Co-MISSIONS Fellowship Showcase

Co-MISSIONS Fellowship Showcase

This year's Co- MISSIONS Fellowship Artists are: J'Sun Howard and Ayako Kato / Art Union Humanscape.
J'Sun's Co-MISSION Fellowship will work towards the premiere of "Working On Better Versions of Prayers" which creates charismatic space for black boy joy. A poetic testimony that miracles erupt at any moment. A portrait in blue looking an intimacy between men of color, acts of practicing freedom, and radical hope, that is hope directed toward a future goodness that transcends the current ability to understand what it is, an imaginative excellence.
Kato's Co-MISSION Fellowship work focuses on a new dance/movement piece inspired by the score, called "stück 1998," written by Swiss composer Manfred Werder. Kato's initial investigation into "Stück 1998," yeilded "What is Movement?" an exhibition of movement Ayako created and opened in 2016. For this iteration of the project, she strategically combines sound artists and movers to work together while also focusing more on the score itself, actualizing it through movement in order to persevere the more radical aspects of what actually movement can convey, what movement means, and what movement is. She plans to investigate movement as an independent as well as inter-dependent entity in relation to music/sound and everything else. www.artunionhumanscape.net

Made possible in part through the support of the Links Hall Commissioning Collective.

J'Sun Howard

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

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.
www.artunionhumanscape.net

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This year's Co- MISSIONS Fellowship Artists are: J'Sun Howard and Ayako Kato / Art Union Humanscape.
J'Sun's Co-MISSION Fellowship will work towards the premiere of "Working On Better Versions of Prayers" which creates charismatic space for black boy joy. A poetic testimony that miracles erupt at any moment. 


Kato's Co-MISSION Fellowship work focuses on a new dance/movement piece inspired by the score, called "stück 1998," written by Swiss composer Manfred Werder. 

Made possible in part through the support of the Links Hall Commissioning Collective.

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