Mitsu Salmon & Anna Martine Whitehead, LinkUP Residency Showcase

Mitsu Salmon & Anna Martine Whitehead, LinkUP Residency Showcase

Sat, February 25, 2017

7:00 pm

Links Hall At Constellation

Chicago, IL

$10 / $12 / $15 @ door

Mitsu Salmon
Mitsu Salmon
”Out/In Aka” is solo performance drawing upon Mitsu Salmon’s grandmother Takoko’s history of fleeing to the countryside after WW2 in Japan as connected to her own life. The piece will interweave sound, voice, Butoh, sculpture and fractured narratives. She will collaborate with sound artists Simon Briggs and Ryotaro Sudo to create a soundscape for the piece. The work will explore how personal and family memories connect and collide, how ancestors are held and expressed in my body and the healing qualities of nature.


Mitsu Salmon creates original performance and visual works, which fuse multiple disciplines. She was born in the melting pot of Los Angeles to a Japanese mother and American father. Her creation in differing mediums, the translation of one medium to another, is connected to the translation of differing cultures and languages.

Salmon received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014. In 2005 she graduated from NYU where she majored in Experimental Theater, studying theater and visual arts. She was a core member of the Butoh dance group Ima Tenko and Kiraza for three years in Kyoto Japan. She has lived in India, England, Germany, Amsterdam, Japan and Bali.

She has performed solo work at places such Performance Space 122, Dance Theater Workshop, Highways Performance Space and internationally at Hebbel Am Uffer, the Berlin Performance Art Festival, London Performance Art Festival and Urbanguild in Kyoto, Japan. She has been an artist in resident at High Concept Lab and the Chicago Cultural Center.
Anna Martine Whitehead
Anna Martine Whitehead
S P R E A D uses dance, improvised sound, and a live installation to draw audiences into the wild expansiveness of Black time. Time in the key of Black is almost impossibly extended, variably truncated, and necessarily reversed, chopped, screwed, and remixed. As theorized in S P R E A D, Black time is erotic time in Lorde’s sense of the erotic: joyful, feminine, and bonded to each other. As we walk into a future haunted by the worst of our past selves and ratcheted up by social media and a national affair with virtual reality, S P R E A D offers a meditation on survival. If there were ever a time to study the longevity of blackness, it is now.

Anna Martine Whitehead uses movement and language to practice escaping the Planet Earth. Their solo performances, videos, and collaborations have been presented in North America and Europe, and they have contributed significantly to the work of Keith Hennessy, Jefferson Pinder, Julien Previeux, Every house has a door, and taisha paggett, amongst others. They write about Black performance in the contemporary art world and have contributed to an array of texts on queer dance, performance, and social practice, including a regular column in Art Practical, and a chapter in the forthcoming "Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance," edited by Clare Croft. Their first chapbook "TREASURE | My Black Rupture" debuted this past Spring.
Venue Information:
Links Hall At Constellation
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/