A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival: Day Three

A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival: Day Three

BORDERS: POP-UP DINNER, Jeff Chan, Suwan Choi, Hugh Sato, M Wu, A-Squared Theatre, Hope Kim, Dan Lin, Wai Yim

Sat, November 11, 2017

7:00 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL

$15 - $45

Co-presented by A-Squared Theatre, Asian Improv Arts Midwest, and Links Hall, the A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival features four evenings of contemporary dance, music, performance art, sound art, and theatre by American artists descended from the Asian diaspora.

The third evening features Borders: Pop-Up Dinner, and works by Jeff Chan & Suwon Choi, Hugh Sato & M Wu, and A-Squared Theatre

A-Squared Festival
Co-presented by A-Squared Theatre, Asian Improv Arts Midwest, and Links Hall, the A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival features four evenings of contemporary dance, music, performance art, sound art, and theatre by American artists descended from the Asian diaspora.
This year’s artists include Jeff Chan & Suwan Choi, Taka Yamamoto, Lu Yim, Fujima Yoshinojo (Rika Lin) with Tatsu Aoki, Hugh Sato & M Wu, and A-Squared Theatre.
BORDERS: POP-UP DINNER
BORDERS: POP-UP DINNER
BORDERS: POP-UP DINNER experienced in The Quail Room.
Borders will have a curated menu of Thai, Vietnamese, and Filipino home cooked meals that are similar between their respective culinary cultures.
Eating can be a personal or communal experience. Food intertwined with religion and cultural practice construe how a person eats in private/public. Borders: Pop-Up Dinner explores fusion and diffusion of borders and migration through the palate.

Curated by Giau Truong and Axis Lab
Jeff Chan
Jeff Chan
Chicago saxophonist/composer Jeff Chan is dedicated to advancing the understanding of the Asian American experience through music. He has worked with many of the leaders of the Asian American creative music movement, including saxophonist Francis Wong and bassist Tatsu Aoki as well as some of the top figures in the Chicago music scene such as saxophonists Jimmy Ellis, Ari Brown, Mwata Bowden and Edward Wilkerson Jr., trumpeter Ameen Muhammad, drummer Avreeayl Ra and pianist/vocalist/bandleader Yoko Noge. As a composer, Chan has created works for varied and diverse ensembles, from solo instruments to large ensembles, including a musical score for modern dance company Facing East Dance & Music.

Chan has received awards from Meet The Composer, the Zellerbach Family Fund, the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Illinois Arts Council and has performed across the country and in Europe as a leader and guest artist. A native of the California Bay Area, Chan made the move to Chicago in order to be a part of the city’s rich musical culture. Critics have said that Chan is “… a voice to be reckoned with… (Brian Gilmore, JazzTimes)” and that his work is “music of uncommon majesty, spirituality and emotional depth (Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune).”
Suwan Choi
Suwan Choi
Suwan Choi is a dynamic musician and performer of traditional Korean drumming, or pungmul. He currently serves as Artist in Residence with Global Pungmul Institute, metropolitan Chicago’s leading organization dedicated to the education and presentation of pungmul. Suwan maintains an active schedule, performing across the Midwest in both traditional contexts as well as presentations of his original works that combine multiple musical forms, unified through the architecture of traditional Korean drumming practice.

Suwan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Korean Traditional Performing Arts. He has served as the Performance Director of Korean Traditional Performing Arts Troupe NanJang & Pan and won First Place at the 19th World Samulnori Competition
Hugh Sato
Hugh Sato
Hugh Sato is a new media artist, working at the intersection between the stage, body, and interactive technologies. He collaborates on large-scale performances and works at a library, building a community space for making. He is interested in the psychology of groups and cultures, considering the challenges we face with social collectivity and its role in political activism.
M Wu
M Wu
M, aka Mengnan, aka Mary, aka 吴梦南, aka…dances, draws, writes, and builds community in Chicago. M is interested in how movement, images, and language push and stretch each other and the spaces in between. M is interested in vulnerability in performance and believes life is performative. M is thinking arting a lot about racial identity and political activism these days. M is thrilled that you’re here and wishes for us to be present together.
A-Squared Theatre
A-Squared Theatre
A-­Squared Theatre

As an Asian American theatre company, A-Squared Theatre was founded in December 2006 by a collective of Asian American theatre artists based in Chicago. Noting that many important Asian and Asian American plays, both new and old, have never been produced in Chicago, these artists united for the common goal of bringing these stories to the Chicago stage. In doing so, the founders pledged to showcase the talents of Asian American directors, designers, writers, and actors who they believe were underutilized, underrepresented, and misrepresented in Chicago theatre.

This year A-Squared Theatre presents Piano by Hope Kim, directed by Way Yim and performed by Hope Kim and Dan Lin.
Hope Kim
Hope Kim
Hope Kim is a company member and board member of A-Squared Theatre for which she has performed in all three incarnations of the My Asian Mom series, including Piano, her one-person short play. She also co-curated the A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival (co-presented with Links Hall) and produced Cowboy vs. Samurai, Ching Chong Chinaman, and the three editions of My Asian Mom. Hope also runs a playwriting workshop for Asian American writers based in Chicago. She thanks God for all the wonderful, exciting, and challenging opportunities to create art and also thanks her husband for the endless support and understanding of the late nights and meetings.
Excited to be able to co-curate the second year of A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival.
Dan Lin
Dan Lin
DAN LIN​​​​ is happy to be working with both old friends and new at the A Squared Festival. He holds a BFA in Acting from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Chicago credits include King of the Yees, Support Group for Men, The White Snake, The World of Extreme Happiness (Goodman), United Flight 232 (The House Theatre), Chimerica (Timeline), Saint Joan (Writers), Miss Saigon (Paramount), and Julius Caesar (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre) Regional credits include The White Snake (The Old Globe). Film and TV credits include Flora (where he also served as Ex. Producer) and Chicago PD.
Wai Yim
Wai Yim
A proud member of Actors' Equity, his Chicago credit includes: Postnation, King of the Yees, The King of Hell's Palace (Goodman Theatre), Chimerica (TimeLine Theatre). Regional credit includes: The White Snake directed by Mary Zimmerman (Goodman Theatre, Old Globe Theatre, McCarter Theatre, WuZhen Theatre Festival in China), The Oldest Boy (Unicorn Theatre), Taming of the Shrew, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Antony and Cleopatra (Nebraska Shakespeare Festival), A Christmas Carol (Nebraska Theatre Caravan). His TV credit includes: Patriot (Amazon) and The Chi (Showtime). He is the Artistic Director of ætherplough, a performance arts group in Omaha.
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/