Lucky Plush Productions
Lucky Plush Productions (LPP) is a Chicago-based dance theater company led by founder and Artistic Director Julia Rhoads. LPP is committed to provoking and supporting an immediacy of presence—a palpable liveness— shared by performers in real-time with audiences. The company is equally dedicated to creating work that is richly complex while also being broadly accessible. Critics and audiences alike recognize LPP for its complex choreography, moving content, surprising humor, and incisive commentary on contemporary culture. Since its founding in 1999, LPP has premiered over 30 original works, including 10 evening-length productions. Recent presentations of the company’s work include Spoleto Festival/USA (SC), Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (MA), Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (VT), Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (MD), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (IL), North Carolina State University (NC), Purdue Convocations (IN), Kohler Arts Center (WI), DANCEClevaland with Cleveland Playhouse (OH), Hancher Auditorium (IA), and the Dance & Physical Theatre Trust of New Zealand, among others. Lucky Plush has also collaborated with Lookingglass Theater, Redmoon Theater, Walkabout Theater, and the interdisciplinary collective M5.
LPP is the recipient of two National Performance Network Creation Fund awards, two NEFA National Dance Project Production Awards and Production Residency Awards, an NEA Art Works grant, an Illinois Arts Council Artstour Award, and a Metlife New Stages in Dance Award. The company has received commissioning support from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (IL), Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (MD), Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (VT), and Links Hall (IL). Press features include the Boston Globe ‘ “10 Best Dance Performances of 2013," Chicago Public Radio’s “Best of 2011” ;Chicago Reader ‘ “Best of Chicago 2010” ;Time Out Chicago ‘ “The Decade’s 10 Best Original Dance Works” ;Chicago Tribune ‘ “Best of Dance 2008” ;Chicago Sun-Times' “Lasting memories in Dance” for 2005 and 2007, and a Time Out Chicago cover story “5 reasons to love dance in Chicago."
Additionally, LPP spearheaded Creative Partners, a collaborative financial model that provides professional fundraising for three Chicago arts organizations: Lucky Plush Productions, Blair Thomas & Co, and eighth blackbird.