Co-MISSION Festival of New Works: Joanna Furnans, Jessica Ray

Co-MISSION Festival of New Works: Joanna Furnans, Jessica Ray

Sat, June 3, 2017

7:00 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL

$10-$15

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.
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
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.
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/