Co-MISSIONS Festival of New Works

Co-MISSIONS Festival of New Works

Sun, June 3, 2018

7:00 pm

Links Hall At Constellation

Chicago, IL

$10 - $12

Links Hall is pleased to announce our second annual Co-MISSION Festival of New Works.
This mini festival takes place annually the first week of June in order to premier new projects developed by our Co-Mission Resident Artists. This year's Co-Mission residencies were awarded to J'Sun Howard, Ayako Kato/ Art Union Humanscape, Lizzie Leopold, Courtney Mackedanz, Nora Sharp, and Sojourner Zenobia. 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.

Co-MISSIONS Festival of New Works
Co-MISSIONS Festival of New Works
Links Hall is pleased to announce our second annual Co-MISSION Festival of New Works.
This mini festival takes place annually the first week of June in order to premier new projects developed by our Co-Mission Resident Artists. This year's Co-Mission residencies were awarded to J'Sun Howard, Ayako Kato/ Art Union Humanscape, Lizzie Leopold, Courtney Mackedanz, Nora Sharp, and Sojourner Zenobia. 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.
Lizzie Leopold
Lizzie Leopold
Lizzie Leopold is an artist-scholar, holding a PhD from Northwestern University and serving as Artistic Director/choreographer for Chicago-based modern dance company the Leopold Group. Her scholarly research includes a focus on intersections of concert dance and cultural/financial value. Her written work has been published by Oxford University Press, University Press of Florida and more. Her choreographic work has been awarded by the New York International Fringe Festival, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Workspace for Choreographers Artist Retreat, and more. Leopold also holds degrees from the University of Michigan (dance) and New York University (performance studies). She is also Adela’s mom.
Courtney Mackedanz
Courtney Mackedanz
is a movement-based performance artist whose material playfully builds and critically disassembles itself, all at once. Her choreography examines bodily meaning, circumvents unchecked momentum, and approaches the mitigation of potential damage through an embrace of uncertainty. Mackedanz earned her BFA in Performance & Visual Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013, and has since presented work in Chicago, Montreal, New York, and Shanghai.

Recently, Mackedanz has been mining archival footage of female American pole vaulters in Olympic competition.This watching is less for an interest in sport-but rather a curiosity for the poetic friction between the absurd task of pole vaulting and the precarity of this American reality. During her Co-MISSION Residency at Links Hall, Mackedanz will create a performance that problematizes hyper-verticality while measuring the incongruence between time spent in ascent and time salvaged before collapse. Mackedanz will examine these questions while also envisioning ways in which to choreograph care into an imminent fall.
Nora Sharp
Nora Sharp
Born and based in Chicago, Nora Sharp creates performances made of dance, music, and anecdotes of everyday life. Nora has been an artist in residence at High Concept Labs as part of Vaudeo Motion; has presented solo & directed work at Links Hall, Hamlin Park Theatre, and Salonathon; and has performed in works by Ayako Kato, Jane Jerardi, Kirsten Leenaars, Joshua Kent, Emilio Rojas, The Space Movement Project, and The Inconvenience. Nora's work in artist services includes curating Research Project, a quarterly works-in-progress performance series; organizing dance classes that seek to fill the gaps in Chicago training opportunities; developing the Chicago Working Artists' Emergency Fund, a community-based pool of funding for artists' basic needs; and serving on artist selection panels, including the DCASE Individual Artists' Program (2016) and THAWALLS for Links Hall & ThreeWalls (2017). Nora holds a degree from Oberlin College, trains capoeira angola with FICA - Chicago, works a day job tutoring high school students, and volunteers as a GED tutor at the Center on Halsted.
Sojourner Zenobia
Sojourner Zenobia
Sojourner Zenobia collaborates with the unseen to create spaces for those of us in bodies to meet our deepest truths. Nature, Ancestors, Goddesses and Transformation are her muses.
Sojourner graduated from Naropa University in 2006 with a BFA in multidisciplinary performance. In 2008 they founded Soul Journey Projects, a multi-disciplinary performance ensemble. Sojourner attended the School at Steppenwolf in 2009, and Pantheater in Paris 2012, where she studied choreographic theater, and Roy Hart experimental vocal technique. Sojourner weaves together these trainings to present raw and magnetizing solo and ensemble works.
During their Co-MISSION Residency Sojourner will construct a participatory ritual performance exploring femininities through ancestral lineage, identity and feminine principles titled "Femme-Body". This work celebrates and centers the magic of queer femme identities of color while holding space for the audience to embody feminine principles as an alternative medicine to oppressive hyper-masculinity
Venue Information:
Links Hall At Constellation
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/