Beyond the Box: Anger and the Bell featuring Lenora Lee

Beyond the Box: Anger and the Bell featuring Lenora Lee

Sat, June 10, 2017

7:30 pm

Links Hall At Constellation

Chicago, IL

$10-15

Beyond the Box
Beyond the Box
Beyond the Box: A series programmed by Links Hall Curatorial Resident Rika Lin

Beyond the Box is a Spring 2017 performance series at Links Hall. Curated by Yoshinojo Fujima (Rika Lin), this series articulates her alternative interpretation of traditional Japanese classical dance works. Confounding the boundaries of social expectations and expanding beyond the limitations set by gender roles in the form, Fujima's series highlights female dance makers who are reshaping traditional roles to which female performers are restricted in Japanese classical dance. The works and artists presented in Beyond the Box, push us to address the social landscape of our time and reconsider the global positioning of women and how they are portrayed. The resulting presentations offer a restructured context for these female performers who are expanding their own portrayals in environments enhanced by experimental musicians.

Co-produced by Anna Trier, Brett Swinney, and Brian Lee.
Lenora Lee
Lenora Lee
Lenora Lee has been a dancer, choreographer, and artistic director in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. She has been an Artist Fellow at the de Young Museum, a Djerassi Resident Artist, and a Visiting Scholar at New York University through the Asian/Pacific/American Institute. She is currently an Artist in Residence at Dance Mission Theater. The mission of Lenora Lee Dance (LLD) is to create and present large-scale multimedia performance works integrating dance, music, video projection, and text that connect various styles of movement and music to culture, history, and human rights issues. LLD is weaving together multiple artistic disciplines and socially conscious work, pushing the relevance of arts in various communities throughout the country.
Tatsu Aoki
Tatsu Aoki
Tatsu Aoki is a leading advocate for the Asian American community, a prolific composer and performer of traditional and experimental music forms, a filmmaker, and an educator. Aoki was born into the Toyoakimoto artisan family in Tokyo, a traditional house for training and booking geisha, and began performing from the age of four. Aoki is now one of the most in-demand performers of bass, shamisen, and taiko, contributing more than ninety recording projects and touring internationally during the last twenty-five years. Aoki is the Founder and Artistic Director of Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival, which observed its twentieth year in 2015. Named President of San Francisco–based Asian Improv Records (AIR) in 1999, he has managed or produced more than forty AIR albums. Aoki was named one of 2001’s "Chicagoans of the year" by Chicago Tribune for his cross cultural music.
Jamie Kempkers
Jamie Kempkers
Jamie Kempkers studied cello with Dr. Robert Ritsema and recording with John Erskine at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He has been living in Chicago, playing improvised and/or experimental music since 2001. Past and current collaborators include Tatsu Aoki, Jonathan Chen, Grandmaster Rika Lin, and Dawei Wang.
Kioto Aoki
Kioto Aoki
Kioto Aoki is a taiko artist and core member of Tsukasa Taiko, a program of Asian Improv aRts. She has been playing taiko since the age of 7 and often shares the stage with AACM members Avreeayl Ra, Mwata Bowden and Ed Wilkerson Jr. At professional venues in Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Harris Theater, and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, as well as Elastic Arts and Constellation. Kioto is a recipient of the Ethnic and Folk Arts Master Apprentice Program from the Illinois Arts Council and recent projects include Yoko Ono’s Skylanding Project in Jackson Park.

Kioto is also a photographer and filmmaker and an MFA candidate at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Her work focuses on notions of attention and perception, currently investigating the space between the still and the moving image in relation to the analogue image-making process.
Edward Wilkerson
Edward Wilkerson
Edward Wilkerson Jr. is an internationally recognized jazz musician, composer, arranger, and educator based in Chicago. As founder and director of the octet 8 Bold Souls, and the twenty-five-member ensemble Shadow Vignettes, Wilkerson has toured festivals and concert halls throughout the US, Europe, Japan, and the Middle East. In addition to his work with his own groups, he performs with the AACM Great Black Music Ensemble, Roscoe Mitchell, Douglas Ewart, the Temptations, Chico Freeman, Geri Allen, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Muhal Richard Abrams, Aretha Franklin, and George Lewis. He is a frequent collaborator in Chicago's Asian American music scene, playing with Tatsu Aoki's MIYUMI Project and Jeff Chan's Chicago Clarinet Conglomerate. A major presence in Chicago's AACM, Wilkerson teaches composition at the organization's music school and served for a time as AACM President.
Rika Lin
Rika Lin
Rika Lin is a Chicago-area native and has been a Japanese classical dance practitioner for over twenty five years. In 2006, as a member of the Fujima Ryu of Chicago dance troupe, she received her natori (stage name), Fujima Yoshinojo. In February 2016, she passed her grandmaster exam in Japan and has attained the level of shihan (teaching license). She also continues to develop her artistry working with Asian Improv aRts Midwest and Toyoaki Shamisen, and has choreographed and performed in collaborations with Tsukasa Taiko, Bellisima Productions, Yoko Noge's Japanesque, and Tatsu Aoki's "Miyumi Project" concerts, as well as the annual "Taiko Legacy" and "Reduction" performances at the MCA.
Venue Information:
Links Hall At Constellation
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/