Co-MISSION Festival of New Works (FEST PASS): Jenn Freeman, Joanna Furnans, Darling Shear, and Jessica Ray

Co-MISSION Festival of New Works (FEST PASS): Jenn Freeman, Joanna Furnans, Darling Shear, and Jessica Ray

Thu, June 1, 2017 - Sun, June 4, 2017

7:00 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL

$20.00 - $25.00

Links Hall Co-MISSION Festival of New Works.
Links Hall Co-MISSION Festival of New Works.
Links Hall is pleased to announce our inaugural Co-MISSION Festival of New Works.
This mini festival will take place annually the first week of June in order to premier new project developed by our Co-Mission Resident Artists. This year’s lineup includes fresh new works by Darling Shear & Diana Quinones Rivera, Jenn (Po’Chop) Freeman, Joanna Furnans, and Jessica Ray. The artists have had the support of three months residencies at Links Hall, monthly stipends over the course of their residencies, as well as workshop support and mentorship to aid in the development of their projects.
Po'Chop: Dynamite
Po'Chop: Dynamite
Dynamite is an exploration into memory and masculinity. It is the reimagining of traditions. It is finding one’s self within the legacies of those who came before us.

Hell bent on creating a repertoire that sparked conversations regarding notions of gender, sexual prowess, and race, Jenn Freeman made her debut as burlesque artist Po’Chop in 2010. With over a decade of dance training including studying at Columbia College Chicago, Po’Chop uses elements of dance, storytelling, and striptease to create performances that are described by Chicago critics as “…the most provocative symbol of might onstage…It was as if Po’Chop had captured lightning in a bottle and the bottle was herself.” Since Po’s debut she has seared across many US stages. From New Orleans, New York, where she performed at the Brooklyn Museum in Brown Girls Burlesque’s Bodyspeak, and St. Louis. Though any opportunity to perform is met with an indescribable ferocity, Po’ relishes and considers being a Jeezy Juke Joint board member and creating and performing, Chicago Reader Recommended, Black As Eye Wanna Be career highlights. Po’Chop was selected as the recipient of the Chances Dances Mark Aguhar Memorial Grant in 2015 and was recently chosen to participate in the 2016 RDDI Chicago Dance Lab. Needless to say, Po’Chop is the meat so, sweet even vegetarians want to take a bite!
Joanna Furnans: Genuine Fake
Joanna Furnans: Genuine Fake
Joanna Furnans: Genuine Fake

Performed by,
Elise Cowin
Tia Greer
Alyssa Gregory
Lindsey Lee
Sarah Ellen Miller
Zachary Nicol
Amanda Ramirez

Scenic Design, Christine Wallers
Sound Design, Erica Ricketts

Genuine Fake is a work exploring our tendency to conform or defer to the will of the mass. It’s about expressions of individuality within a group of like-minded peers. It’s about conflicts between group identities and personal identities, and contradictions between what we say and what we actually do.

Joanna Furnans is an independent dance artist based in Chicago. Her work demonstrates a conscious attention to content, form and imagery as a means to express a genuine experience of self and question the status quo within numerous cultural contexts: dance culture, queer culture, post-feminist culture, and contemporary American culture. Her choreography has been supported by the Walker Art Center, the University of Minnesota, the Pleasure Rebel Series (MN), the Chicago Moving Company, Links Hall, and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. She has performed nationally and internationally in the work of Karen Sherman, Chris Schlichting, Morgan Thorson, Laurie Van Wieren, and Ginger Krebs. For more information visit
Darling Shear: Coeur Enchanté
Darling Shear: Coeur Enchanté
COEUR ENCHANTÉ re-stages famous songs and ballets from 1940/50's classic films. Tapping into this time capsule Shear's ensembles occupies an alternate reality where she takes on the spritely role of instigator, antagonist, and inspiration that drives the ensemble's varied characters to their crescendo.

While the dance work is being created for the stage the process of its creation and performance is being documented by collaborating film maker Diana Quinones Rivera. The Film follows Darling Squire a mixed media post-gender artist in her day to day as she balances life between being a classical dancer and her old Hollywood night life persona Darling Shear.

DARLING SHEAR
I am a Chicago Native but I have roots in Atlanta where I started my dance training. I attended North Springs Charter School of the performing arts where I got my training in Ballet, Modern, Jazz and African. I began dancing professionally right out of high school and in that time from 2008 to 2011 I worked with many great choreographers. The highlights for me were working with Bubba Carr choreography/artistic director to Cher for 12yrs and counting, Rhonda Henriksen soloist with Hubbard Street and Twyla Tharp, Tracy Vogt former Philadanco dancer, Hinton Battle the Original Scarecrow from the broadway production of “The Wiz” and Lauri Stallings Hubbard street soloist and founder/artistic director of gloATL. I moved back to Chicago the summer of 2011 to start my company Suna Dance a collaborative artist group and had our first performance in November of 2011. I am a freelance dancer/choreographer in the city and have worked with The Fly Honeys of the The Inconvenience and various other dance troops and was also an apprentice with the Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre.

Diana Quiñones Rivera has been exploring dance and music through her filmmaking since she moved to New York in 2005. Mentored by legendary filmmaker, the late Albert Maysles, Diana has filmed artists and their works inspired by Albert's continuous collaboration with artists of various disciplines all throughout his life. Her dance film, It’s a Feeling, Dancing with Jeff Selby was screened at the Dance on Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center in 2014 and at the Cinedanse Film Festival in Quebec in 2015. Diana obtained a B.A. in Film and Literature at University of Puerto Rico and a Post Graduate certificate in Filmmaking at London Film School. A new resident of Chicago, Diana is currently in development of a feature length documentary about radical Bomba artists in today's Puerto Rico.
Jessica Ray: All That I Remember
Jessica Ray: All That I Remember
Here we are. What kind of time does it take to show up, listen, and continue? Memory slips through the work as it’s composed for the environment, the viewers, the constraints of the situation. Are we still here, right now? Without interruption, carrying on, here for you, you for me. In the absence of music we can follow this wherever it goes. The time we have will be sufficient.

Jessica Ray is a dance artist new to Chicago from New York. She works in improvisational forms, creating abstract, live performance of endurance, risk, and precise choice. In addition to solo work, she collaborates with composers and other choreographers, teaches, and performs in the work of others. Her work has been nationally presented at AUNTS at the Pulitzer Foundation, Roulette Intermedium, the Movement Research Festival and Judson Church, the Chocolate Factory, the Flea Theater, Food for Thought at Danspace Project, and Pieter PASD. She has performed in the work of Renée Archibald, Megan Byrne, Laurie Berg, Elizabeth Ward, Nina Winthrop, K.J. Holmes and Christopher Williams. In addition to her performance work, she has curated for Roulette Intermedium, moderated talk backs at the Flea Theater, and supported the dance community in administrative roles at Movement Research and Roulette Intermedium. Jessica taught as an adjunct professor at Wayne State University in Detroit before settling into Chicago.
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/