Fri, January 13, 2017

7:00 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL


Sleeptalk is a collaborative, experimental dance work about sleep talking and our relationship to the unconscious. Developed around actual recordings of sleep talking, it explores the revealing, disturbing, and even humorous things that can surface, translating them through an appropriately dreamlike mix of media. Conceived by Ashley Fargnoli in collaboration with the dancers, a videographer, composer, and set designer, Sleeptalk is inspired by Fargnoli’s own sleep talking, which began as a reaction to the vicarious trauma she encountered working as a trauma therapist. As the performance unfolds, it moves from the personal to Jung’s collective unconscious. The audience will discover threads that link the dancer’s stories and the mysterious power of the unconscious that connect us all.

This project is partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts
Ashley Fargnoli
Ashley Fargnoli is a dancer, choreographer, and dance/movement therapist. Originally from Philadelphia, Ashley trained on full scholarship at the Rock School of the Pennsylvania Ballet and performed company roles in Balanchine’s The Nutcracker and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She additionally trained in ballet and modern dance at the American Ballet Theater, Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Ashley spent eight years of her young adulthood living abroad in India, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and France, all of which have informed her movement and creative processes. She honed her choreographic skills at Jacob’s Pillow's Choreographers Lab and has implemented numerous dance projects around the Balkans with the goal of ethnic reconciliation. Ashley’s choreography has appeared in Bosnia at the Mostar Blues Festival, the National Theater of Mostar, United World College Mostar, and Genesis Sarajevo Dance Theater, as well as in Serbia at the Rex Kulturni Centar. In Chicago, she has set works on students in Columbia College Chicago’s dance/movement therapy program and has collaborated with Emily Stein, Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts, J. Lindsay Brown Dance and Innervation Dance Cooperative. When not performing or choreographing, Ashley works with refugees as a dance/movement therapist.
Shawn Convey
Shawn Convey is videographer, photographer, and graphic designer.
Josh Convey
Josh Convey is a composer, sound designer, and musician:
Julie Brannen
Julie Brannen is an artist and healer based in Chicago, IL. Her lifelong journey with movement has brought her experiences within creative, performative, and counseling practices. She graduated with a master’s in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling as well as Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis from Columbia College Chicago in 2013. For the past two years, Julie has been practicing full-time as a dance/movement therapist at a residential treatment center for women and girls recovering from eating disorders, addiction, and trauma. She also dances professionally with Salty Lark Dance as well as other independent artists. She believes whole-heartedly in the power of movement to transform and heal; aligning with her passion, curiosity, and strengths, guiding her journey, and creating meaning in her life.
Monica Carrow
Originally from Edwardsville, IL, Monica Carrow grew up dancing competitively in various styles. She continued her technical and compositional education at Columbia College Chicago where she graduated with a BA in Dance in 2014. Monica has performed work under various Chicago dance artists including Amaniyea Payne, Jonathan Meyer, The Dance COLEective and Megan Rhyme. Monica is currently a dancer and rehearsal director for Jay-Son Tisa Dance Company under the direction of Derek Jay-Son Rusch and Mary Tisa. Monica teaches dance throughout the Chicagoland area. She is honored to be a part of Ashley Fargnoli’s newest project.
Wei-Chiung (Coco) Chen-Martinez
Wei-Chiung (Coco) Chen-Martinez, born and raised in Taiwan, is a registered dance/movement therapist working in a psychiatric inpatient hospital. Coco has been performing and collaborating with dropshift dance since 2012. Her strong passion for dance and movement has led her to integrate her dance life with her career in dance/movement therapy and counseling. Coco graduated from the National Chengchi University in 2006 with a major in Psychology and has trained in a wide range of dance styles and qualities of movement.
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618