CHARLIE VERNON

"Modern dance is a great sport if you know someone on the team."

Charlie Vernon, from Lake Forest, IL, came to Chicago in 1976 after receiving a BFA in Dance from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He wrote about dance in the Chicago Reader and choreographed his own works, presenting at venues such as MoMing Dance and Arts Center and the Name Gallery. In 1978, he co-founded Links Hall with Carol Bobrow and Bob Eisen.

May 26, 2016: Charlie Vernon discussed his variety of movement studies in college at UIUC, including dance and tai chi. He talked about the dance he saw while covering the form for the Reader and the vital role language and text went on to play in his own choreography. Vernon shared memories of dancing at MoMing and Links Hall, especially with its co-founders, Bob Eisen and Carol Bobrow. He discussed his artistic influences and philosophies and showed examples of his work on DVD.

The Charlie Vernon Collection is a sampling of materials from Vernon’s career as a dancer and choreographer in the 1970s and 1980s. It includes archival footage of three performances, two choreographic scores, and an essay written by Vernon to commemorate Links Hall’s 30th anniversary.

black and white photo of caucasian man doing a hand stand

"When I wrote my voiceovers, they sprung out of my head."

"Everything that I did in my movement career started with my center."

"We don't have as many crazies who think that the world revolves around them."

All images and video on this site are the property of Chicago Dance History Project. To request permission to use these materials, please contact CDHP.

Full interview videos and transcripts also available upon request.

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