Project Tool

Project Tool

Fri, September 8, 2017

6:00 pm

Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative

Chicago, IL

Friday, September 8th @ 6pm | Free Admission (dance & music)
Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative |1456 E 70th St

Project Tool led by Onye Ozuzu
Collaborators: Keyierra Collins, Keisha Bennett, Damon Locks, Jessica Marasa, and Anna Martine Whitehead

Within Project Tool, dancers explore, through the process of using handheld tools and legacy processes, the relationship between mind, body, and tool. Through the research of building a wood, sprung dance floor, the dancers collaborate with tools as if they are partners in a dance with the body. The practical making of the space through sawing, hammering, sanding, and nailing has unearthed an improvisational landscape in which tasks, tools, and body inform and form the dance. Join us for a showing of work and process."

Onye Ozuzu
Onye Ozuzu
Onye Ozuzu is a dance administrator, performing artist, choreographer, educator and researcher currently on faculty at the Dance Department at Columbia College Chicago. Her work has been seen nationally and internationally at The Joyce Soho (Manhattan, NY), KaayFecc Festival Des Tous les Danses (Dakar, Senegal), La Festival del Caribe (Santiago, Cuba), Lisner Auditorium (Washington, DC), McKenna Museum of African American Art (New Orleans, LA), and Made in Chicago at the Pritzker Auditorium (Chicago, IL). She has been Artist in Residence at EarthDance Workshop and Retreat Center, Bates Dance Festival and ChulitnaWilderness Lodge and Retreat and Camp Merveilles.

(Photo credit: William Frederking)
The Instigation Orchestra and Djasporas
The Instigation Orchestra and Djasporas
Improviser, Steve Marquette (guitar) and dancer/writer Marie Casimir bring together an impressive group of musicians and performers in a new collaboration of the The Instigation Orchestra and Djasporas. Inspired by the ongoing and circular relationship of music and movement between New Orleans and Chicago, these two ensembles will meet for the first time for an evening of completely improvised performance.


Mars Williams ­ saxophones (Chicago)
Ben LaMar Gay ­ cornet, voice (Chicago)
Anton Hatwich ­ bass (Chicago)
Steve Maquette ­ guitar (Chicago)
Jeff Albert ­ trombone (New Orleans)
Helen Gillet ­ cello (New Orleans)
James Singleton ­ bass (New Orleans)
Paul Thibodeaux ­ drums (New Orleans
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Dancers /Performers:
Marie Casimir
Jarrell Hamilton (New Orleans)
Felicia Holman
Meida McNeal
Maritza Mercado- Narcisse
Cristal Sabbagh
Kantara Souffrant

Co-produced by Marie Casimir, Steve Marquette and Brett Swinney
Co-Presented by Constellation and Links Hall

Online tickets: $10
Tickets at door: $15
Venue Information:
Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative
1456 E 70th St
Chicago, IL, 60637