Joanna Furnans is a Chicago-based independent dance artist. Her work has been supported by a 2019 Schonberg Fellowship at the Yard, a 2019 Incubator Sponsorship at High Concept Labs, a 2018 Chicago Dancemaker’s Forum Lab Artist award, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Links Hall, the Chicago Moving Company, and the Walker Art Center’s Choreographer’s Evening.
As a dancer in the works of independent artists Karen Sherman, Morgan Thorson, and Chris Schlichting, she has performed at Jacob’s Pillow (MA), the American Realness Festival (NYC), the Fusebox Festival (Austin), the TBA Festival (Portland), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), the Chocolate Factory (NYC), PS122 (NYC), and the Center for Art and Performance (LA). Additionally, Furnans has performed in the works of Laurie Van Wieren, the BodyCartography Project, and Ginger Krebs.
Furnans is the co-founder and managing editor of the Performance Response Journal and has been a contributing dance writer for the Dance Center of Columbia College, the Windy City Times, Art Intercepts, and See Chicago Dance.
Studio: the grey space
“Long-limbed powerhouse Joanna Furnans can be physically intimidating…” — Chicago Tribune (2016)
“Furnans' stage presence carries the piece even at its most mysterious.” — Chicago Tribune (2015)
“…Furnans transforms an ordinary, methodical pass of dancing into a sexually, politically charged statement.” — Art Intercepts (2015)