Set Free: Peter Carpenter + Lisa Gonzales + Jessica Marasa + Ysaye McKeaver

Set Free: Peter Carpenter + Lisa Gonzales + Jessica Marasa + Ysaye McKeaver

Mon, February 15, 2016

7:00 pm (event ends at 9:00 pm)

Links Hall At Constellation

Chicago, IL

$5

Set Free
Set Free
SET FREE supports the progression of creative work through performance.

In recognizing that public performance can deliver different discoveries than those found in the studio, SET FREE creates the possibility for one’s studio and performance practices to be interwoven and informing one another as an artist’s project progresses over time.

A SET FREE residency at Links Hall includes five Monday evening showings shared amongst four artists each receiving 25 minutes per evening to repeat and revisit the development of their work. The series ends with one final weekend performance split amongst all four artists involved.

It’s structure aspires to increase influence and overlapping appreciation among emerging and experienced artists working within the structures of SET composition and FREE improvisation and includes performance in the creation of one’s work to promote the process of understanding one’s practice to be in and of itself the final destination.

The four artists participating in this new series are Peter Carpenter, Lisa Gonzales, Jessica Marasa and Ysaye McKeever.

Tea and light snacks will be served at each performance.


Under a Different Heading
Peter Carpenter will develop a new work titled Under a Different Heading. This work will mark a return to considerations of queerness and identity construction from earlier in his career. While exploring formal concerns of representation and frame, Under a Different Heading will also look to the categories and assumptions that construct our social realities.

so softly here

so softly here will become a series of experiments that allow long time collaborators Lisa Gonzales and Jennifer Kayle to investigate their interest in “the emerging” as a state of both being and becoming. Movement, objects, images, and the relationships between, will challenge the work to ever define itself in the constantly shifting present, while also seeking to establish a ground on which to stand. How meaning emerges in these investigations is a primary concern.

Woodpecker digs into matters of the heart; specifically, circulation and the repetitive cycle of giving and receiving. Dancer Jessica Marasa and drummer Ryan Packard venture to share the precise rate of their heart rhythms and uncover ways to sustain connection to it and each other. Sourcing the blood in their bodies, the whirling poems of Rumi and the behavioral beauty of woodpeckers, Marasa and Packard commit to asking the other what is the pace of your pulse? Can you follow the flow freely?

SouthSide SailorScouts is a collaborative dance theater work celebrating the fierce and fabulous alter egos of its creators. Blending our influences from Selena, Beyoncé, Sailor Moon and more, the performance incorporates dance, song and storytelling from a woman of color perspective.

Performed and created by By Ysaye McKeaver & Elizabeth Elizabeth Nungaray
Jessica Marasa
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.
Peter Carpenter
Peter Carpenter
Peter Carpenter is an independent choreographer whose dance and physical theater performances have often intersected with critical theory, queer politics, and activism. His independent work has resulted in numerous repertory pieces and six evening-length works including Bareback Into the Sunset (2003), The Sky Hangs Down Too Close (2008)—which was named one of the top dance events of the decade by Time Out Chicago—and My Fellow Americans (2009). Carpenter's work as an independent artist has received support from the 29th Street Repertory Theater, the Steppenwolf Theater, Chicago's Links Hall, the Ackland Art Museum (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Out North Performance Space (Anchorage), the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the Illinois Arts Council and the Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Grant. He has also received a Joseph Jefferson Citation for Outstanding Theater Choreography and was twice nominated for the Alpert Award in the Arts. Carpenter’s current choreographic project—a cycle of dances under the umbrella title Rituals of Abundance for Lean Times—critiques socially constructed myths of scarcity in relationship to his own processes as a dancemaker. Peter holds an MFA in Dance and PhD in Culture and Performance, both from UCLA. He is an Associate Professor at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago and currently serves as the department’s Acting Chairperson.
Lisa Gonzales & Jennifer Kale
Lisa Gonzales & Jennifer Kale
Lisa Gonzales is an independent dance maker, performer, improviser and assistant professor at Columbia College Chicago. Interested in the complex array of meanings revealed by bodies moving in relationship to each other and their environment, Gonzales’ work often investigates some aspect of the power and frailty inherent in humanness. She has taught and shown her work in spaces as diverse as DTW in New York, The Dance Center of Columbia College, Chicago, the historic Lu-Ling Theater in Taipei, Taiwan, at the Dostoyevsky Theater in St. Petersburg Russia, in Helsinki, Finland, in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and in cities and spaces across the United States.

Jennifer Kayle is Associate Professor and Co-Director of the MFA Program at University of Iowa holding a BA from Middlebury College, MFA from Smith College. Her choreography is deeply informed by improvisational research, and by collaborative process as a form of collective knowledge production. Kayle’s work has been chosen for festivals, for Regional & National GALA concerts, and for grants including an NEA/CBE project to investigate improvisational methods for choreography. Kayle’s dancing has been referred to as having “muscular presence” (Dance Source Houston), while her work has been reviewed as “provocative, tight, with wit and stage craft…serious chops” (Vox Fringe, MN), “distinct… affecting scenes.” (Hampshire Gazette, MA).
Ysaye McKeaver
Ysaye McKeaver
Ysaÿe McKeever is a dancer, choreographer and filmmaker from Chicago, IL. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BFA in Dance and Minor in Philosophy in 2013. There she performed works choreographed by Darrell Jones, Renée Wadleigh, Jan Erkert, Kirstie Simson, Sheldon Smith and more. Over the summers, Ysaÿe has trained at the Boston Conservatory, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater and The Cambrians intensive programs. She has also had the honor of training at the Taipei National University of the Arts where she performed work by Ming-Lung Yang. Since graduating, Ysaÿe’s choreography and films have been shown around the nation and Cagliari, Italy. She has performed with Red Clay Dance, performed in works by Helen Lee and Rachel Bunting, and performed with comedian Hannibal Burress. Ysaÿe has also choreographed for Teatro Luna’s local and touring productions of “Generation Sex” and is currently in her second season dancing with Aloha Chicago.
Venue Information:
Links Hall At Constellation
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/