Set Free Weekend Pass

J'Sun Howard

J’Sun Howard is a Chattanooga native and a Chicago-based dancemaker and poet. J’Sun has recently received the Sybil Shearer Fellowship and residency at Ragdale Foundation, a nomination to participate in an emerging artist laboratory at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), and a 2017 3Arts Award nomination. A 2014 Chicago Dancemaker’s Forum Lab Artist awardee, his choreography has appeared at multiple venues such as Links Hall, Northwestern University, Sonotheque, Lincoln Square Theatre, Insight Arts/Center for New Possibilities, Epiphany Church, Rumble Arts, Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery, Patrick’s Cabaret (MN), and​ ​Poets Theater Festival(CA).
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.

Jessica Marasa

Jessica Marasa is a producer, improviser and dance performance artist based in Chicago. She is the founder of The Watering Can and her works have been seen at Links Hall, Hamlin Park, Stage 773 and Signal Ensemble Theater. The culminating performance of her recent series Jewel Tones: SPECTRUM was named one of the Chicago Tribune’s Dance Top Ten of 2015 by Laura Molzhan. She has collaborated with Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak since 2008 and had the pleasure of performing alongside Chicago’s creative talents including Ayako Kato, Onye Ozuzu, Kristina Isabelle and Khecari Dance Theater.

Katie Ernst

Katie Ernst is a bassist, vocalist, and composer from Naperville, IL. As both a bassist and vocalist, Katie has performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, and Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, among others. In 2013 and 2014, Katie was one of 24 young artist-composers selected for the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program, an international jazz residency program at the Kennedy Center under the direction of pianist and MacArthur Fellow Jason Moran. In May 2014, she performed at the Chicago Symphony Center as part of Jason Moran's Looks of a Lot premiere, which also featured Nasheet Waits, Tarus Mateen, Ken Vandermark, Theaster Gates, and Kenwood Academy Jazz Band.

Katie is an active bandleader and side-woman in Chicago. She regularly composes and performs with the band TWIN TALK, alongside co-leaders Dustin Laurenzi (saxophone) and Andrew Green (drums). She is currently working on a new duo project called Wayfaring with clarinetist James Falzone. Wayfaring will release their debut recording, I Move, You Move, in early 2017 on the Allos Documents label and was included on Constellation's 2015 compilation Nine/Two, featuring many of Chicago's finest jazz and improvised music artists.

Katie Ernst - bass and voice

"An increasingly valuable figure in new-music Chicago" -Chicago Tribune

" of the brightest lights on Chicago's jazz scene" —Chicago Reader


BraveSoul was born organically in 2016 as the newest iteration of a 15-year synergy between two of Chicago’s influential street dance artists: Daniel “BRAVEMONK” Haywood and Kelsa “K-Soul” Robinson. BraveSoul, which focuses on concert and site-specific dance performances, education and social/community-building practices, is rooted in the movement languages and cultures of Hip-Hop and House, as well as martial arts, a wide-range of improv traditions and other Afro-diasporic movement languages. BRAVEMONK and K-Soul share a connection with Spirit as a central driving force in their relationship to movement. As BraveSoul, they seek to engage the mind, heart and senses through embodied dialogue and collaborative artmaking processes.

Lindsey Barlag Thornton

Lindsey Barlag Thornton’s theatre, performance and installation based work has been seen at/with 2nd Floor Rear, Archer Ballroom, Chicago Home Theatre Project, The Copernicus Center, Defibrillator Gallery, The Gift Theatre, The Haggerty Museum in Milwaukee, HI typ/O, Links Hall, Hyde Park Art Center, IN>TIME 16 Performance Festival, Mana Contemporary, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Sullivan Galleries, Tritriangle Gallery, Tympanic Theatre, and Whitebox Studio Gallery, as well as in abandoned storefronts and on the streets of Chicago. With artistic partner Amanda Dunne Acevedo, Lindsey collaborates under the name Genesis. Together they curate the bi-annual HybridSalon, an evening of new performance made in collaboration by artists working across artistic disciplines. Lindsey is a MFA graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where for the last two years she has produced The New Blood Performance Festival at Links Hall. She has taught theatre and performance for Fringe Benefits at universities in the UK and Australia, for the Playwright Discovery Program at The Kennedy Center in D.C., and in Chicago for American Theatre Company, Auditorium Theatre, Gift Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, and Writers’ Theatre. Lindsey currently teaches Movement at ChiArts, Chicago’s only public high school for the arts, and is a teaching artist at the Museum of Contemporary Art.



A weekend pass is good for any two nights of the final SET FREE performances, for just $20. 

Thursday and Saturday features J’Sun Howard’s new work Better Versions of Prayers and an evening of Evergreen, a duo including bassist Katie Ernst and dancer Jessica Marasa.

Friday and Sunday presents PlayGround from the long standing collaborators Brave Soul Movement along with a new devised work titled We Are A LightHouse created under the direction of Lindsey Barlag Thornton in collaboration with Corey Smith, Udita Upadhyaya, Amanda Dunne Acevedo, Alexis Atwill, Audrey Polinski, Ethan Parcell, Izah Ransohoff, Jasmine Jordan, Jon Penick & Jordan Harris

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