opera Theater, Mayne Stage, Reynold Reynolds, Maja Bajevic, Damian Rebgetz, Trey Gunn, Gracie Hagen, Opera Oggi, and the Metro Chamber Orchestra.
She has performed at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), the DAAD Gallerie (Berlin), the Museum for Contemporary Art (Chicago), the Marriott Marquis (Times Square), the Whyte Museum (Banff), the HfM Hanns Eisler (Berlin), the MAC (Indiana University), and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts (CA).
She received her Bachelors from Indiana University Jacob's School of Music in Voice Performance. Her contemporary performance work began in Berlin in 2011 as collaborative and experimental works with other artists. She is currently working on a solo piece entitled I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT I'M DOING I'VE ALWAYS KNOWN I JUST DIDN'T TRUST MYSELF BEFORE. It is a feminist coming-of-age story.
In this short film--made for under $200--writer/director/actor Dylan Nichole Bandy tells the story of a woman about to turn 30 who hates her new couch.
BOHEME IN A BAR
BOHEME IN A BAR premiered in April 2014 at Act One Pub | Mayne Stage in Chicago, IL. It is a site-specific La Boheme with Ryan Center & Chicago Opera Theater Young Artist singers. The opera was performed with small string ensemble and chorus in a bar setting over the course of three nights, split up into different acts.
Directed by Dylan Nichole Bandy Musical Direction by Sarah Jenks
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.
a /Kor/ Production
STRANGERS IN A SONG III
STRANGERS IN A SONG III is a solo adaptation for Chicago Home Theater Festival 2014 (CHTF) in Logan Square. The evening included performances by artists Stephanie Acosta (The Ladies Almanac), Brandon Wayne Moorehead (The Fly Honey Show), and Walkabout Theater (Wild).
This third rendition of Strangers in a Song offers a more focused theatrical performance, incapsulating some of the same themes as the original--voyeurism in the technological age, intimacy, privacy--while leaning heavily on the loneliness that saturates a person's interaction with her computer. A collage of videos played in cacophony: an interview with David Foster Wallace, LSD research, feel-good memes, Louis CK's bit on airplane travel, all as backdrop to a larger conversation on connection, in the foreground a cellphone concert offered to individulas willing to risk possible connection.
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 II
The 100º Festival in Berlin is a curated experimental-theater festival for young artists hosted by the Hebbel Am Ufer Theater and Sophiensaele. In 2012, Strangers in a Song participated in the 100º Festival and won the Audience Award.
Strangers in a Song was created by Dylan Bandy & Sibylle Polster. It is a live audio installation that offers a private concert by phone.
Nooks and crannies of the sardine-packed festival were transformed from unassuming utility spaces into intimate lounge areas, while performers--all contemporary opera singers--are visible but inaccessible behind windows and trapped in closets. Lounge areas offer a menu of songs and a phone number. Private performances by phone become a sort of voyeuristic spectacle.
"I type 8-4-2-6 and on the other end I hear a deep and pleasing female voice. 'What would you like?' she whispers into the phone. I have a choice between the virgin, the bad girl or the know-it-all. If I were a man, I would feel strange by now." --100 Wort
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STRANGERS IN A SONG I
STRANGERS IN A SONG is a live audio installation that offers a private concert by phone. It was created by Dylan Bandy & Sibylle Polster and premiered September 3rd, 2011 at Mica Moca in Berlin.
At a vault-making factory in the Wedding district of Berlin, opera singers give private concerts over the phone. A gallery space offers visual representations of each singer, curated from found objects and given materials by the individual singers on the day of the concert. Evening comes, and the singers depart into rooms in the three-building complex. The public enters the gallery space. Menus of songs intermingle with objects in each installation, next to them corresponding phone numbers. A concert for you alone. And, the sounds spill out onto the courtyard below, another concert given to the crowd of unsuspecting bar guests.
Strangers in a Song explores intimacy and voyeurism in the technological age.