Willing To Feel: Works In Progress

Willing To Feel: Works In Progress

Fri, June 23, 2017

7:00 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL

$5.00

Willing to Feel: Works in Progress presents an evening of two pieces engaged with observations between the body and mind. A Willing Hostage brings together dancer-choreographer Edson Cabrera, musician Joseph Clayton Mills, and poet Carrie Olivia Adams to create an interrogation of the liminality of the body. This adaptation of Adams’s third collection of poems (Operating Theater) will be an experimental, improvisational performance of boundaries: of self and other involved in dialogue, between doctor and patient, between the skin and the knife, between word and motion, between memory and the mind. This Is How I Feel Today is a contemporary bharatanatyam work that acknowledges, reflects on, and viscerally feels the nuances of each day. Anjal Chande assembles a mosaic of introspective text, eclectic music, and expressive movement to explore these questions in a personal and philosophical way.

Willing To Feel: Works In Progress
Willing To Feel: Works In Progress
The Searchers (led by Carrie Olivia Adams; feat. Edson Cabrera) is a collaborative and multi-disciplinary collective interested in experiments with the interactions among words, sound, and movement.

The Soham Dance Project (led by Anjal Chande) is a contemporary bharatanatyam dance company, producing works that showcase a personal, accessible and relevant voice in the contemporary Indian dance movement. Described by Time Out Chicago as “arrestingly poetic” and “breaking out of the box of ethnic dance,” the company is the vehicle for sharing genre-evading dance-theater that articulates Artistic Director Anjal Chande’s personal and introspective musings. Grounded in stomps and rhythms of the feet and questions beneath the surface, the company embraces and flows beyond Indian aesthetics to include an unexpected, unfamiliar mosaic of art that invites audiences to think and feel differently. Out of appreciation for self-reliance and authenticity, Chande composes her own music and writes original prose to accompany her choreography in order to emphasize and empower the voice of the individual.
Anjal Chande
Anjal Chande
Anjal Chande is a choreographer, composer, writer, and percussionist who innovates and introspects through multidisciplinary dance. As a contemporary bharatanatyam artist, she founded Soham Dance Space with an expansive vision for the possibilities of Indian dance. Anjal has performed at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., West Wave Dance Festival in San Francisco, Drive East in New York City, the World Music Festival in Chicago, and more. She is the recipient of awards from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Illinois Arts Council, the Ragdale Foundation, and the U.S. Fulbright Student Program to study in Berlin this upcoming year. She is a disciple of Hema Rajagopalan, having trained and performed extensively with Natya Dance Theatre.
Carrie Olivia Adams
Carrie Olivia Adams
Carrie Olivia Adams is a poet and the editor for the small press Black Ocean. Her books include Operating Theater (Noctuary Press 2015), Forty-One Jane Doe’s (book and companion DVD, Ahsahta 2013) and Intervening Absence (Ahsahta 2009). She is also the Spring 2017 Artist-in-Residence at the International Museum of Surgical Science.
Edson Cabrera
Edson Cabrera
Edson Cabrera (Dancer) was born in Cuba and graduated from Escuela Nacional de Arte in Dance in 2005. There he participated in the ITS Festival in Netherlands under the direction of Feri de Geus and Noortje Bijvoets. After his graduation he joined the dance company Ballet Rakatan based in Havana, dancing as a soloist. In 2007, he became a member of Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, participating in several international tours to England, Mexico, Hungary, Poland, Spain, Netherland, Australia and the USA.
He has also performed in the Sziget Festival in Budapest, Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona, Brisbane Festival, Manchester International Festival, The Bydgoszcz Opera Festival and Virginia Arts Festival. Cabrera was made Principal Dancer in 2010. During his time in Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, Edson worked with choreographers Rafael Bonachela, Carlos Acosta, George Cespedes, Julio C. Iglesias, Juan Kruz, Mats Ek, Itzik Galili and Pedro Ruiz and performed works by Jan Linkens and Kenneth Kvarstrom.

Photo by William Frederking
Joseph Clayton Mills
Joseph Clayton Mills
Joseph Clayton Mills is a musician, artist, and writer. He is an active participant in the improvised and experimental music community in Chicago, where his collaborators have included Adam Sonderberg and Steven Hess (as Haptic), Michael Vallera (as Maar), Noé Cuéllar (as Parital), Sylvain Chaveau, Jason Stein, Michael Pisaro, and Olivia Block.

He is the author of the short-story collection Zyxt, and in 2012 published Nabokrossvords, a translation of early Russian crosswords by Vladimir Nabokov.
He is an active participant in the improvised and experimental music community in Chicago, where his collaborators have included Adam Sonderberg and Steven Hess (as Haptic), Michael Vallera (as Maar), Noé Cuéllar (as Parital), Sylvain Chaveau, Jason Stein, Michael Pisaro, and Olivia Block, among many others; his recordings have appeared on numerous labels, including Another Timbre, FSS, and Entr’acte.

In 2013, in conjunction with Noé Cuéllar, he launched Suppedaneum, a label focused on releasing scores and their realizations
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/