Bread & Butter

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Funded on June 25, 2014
    • 106% contributed

This collaborative venture aims to produce a weekend of live dance performance examining the sustainability of the Chicago arts community.

About This Project

Bread & Butter, a collaborative venture between choreographer Cristina Tadeo and Chicago musician Nicholas Davio, explores artistic labor, worth and the perceived value of art as commodity and community. This ongoing performance project and community forum seeks to empower independent artists to advocate for the sustainability of our artistic community. The work is designed to spark conversation between artists and members of the community who consume art, including other artists, funders, viewers and other professionals who hire artists. This project has developed though a series of conversations and inquiries, including:

How do individual artists define the worth of their work monetarily and otherwise?

How are they willing to adapt or change to make a living as an artist?

How has the accessibility and mass consumption of popular technology affected the individual artist?

How do consumers of art (including other artists) value the labor and presentation of artistic work?

The performance features six dancers, sound design, and a gallery-style installation of vintage tape recorders that utilize past technology to investigate current issues in art. Recorded interviews are played back and manipulated throughout the performance in real time from analogue audio cassettes. The interviews are mixed with original sound design, bringing all of the voices in the same room and creating a soundscape for the live performance.

With the support of a 2013 Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, a small-scale version of this project was presented at Comfort Station Logan Square in August 2013. The work has sparked much conversation among participants and viewers, encouraging its continued development. This initial research period and set of performances have served as a strong foundation for a much larger version of the project that will premiere in fall 2014.

Your support will help us engage far more contributing artists, reach a larger audience, present the project in a larger venue and ensure each of the employed artists are compensated with an hourly wage for their time and talents.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Interested in contributing an interview (or another in-kind donation) to the project? Please contact me here: - !contact/c5jy

Thank yous

Contribute any amount or choose from the levels below.

  • $15
    Your name on the guest list for our fall premiere in Chicago ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $30
    Donor listing on our website & programs, and a thank you card mailed to your home (plus the rewards listed above) ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $50
    A signed performance poster (plus the rewards listed above) ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $75
    A personalized, recorded thank you on a cassette tape ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $100
    A signed and framed performance poster (plus the rewards listed above) ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $200
    One of our tape recorders (plus the rewards listed above) ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $500
    A private, 1-hour custom music service (performance or lesson) with sound designer Nicholas Davio (Chicagoland only) ($0.00 is tax deductible.)

Cristina Tadeo

Cristina Tadeo is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago, IL. Although movement is the primary focus of her current work, Tadeo continues to investigate collaborations in various artistic  disciplines.  Her choreographic works often engage with video, object art and set …

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  • Update 1: Thank you for helping us get this far!
    Posted on June 04, 2014


    We are now only $358 away from our funding match from 3Arts. Thank you for your support! Our goal is to meet our match by this Friday evening. Do you know other supporters of the arts? 

    You can help us meet our match by sharing our video with your networks. 

    With Gratitude,

    Cristina and Nick

    Posted on June 09, 2014


    Thanks to all your support, we are now 67% funded and on track to reach our goal of $4000! Your continued support means so much to us. THANK YOU


    Cristina, Nicholas & The Bread & Butter Team

    Bread & Butter
    Photo by Katie Graves

    Posted on June 26, 2014


    Bread & Butter

            Photo by Katie Graves

    Thanks to all of your support, we have reached our $4000 goal! We can now continue to develop the work and focus on planning for production. We are overwhelmed with joy and gratitude to see the long list of wonderful folks who have helped us get here. Thank you for supporting the arts, and believing in the power of live performance. We cannot thank you enough.

    We will be in touch as production plans develop, but until then, THANK YOU!

    With Gratitude,

    Cristina Tadeo & Nicholas Davio

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