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400 s. peoria st. - suite 3112
chicago, il 60607


something i used to know

By CKOlsen_admin · April 28, 2021

something i used to know An installation housed in UIC’s AEH Building at 400 s. Peoria, Room 5204 (May 2021). 9’ W x 8’ H 8’ D, within a 12’ W x 20’ D Room. (Plaster, Muslin, Wood Lath, Light)



By CKOlsen_admin · April 14, 2021 Choreography, film, edit, score by: Kaia; Performed by: Kristen Vasilakos



By CKOlsen_admin · March 1, 2021

WHEN BREATH LEAVES THE BODY is an active installation designed to engage participants in the manifestation of an ice and steel tower that will inevitably collapse. The piece rises over a period of approximately 60-90 minutes, and is best suited to an outdoor staging in 60+ degree weather. Indoor iterations employ an 8’ x 8’ […]



By CKOlsen_admin · December 9, 2020

The below are a selection of recent Performance/Film works devised, directed, written, choreographed, and edited by Chris Olsen. With the exception of Butterfly, all films were also shot and recorded by Chris. Additionally, Chris provided the musical score and recording for Bug.


May I Fall To Pieces & Whacher

By CKOlsen_admin · December 1, 2020

Installed at UIC in the 400 s. Peoria building 5th floor November 30,2020 – December 18th 2020 Two forms stand interconnected by sight. The upper stretches outwards, balanced upon a rising tower of individually stacked wooden blocks, basking in the sunlight while casting long shadows down towards the lower. The lower casts its wide gaze […]



By CKOlsen_admin · October 3, 2020

Alone amongst many (wood, twine, 7’h x 3’w x 3’d, 10/3/2020)



By CKOlsen_admin · February 8, 2020

A Performance/Film devised, directed, written, choreographed, scored and edited by Chris Olsen; performed by Kristen Vasilakos.



By CKOlsen_admin · October 18, 2019

The below are a selection of recent Performance/Film works devised, directed, written, choreographed, and edited by Chris Olsen.



By CKOlsen_admin · August 8, 2019

Welcome to the SHOUTBOX podcast! Join me as I explore the vast spectrum of identity through the voices and perspectives of some truly inspiring human beings. Each week I will travel along the frontlines of individuality and the human condition, meet those building pathways towards equality and representation, and examine the complexities of identity, gender, […]



By CKOlsen_admin · July 20, 2017

TXAI premiered in July of 2017. This was my second Brazilian stage show in partnership with Gingarte Capoiera, and featured Jazz Singer Dill Costa, music direction and performances from Moacyr Marchini, narration from Amani Conley, appearances by Chicago Samba, and a star studded cast of dancers, musicians, and capoeiristas from all over the world. The show played to […]