The Dancers’ Cooperative


Photo by Chelsea Ross

Developed with the support of the Chicago Department of of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, The Dancers Cooperative was a process-driven contemporary dance theater project led by emerging Chicago artists MaryAnn McGovern, Gretchen Soechting, Deborah Byczkowski, and Kellyn Jackson. Acting as co-directors and ensemble, we worked to address the challenges of the traditional single-artist, not-for-profit model in a post-recession world. We posit that a small group of equal directing partners can achieve more in collaboration than in competition with one another.