TRADE ROUTES: A FESTIVAL OF ARTISTIC EXCHANGE, Trashed, Lamentation Variation/Bound and Determined/Prelude & Fugue


Five Chicago-based artists/companies have been selected to participate in TRADE ROUTES, a festival of artistic exchange. Each local artist has selected an out of town partner they would like to host in Chicago and split a bill with during our festival, and each exchange project is given a travel stipend so that the Chicago artist can finance touring to their partnering artist’s hometown.


Winifred Haun & Dancers

Company Members: Solomon Bowser, Zada Cheeks, Ariel Dorsey,
Michael Gee, Rebekah Kuczma

Choreography: Winifred Haun & Emma Serjeant
Sound design: Barry Bennett
Lighting design: Gina Patterson
Costumes: Jeff Hancock

Trashed is an international choreographic collaboration between Chicago Choreographer Winifred Haun and Australian Circus Artist Emma Serjeant. The work combines Modern Dance with Contemporary Circus to tell the story of how humans have to come to clutter their lives with too much stuff, and how all that stuff keeps us from each other.

“Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions.”
—Barbara Hemphill

Lamentation Variation/Bound and Determined/Prelude & Fugue

Lamentation Variation/Bound and Determined/Prelude & Fugue
Kanopy Dance Company

Artistic Directors: Robert E Cleary, Lisa Thurrell

Lamentation Variation Inspiration for this variation came from the sparseness seen in Graham's Lamentation; and the 'aloneness' of grief. Choreographed by Lisa Thurrell, Danced by Alyssa Jendusa, Brienna Tipler, Sarah Wolf.
Bound and Determined, danced by Brad Orego and Olivia Rivard, Choreographed by Robert E. Cleary.
Prelude & Fugue Choreographed by Lisa Thurrell to Vittorio Giannini's "Prelude & Fugue". It is said that Giannini was driven by "an unrelenting quest for the beautiful." His music soars with its beauty, yet caused Thurrell anger at the discord and darkness we humans create and compelled her to create 'gods and goddesses' of the golden mean just a bit angered by our folly. Danced by, Alyssa Jendusa, Brad Orego, Maya Finman Palmer, Erica Pinigis, Olivia Claire Rivard, Milo Sachse-Hofheimer, Emily Shelton, Brienna Tipler, Sarah Wolf.

Winifred Haun & Dancers

Winifred Haun & Dancers was founded in Chicago in the 1990’s by award winning choreographer and dancer, Winifred Haun. In 2001, the Company went on hiatus for several years while Ms. Haun raised her young children. The Company re-located to Oak Park in 2006. In the two decades since its founding, the Company has garnered numerous awards and accolades, including features in the Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, WTTW-TV (PBS), and WBEZ (NPR) Radio. The Company has also received Critic’s Choice awards from the Chicago Reader, and TimeOut Chicago, and reviews and articles at,,,, and others.

In 2000, the Company received the Ruth Page Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Dance in Chicago” for initiating and producing Chicago’s NEXT Dance Festival, which grew to be the midwest’s largest dance festival for the new work of Chicago area artists. In 2009, the Company was selected to receive the Oak Park Area Arts Council’s prestigious “Best in Class” Award and in 2014, the Company was chosen to present Vision, Faith & Desire: Dancemakers Inspired by Martha Graham at the Pritzker Pavilion and at Pleasant Home. In 2015, the Company received an award from the MacArthur Foundation for an international artistic collaboration, “Trashed.”

WINIFRED HAUN has been choreographer and artistic director of her own modern dance company since 1991. From 1985 to 1991, she was a soloist with the critically acclaimed Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theatre, under the direction of Randy Duncan. Wini won three Ruth Page Award nominations and in 2000, she won the Ruth Page Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Dance Community. Her work has been seen at many prestigious venues throughout Chicago, the midwest, Texas and Colorado, including: Athenaeum Theater, Ruth Page Center, Link’s Hall, Fermilab’s Ramsey Auditorium, Overture Center (Madison, WI), Epic Center (Kalamazoo, MI), St. Mary’s College (IN), Montrose (CO) Pavillion and in many non-traditional spaces, such as Historic Pleasant Home and Cloud Gate in Millennium Park. Wini’s choreography has been commissioned by Chicago Ballet, Aerial Dance Chicago, MOMENTA, Oak Park’s Handel Week and many other Midwest and national groups. She has taught modern dance and dance composition at the Joffrey Ballet, Beijing National Dance Academy and at numerous festivals and workshops worldwide. Currently, Wini teaches modern dance at Hubbard St. Dance Chicago, Deeply Rooted Productions, and Legere Dance Center. She and her husband theoretical physicist, Stephen Parke, have three daughters and they reside in Oak Park, IL.

Kanopy Dance Company

Kanopy Dance Company presents original dance, historical masterworks, works by its Artistic Directors, local, national and international choreographers, linked by the desire to create thought provoking dramatic dance. Kanopy is comprised of Kanopy Dance Company, Kanopy2, Kanopy Academy and Kanopy Studio.

Directed by Cleary and Thurrell since 1995, Kanopy is resident company of the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison Wisconsin (founded: 1976).

Kanopy’s annual season includes performances in its home theater at Overture, touring, and outreach. Kanopy performs new works and historical masterworks licensed by: Martha Graham Dance Company, Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble, Charles Weidman Fdtn, Pascal Rioult, RIOULTDANCE NY, Martin Lofsnes 360 Dance Comany, Donlin Foreman On Common Ground, Sandra Kaufmann, Miki Orihara, Yuriko, Carrie Elmore Tallitch, Deborah Hay, Stanley Love, Stanley Love Performance Group, Kraig Patterson, Bopi Black Sheep Dance, Amit Lahav,Gecko Theatre (UK), Steve Wasson, Corinne Soum, Theatre L’Ange Fou (UK), and others.

Kanopy has had Artists and Dance Company’s perform along side Kanopy Dance in its Seasons at Overture to include: Charis Haines, Jere Hunt Rioult Dance NY, Martin Lofsnes, Allessandra Prosperi, Chuck Wilt 360 Degree Dance, Sandra Kaufmann, Deb Goodman, Donlin Foreman, Jenny Emerson Foreman, Miki Orihara, Senri OE, Carrie Elmore Tallitch, Ede Thurrell, Stanley Love, Kraig Patterson, Steve Wasson, Corinne Soum, Winifred Haun and Dancers, Lonny Gordon GordonDance, and others. Kanopy tours regionally, and NYC, Chicago, and Minneapolis.

Solomon Bowser

Solomon Bowser (Assistant Artistic Director, Company Dancer) is from Atlanta, GA, where he performed as a member of the Harambee Dance Company and taught dance. Solomon attended Columbia College Chicago in 2010 where he choreographed many student pieces. He represented the Dance Center of Columbia College at the 32nd Annual Black College Dance Exchange at Chicago State University. Solomon has danced with WH&D since 2013 and serves as Program Manager at the American Rhythm Center.

Zada Cheeks

Zada Cheeks (Assistant Choreographer, Company Dancer) is from Aurora, IL. He apprenticed with River North Dance Chicago for two years, he has danced with the Chicago Human Rhythm Project for 11 years, and has been with WH&D since 2010. As a much sought after teacher and performer he has danced and performed nationally and internationally.

Ariel Dorsey

Ariel Dorsey (Company Dancer) is a Chicago native. She began her professional dance training at Chicago Academy for the Arts. Ariel received a BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase College where she worked with Nelly Van Bommel, Pam Tanowitz, Jonathan Alsberry, and Ori Flormen. Dorsey recently performed a new work by Ori Flomin at New York Live Arts. She was awarded the Jules Stone award in 2009 at Dance Olympus National Finals. She has danced with WH&D since 2013.

Michael Gee

Michael Gee moved to Chicago five years ago after graduating from Western Kentucky University. He joined Innervation Dance Cooperative in 2012 and Winifred Haun & Dancers in 2014.

Rebekah Kuczma

Rebekah Kuczma was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Her career has included, performing in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and at Jacob's Pillow with REED Dance, two European tours with The Pillow Project, and apprenticing with Deeply Rooted Dance Theater. She joined Winifred Haun & Dancers in 2016.

Robert E Cleary

Robert E Cleary, former soloist Minnesota Dance Theater and principal dancer Ballet Minnesota, danced for Bebe Miller, Bill T. Jones, and others. Cleary has performed, choreographed, and taught throughout the U.S. and Denmark. Critics have called Cleary's performances "fire-y and riveting." As a choreographer his work has been labeled "quirky, oozing nonlinear narrative," "gut-centered, twentieth century modern dance." Cleary received his BA in Dance Performance and Choreography and a BA in History of 19th Century Europe from the University of Minnesota. He trained intensively at American Ballet Theatre and with Susan Klein in Klein Release Technique in New York City. Some of his mentors include David Voss, Mary Hinkson, Frank Bourman, Loyce Houlton, Bonnie Mathis, Susan McGuire, Maria Cheng, and Tisha Von Burpee.

Lisa Thurrell

Lisa Thurrell trained and performed with the Martha Graham Company in the '80s and '90s where whe was involved in the reconstruction of some of Martha's early works. Thurrell has performed, choreographed, and taught in the U.S. and Denmark. Nominated for the Bonnie Bird International Choreography Award, her choreography has been described by critics " a Hieronymus Bosch painting, spilling onto the floor of the theater," "the work stresses the fragility of the human body and self-reflection." As a performer critics have called her dancing "...pure power and pure vulnerability at once." Ms. Thurrell holds a certificate from the Professional Trainee Program at the Martha Graham Center in New York City. She holds an MFA in Dance Performance, Choreography, and Asian Theater from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Some of her mentors include Yuriko, Carol Fried, Ethel Winter, Pearl Lang, M.P. Sankaran Namboodiri, Phillip Zarrilli, Nancy Hauser, and Hanya Holm.

$10 student/senior - $12 online - $15 door - $40 festival pass


Winifred Haun & Dancers | TRASHED

“Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions.”
—Barbara Hemphill

Trashed is an international choreographic collaboration between Chicago Choreographer Winifred Haun and Australian Circus Artist Emma Serjeant. The work combines Modern Dance with Contemporary Circus to tell the story of how humans have to come to clutter their lives with too much stuff, and how all that stuff keeps us from each other.

Kanopy Dance Company | Bound and Determined / Lamentation Variation / Prelude & Fugue

"Kanopy Dance is on the cutting edge of contemporary dance. Providing amazing opportunity and sound training to the upcoming artists of this age! Kanopy captures the meaning of living and dancing in the present moment.”

-Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch
Principal DancerMartha Graham Company

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