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SHE MUST DIE is a cabaret and interdisciplinary performance piece. Artist Dylan Bandy creates environments that are dreamy and ephemeral, while soprano Brittany Loewen’s “controlled and powerful” voice acts as a gateway to another realm (Perform Ink Chicago). Laura Dern, Bandy’s two-person act, provides the comic relief with bizarre feminist interludes and pop-culture references. Our protagonist stabs herself, she takes the poison, she’s choked, she dies: goodbye, cruel world. SHE MUST DIE attempts to reconcile each tawdry demise with something overwhelming, an immersive internal landscape.
DYLAN BANDY is a director and artist. She has collaborated with companies such as Chicago Opera Theater, Mayne Stage, English Theater Berlin, and artists Reynold Reynolds, Maja Bajevic, Trey Gunn (King Crimson), Damian Rebgetz (Gob Squad), and Gracie Hagen (Illusions of the Body). She has performed in a myriad of new works including Dinner Dance at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Voices of Light at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, The Lost at Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, Too be continued… at the DAAD Gallerie Berlin, and The Waiting Room at the Whyte Museum in her hometown of Banff, AB. Her DIY performance works, most notably the award-winning Strangers in a Song, have been shown at the Hebbel Am Ufer Theater (Berlin), Theater Kana (Szczecin), Theaterhaus Gessnerallee (Zürich), BETA Fest (Norwich), Mica Moca (Berlin), and the Chicago Home Theater Festival. Dylan received her bachelor’s in Vocal Performance from Indiana University Bloomington.
BRITTANY LOEWEN is a lyric soprano. She recently received critical acclaim for her performance as Branghien in Frank Martin’s Le Vin Herbé at Chicago Opera Theater. As a young artist with COT, she was First Witch in Ernest Bloch’s Macbeth and ensemble in Verdi’s Giovanna D’Arco. At the Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA), she was featured as Helene in Paul Hindemith’s Hin und Zurück, Madama Cortese in Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims, Jenny in Ned Rorem’s Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters, and the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica. She won the 2014 CCPA Solo Competition, and performed the tone-poem Luonnotar by Jean Sibelius with the CCPA Symphony Orchestra at the Harris Theater. Brittany is a founding member of Forte Chicago. She holds a master’s degree and a professional diploma in Operatic Performance from Roosevelt University, and a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Indiana University Bloomington.