Co-MISSION Festival of New Works: Darling Shear, Jenn (Po'Chop) Freeman

Co-MISSION Festival of New Works: Darling Shear, Jenn (Po'Chop) Freeman

Fri, June 2, 2017

7:00 pm

Links Hall At Constellation

Chicago, IL

$10-$15

Links Hall is proud to present four new performances of the course of our Co-MISSION Festival of New Works.

Each project has been developed over the course of a three month Co-MISSION Residency and the artists have been supported with rehearsal space, monthly stipends, artistic workshops, mentorship, and technical production/design. 

Darling Shear: The Original Showgirl
Darling Shear: The Original Showgirl
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.
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!
Venue Information:
Links Hall At Constellation
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/