Co-MISSION Residency WIP Showing, Dahlia Nayar, J'Sun Howard, Ayako Kato
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
7:30 PM (event ends at 8:30 PM)
Co-MISSION Residency WIP Showing
Links Hall is thrilled to announce that this fall we will be restructuring LinkUP, our primary commissioning program and incorporating our Artists Residencies into Links Hall's new programmatic vision Co-MISSIONS.
Under the umbrella of Co-MISSIONS Links Hall will offer Intensives, Residencies, and Fellowships expanding our commissioning support to 14-16 artistic projects annually. These programs will incorporate a more flexible range of resources, designed to meet the needs of artistic experimentation at different points in an artist's career, and different points in a project's development.
Dahlia Nayar's multimedia work investigates the performance of the quiet and seeks unlikely sources of virtuosity. Her most recent work, 2125 Stanley Street, has been supported by a Vermont Performance Lab residency, a Bates Dance Festival New England Emerging Choreographer Residency, a National Dance Project Special Grant and a National Dance Project Touring Award for 2016-17. Previously, Dahlia's work has been performed at the Venice Biennale/Danza Venezia Showcase for Emerging Choreographers, Dance Place in Washington DC, the Next Stage Dance Residency at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in Pittsburgh, the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, NY. Her site specific projects have been performed at the National Botanical Gardens, the Kennedy Center and the Complejo Cultural, in Puebla, Mexico. She was a National Dance Project Regional Dance Lab artist in 2007. From 2008-2010, she received the Jacob Javits Fellowship during which time she received her MFA in Dance/Choreography from Hollins University
Movement Maker: J'SUN HOWARD is from Chattanooga, TN. A Chicago Dancemaker’s Forum grantee, 2014, his choreography has appeared at local venues Links Hall, Northwestern University, Sonotheque, Lincoln Square Theatre, Insight Arts/Center for New Possibilities, Epiphany Church, and Rumble Arts. In 2009, J'Sun was selected to be a LinkUp Residency to deepen his artistic practice at Links Hall and in 2010 he was granted the Julius Margolin "Youth in Labor" Award to protest at the gates of the School of Americas in Fort Benning, GA. He has also performed at Patrick's Cabaret (Minneapolis, MN), had work commissioned by the Chicago Academy School for the Arts, and been a sponsored artist at High Concept Laboratories. J’Sun has performed for many choreographers including Malcolm Jason Low, Asimina Chremos, Sara Wookey, Paige Cunningham, Selene Carter, but most extensively with collaborators Darrell Jones and Damon Green in their research of (e)feminized ritual performance, which received a 2013 Juried Bessie Award in support of Hoo-Ha (for your eyes only). His collaboration, Utopic Monster Theory, with poet Jennifer Karmin has been performed in exhibitions "I Can't Breathe" at ARC Gallery, "Law and Disorder" at Women Made Gallery, and Small Traffic Press's production of Poets Theater Festival (San Francisco, CA), and the IN>Time Performance Festival. His literary work can be read in the journals: Chicago IRL, Inkwell, Danspace's Constellations and Influences, Garland Court Review, Storyglossia, 3rd Language, Bird's Thumb, and Manifold, The Body.
Ayako Kato is an award-winning Japanese native and Chicago-based dancer, choreographer, improviser, teacher, and curator. Influenced by a Japanese view of nature and the philosophy of Tao, Ayako's dance movement encourages to perceive the intangible, the beauty of being as it is, which affirms and nurtures the ephemeral nature and dignity of life. In 2016, she received a 3Arts Award in Dance. She performed her works recently at venues/festivals such as 3Klang Tage, Switzerland; DOEK, Amsterdam, Holland; the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven, CT; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; SpinOff Festival, Chicago Cultural Center. In Summer 2016, Ayako participated in the Regional Dance Development Initiative (RDDI) of its National Dance Project (NDP) funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts with the Chicago Dancemakers Forum (CDF), and also performed blue fish -reveal- in Tabito Arts Meeting Festival in Fukushima, Japan. Her recent group work The Incidents was selected for the Best of Dance 2014 in Chicago Tribune. Since 2010, Ayako has been an artist in residence at the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater under Chicago Moving Company’s Dance Shelter Program.
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