A-Squared Festival: Day 1

A-Squared Festival: Day 1

Thu, October 20, 2016

7:00 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL

$15 - $20

A-Squared Festival: Day 1
A-Squared Festival: Day 1
The A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival features four evenings of contemporary dance, music, performance art, puppetry, sound art, spoken word, and theatre by American artists of Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese descent.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 7:00 PM: 2125 Stanley Street by Dahlia Nayar, Margaret Paek, Loren Kiyoshi Dempster; performance by TJ Medel; puppetry by Myra Su, Allyson Gonzalez, and Cynthia Campos Costanzo; and a performance by Rohan Zhou-Lee.

You can purchase festival pass for $40 by looking up A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival on TICKETFLY.
2125 Stanley Street
2125 Stanley Street
2125 Stanley Street is a performance installation exploring notions of home. Choreographer Dahlia Nayar works with collaborators Margaret Paek (dancer) and Loren Kiyoshi Dempster (cellist/composer), the project examines “home” as an archaeological site where minimal artifacts offer points of departure for the re-imagination and reconstruction a domestic space. We excavate the everyday and the mundane in search of a poetic consciousness. Household objects transform into potential sources of revelation and reflection. Basic tasks are infused with virtuosity and nostalgia. Fragments of lullabies, phone conversations and intimate multi-generational, multi-lingual exchanges create an evocative soundscape. Ultimately, the installation aims to invite the audience into a home that unfolds through movement and sound, a home that exists in the present moment through intimate exchange, a home that is is both familiar and yet cannot exactly be located.

Lead Artists

Dahlia Nayar's works have recently been selected for the Venice Biennale/Danza Venezia Showcase for Emerging Choreographers, Dance Place in Washington DC, the 2012 Next Stage Dance Residency at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in Pittsburgh, and the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, NY. In addition, 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. She has been a guest artist at Salem State College, College of the Holy Cross, Long Island University in Brooklyn, Marymount Manhattan College, Smith College and Duke University. She is a 2012-2013 Vermont Performance Lab Artist and 2013 Bates Dance Festival New England Emerging Choreographer.

Margaret Paek is a collaborative dance artist who sees choreography as a daring process of multiplicity and framing. Studying, developing, and allying with the performance collective, Lower Left, is a continuing source of stimulation. Margaret is deeply influenced by her relationships with gymnastics, contact improvisation, Ensemble Thinking, Alexander Technique, Nina Martin, Shelley Senter, Barbara Dilley, Deborah Hay, musician/composer Loren Kiyoshi Dempster and their daughter. She has also had the pleasure of working with Mary Overlie, Milka Djordjevich, Keith Hennessy, Lionel Popkin, BodyCartography Project, and projectLIMB, among others. Cooperative and individual work has been presented at venues including: Dixon Place, Issue Project Room, Joyce SoHo, Judson Church, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church, and the Whitney Museum in New York; Sushi Performance & Visual Art, Highways, ODC, and CounterPulse in California; the Crowley Theater and Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex in Texas; Sín Culture Center in Budapest, Hungary. Dance critic, Jennifer de Poyen, has called her “a dancer so full of wit and intelligence, you can’t keep your eyes off her.” (San Diego Union Tribune, 2002)

Loren Kiyoshi Dempster (composer) uses a combination of computer, electronics, cello and extended techniques to create and perform music. An active chamber musician, composer, and improviser he performs with the Dan Joseph Ensemble, Trio Triticali, and Left Hand Path among many others. Ever interested in the relationship of movement and sound, he has recently performed for choreographers Jonah Bokaer, Chris Ferris, Margaret Paek, and projectLIMB. Dempster toured often with Merce Cunningham Dance Company playing music for many pieces starting in April 1999 until December 2011. His performances for Interscape, which uses John Cage's solo cello work "one eight" were described by the New York Times (04/01), "Dempster's playing was outstanding, suggesting a one-man orchestra through texture that produced overlapping sounds that ranged from the jagged to a warm warbling."
TJ Medel
TJ Medel
TJ Medel is Jersey all day, err day. A 2015 Second City Bob Curry Fellow, he has performed and improvised in This American Lie (Second City), Urban Twist presents Whack to the Future (Second City), Afro-Futurism (Second City), The Neutrino Project (LOL! Theater), Skin-prov (The Annoyance), Improvised Hip-Hop and Rap Group Rapture (iO/ComedySportz). He is an ensemble member with Chicago Slam Works Poetry House Ensemble, Stir Friday Night, Hip-Hop Collective Elephant Rebellion, SoChi Voices, Theater Unspeakable, and the incredible two man improvised spoken word group PREACH. He hosts The Revival Hour at The Revival located in Hyde Park and teaches for multiple schools all around Chicago. He is represented by Steward Talent. Follow him on Twitter.
Myra Su and Cynthia Campos Costanzo: An Inter-Dimensional Love Story
Myra Su and Cynthia Campos Costanzo: An Inter-Dimensional Love Story
Created by Myra Su and performed in collaboration with Cynthia Campos Costanzo.
Sounds Design by: Corey Smith

An Inter-Dimensional Love Story tells of an unrequited love between a 2D square, a2, and a 4D tesseract, Caroline. Each dimension is interpreted through a different style of puppetry: 1D and 2D by shadow puppetry; 3D by tabletop puppetry; 4D by digitally animated projections. Protagonist a2 travels between the second and third dimensions with pop-up book techniques.

Myra Su is a narrative artist specializing in storytelling through puppetry and theater. Her primary medium is shadow puppetry, though she has also been experimenting with puppetry across multiple media - paper craft, sculpture, video, animation and amateur taxidermy. She is interested in using puppetry to convey stories that are culturally mobile and emotionally universal. houseofmyra.wordpress.com Video

Cynthia Campos Costanzo is a born and raised Angelino and '16 graduate from The University of Chicago where she studied Theater and Performance Studies and Biology. She has worked on numerous University Theater and independent shows on campus doing costumes and puppetry. One of her first shows on campus was a shadow puppet show with Myra Su, who she has previously had the pleasure of performing at Links Hall with. Cynthia currently works with public schools on the South Side and studies and performs improv on the North Side. You can see and watch some of Cynthia's projects at her wordpress: costampos.wordpress.com

Corey Smith is a composer, writer, and performer. He studied performance art and music composition at the University of Michigan with Evan Chambers, Stephen Rush, and Holly Hughes. His artistic practice includes work as a sound designer, composer, performance artist, dancer, deviser, and many other roles. coreyds.com
Rohan Zhou-Lee and Kitt Lyles
Rohan Zhou-Lee and Kitt Lyles
Rohan Zhou-Lee

With a degree in Ethnomusicology from Northwestern University, Rohan Zhou-Lee currently studies dance at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. He previously trained at the Dance Theatre of Harlem 2015 Summer Intensive. Rohan’s artistic credits include: The Soldier’s Home (Playwright/Choreographer, 2015, Circa PINTIG) The Nutcracker (Cavalier, 2014, Le Ballet Petit), Cinderella (Prince, 2014, Le Ballet Petit) Malakas at Maganda (Kite/Choreographer, 2013, Kaibigan Battle of the Bamboo) and I See A River (2011, Northwestern Danceworks).

Kitt Lyles
A graduate of Northwestern University (BM Jazz Studies, 2013), Kitt Lyles is an active performer, composer and educator in the Chicago jazz community. His performing career has brought him to play renowned jazz clubs around North America, Latin America and Asia, as well as major festivals such as the Chicago Jazz Festival (Chicago, IL), Festival Espontáneo (Chiapas, MX) and the Billy Strayhorn Jazz Festival (Chicago, IL). In 2015, Lyles released his debut album, “Real Talk”, featuring all original compositions; “it’s success rests as much on his skills as a writer as his serving as a beacon for the sextet's able rhythm section…his colourful themes… are by and large bright and engaging” (Jack Bowers, All About Jazz). Kitt has performed with renowned ensembles and individuals of the music scenes in Chicago, South Carolina, New York City and Mexico such as the Roy McGrath Quartet, Black Diamond, Gustavo Cortiñas, Victor Goines, Justin Copeland, Adam Thornburg, Hans Luchs, Amos Hoffman, Mike Allemana, Yuri Hevia, Tony Normand, and Gabriel Puentes amongst many others.
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/