The Cotton Mouth Club
"You expect high-octane performing in a Chicago Dance Crash endeavor, and, in their latest, "The Cotton Mouth Club," you get it." -Chicago Tribune
Chicago Dance Crash unleashes its 21st Century fusion of styles on prohibition-era Chicago and the 1980’s of our youth in “The Cotton Mouth Club,” a time-traveling fable of hot jazz, romance, smoldering street violence and personal redemption. For Crash’s annual summer signature, Jessica Deahr and Robert McKee transform the stage of the historic Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre into a full-blown speakeasy.
Using hip hop, ballet, jazz, swing, acrobatics, breakdance, and contemporary dance styles, “The Cotton Mouth Club” spins the saga of Rooster and Zora, an oil and water couple of young adults, he the speakeasy owner plowing through an endless nightlife, she the wife left waiting for the commitment promised but not delivered. Caught in the middle of rival gangs of moonshine-making boys, Rooster must make a critical choice between a familiar world of urban violence or personal awakening.
Set in an era of hot jazz and silicon smooth swing, this surreal prohibition fantasy is reminiscent of Outkast’s “Idlewild,” but our story doesn’t stop there, as “CMC” pops, locks, and weaves its way through dueling eras, rebooting the same collision course in an era fueled by B-Boys breakdancing to the King of Pop! “Cotton Mouth” shakes the dust off and offers two acts, two worlds, and one timeless story.