TRADE ROUTES: A FESTIVAL OF ARTISTIC EXCHANGE, Working On Better Versions of Prayers, how to survive a plague

TRADE ROUTES: A FESTIVAL OF ARTISTIC EXCHANGE

Working On Better Versions of Prayers

how to survive a plague

J'Sun Howard, Brother(hood) Dance!, Damon D. Green, William Harris, Dedrick (Deddy Banks) Gray, Orlando Zane Hunter,Jr., Jerijah West

Mon, December 4, 2017

7:00 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL

$10 student/senior - $12 online - $15 door - $40 festival pass

J'Sun Howard | Working On Better Version of Prayers 

“Working On Better Versions of Prayers” creates charismatic space for black boy joy. A poetic testimony that miracles erupt at any moment. A portrait in blue looking an intimacy between men of color, acts of practicing freedom, and radical hope, that is hope directed toward a future goodness that transcends the current ability to understand what it is, an imaginative excellence.

Broother(hood) Dance! | how to survive a plague

An interdisciplinary meditation on the artistic generational gap between those lost in the global epidemic, AIDS. Brother(hood) Dance! investigates who survives and whose stories are told during and after life. This ritualistic experience will venerate the Black African bodies that were exiled from the urgency of care shun by their communities and government. 

TRADE ROUTES: A FESTIVAL OF ARTISTIC EXCHANGE
Five Chicago-based artists/companies have been selected to participate in TRADE ROUTES, a festival of artistic exchange. Each local artist has selected an out of town partner they would like to host in Chicago and split a bill with during our festival, and each exchange project is given a travel stipend so that the Chicago artist can finance touring to their partnering artist’s hometown.
Working On Better Versions of Prayers
Working On Better Version of Prayers

Created by J'Sun Howard in collaboration with Dedrick “Deddy Bank​s​” Gray, Damon D. Green, and Willyum Labeija

Dramaturge: Raquel Monroe


"Working On Better Versions of Prayers" creates charismatic space for black boy joy. A poetic testimony that miracles erupt at any moment. A portrait in blue looking on intimacy between men of color, acts of practicing freedom, and radical hope, that is hope directed toward a future goodness that transcends the current ability to understand what it is, an imaginative excellence.
how to survive a plague
Created by: Brother(hood) Dance!
Performed by: Orlando Zane Hunter,Jr., and Jerijah West

Tech/Design Credits

Lighting designer: Carol Mullins;
Costume designer: Shane Ballard;
Sound designer: Orlando Zane Hunter, Jr;
Media Design: Orlando Zane Hunter, Jr.

how to survive a plague – An interdisciplinary meditation on the artistic generational gap between those lost in the global epidemic, AIDS. Brother(hood) Dance! investigates who survives and whose stories are told during and after life. This work will explore the methods of healing, care-giving, and living testimonies by creating an intentional space with sound, movement, and aroma. This ritualistic experience will venerate the Black African bodies that were exiled from the urgency of care shun by their communities and government. How do we connect this work (how to survive a plague) as a reverential gesture to lost ancestral artistic dreams?
J'Sun Howard
J'Sun Howard
J'Sun Howard is from Chattanooga, TN. A Chicago Dancemaker’s Forum grantee, 2014, his choreography has appeared at local venues Links Hall, Northwestern University, Sonotheque, Lincoln Square Theatre, Insight Arts/Center for New Possibilities, Epiphany Church, and Rumble Arts. In 2009, J'Sun was selected to be a LinkUp Residency to deepen his artistic practice at Links Hall and in 2010 he was granted the Julius Margolin "Youth in Labor" Award to protest at the gates of the School of Americas in Fort Benning, GA. He has also performed at Patrick\'s Cabaret (Minneapolis, MN), had work commissioned by the Chicago Academy School for the Arts, and been a sponsored artist at High Concept Laboratories. J’Sun has performed for many choreographers including Malcolm Jason Low, Asimina Chremos, Sara Wookey, Paige Cunningham, Selene Carter, but most extensively with collaborators Darrell Jones and Damon Green in their research of (e)feminized ritual performance, which received a 2013 Juried Bessie Award in support of Hoo-Ha (for your eyes only). His collaboration, Utopic Monster Theory, with poet Jennifer Karmin has been performed in exhibitions "I Can't Breathe" at ARC Gallery, "Law and Disorder" at Women Made Gallery, and Small Traffic Press's production of Poets Theater Festival (San Francisco, CA), and the IN>Time Performance Festival. His literary work can be read in the journals: Chicago IRL, Inkwell, Danspace’s Constellations and Influences, Garland Court Review, Storyglossia, 3rd Language, Bird's Thumb, and Manifold, The Body.
Brother(hood) Dance!
Brother(hood) Dance!
Brother(hood) Dance! is an interdisciplinary duo that seeks to inform its audiences on the socio-political and environmental injustices from a global perspective, bringing clarity to the same-gender-loving African-American experience in the 21st century. Brother(hood) Dance! was formed in April 2014 as a duo that research, create and perform dances of freedom by Orlando Zane Hunter, Jr. and Ricarrdo Valentine. We have performed our works at FiveMyles, Center for Performance Research, B.A.A.D! (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance), VCU-The Grace Street Theater, DraftWork at St. Marks Church, JACK, Movement Research at Judson Church, Colby College, Denmark Arts Center and other venues.

Orlando Zane Hunter,Jr. is an international artist, who has performed in Trinidad and Tobago and Zimbabwe, Africa with Ananya Chatterjea. He has received a B.F.A. in dance from the University of Minnesota. Recently he choreographed and danced in “Redbone: A Biomythography” that debuted at the Nuyorican Café, Wild Project Theater and Duke University: Women’s center. Orlando Hunter’s solo, Mutiny, was selected in the 2015 Dancing While Black performance lab held this year in Trinidad and Tobago. He has presented his choreography at Thelma Hill and on Time Warner cable network through Germaul Barnes’s project, Black Bones. Since his arrival to New York City, Orlando has performed works by Christal Brown, Edisa Weeks, Germaul Barnes, Andre Zachary/ Renegade Performance Group, Forces of Nature and Ni’Ja Whitson-Adebanjo/NWA project. In addition, he is the co-founder of Brother(hood) Dance and 2015/16 Dancing While Black Fellow.

Ricarrdo Valentine uses art as a vehicle for activism. Ricarrdo’s education includes Urban Bush Women: Summer Leadership Institute, Bates Dance Festival and Earl Mosely Institute of the Arts. He has presented his choreography at Bates Dance Festival, Brooklyn Museum, El Museo de Barro and LaGuardia Community College. Ricarrdo continues to collaborate and work with Christal Brown/INspirit, Edisa Weeks/Delirious Dance, Paloma McGregor, Dante Brown/Warehouse Dance, Malcolm Low/Formal Structure, Jill Sigman/Thinkdance, Ni’Ja Whitson-Adebanjo/NWA project, Andre Zachary/RPG and Emily Berry/B3W. He is the co-founder of Brother(hood) Dance! In addition, Ricarrdo is the 2015 Dance/USA DILT mentee and 2015/16 Dancing While Black Fellow.
Damon D. Green
Damon D. Green
Damon D. Green is a Chicago-based dancer and was born in Champaign, Illinois, where his dance education and training began at The Christine Rich Studio. Green began his training in classical ballet and jazz in 1996. Green furthered his education at Columbia College Chicago starting in 2003, where he was introduced to Modern/Contemporary, African and Vogue dance. Voguing is currently Damon's specialty and he continues to explore and perform in this form, in its fusion with contemporary vocabulary, with choreographer and Associate Professor of Dance Darrell Jones. Damon maintains his presence in the contemporary dance world with The Seldoms and with choreographer and dance educator Paige Cunningham. Green has traveled abroad, performed in Siberia and Taiwan and introduced Voguing to Russian students as a master teacher at the Isadora International Festival of Contemporary Dance. TimeOut Chicago rated him one of the "Top 10 Men of Dance" in 2010.
William Harris
William Harris
William Harris has a BA in Dance from Columbia College Chicago ('16). Working within various forms of Hip-Hop and Modern dance, he has performed for Onye Ozuzu, Tanji Harper, Blue Rhythm Collective, and BraveSoul Movement. As a Teaching Artist in Hip Hop at Dovetail Studio in Chicago, Will aims to create resonation among others through movement, and exploring the untapped challenges of self and for the sake of character. Thanks to all my family and amazing friends who have given nothing but unconditional support in this process, wherever you are along the journey. Peace, Love, and Unity.
Dedrick (Deddy Banks) Gray
Dedrick (Deddy Banks) Gray
Gray is a native of Chicago, IL. He began dancing in his early teens, and then continued his training at Columbia College Chicago earning a BA in Marketing and Dance. He's a company member of Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago. Dedrick has also attended Jacobs Pillow school of dance two years in a row under scholarship. He has worked with and performed pieces by choreographers such as Onye Ozuzu, Matthew Williams, Kia Smith, Camille A. Brown, Moncell E. Durden, Darrell Jones, Francine Ott, Kelsa Robinson, Dianne McIntyre, Ni'ja Whitson, D.Saleba Grimes, and from Red Clay Dance Company and Urban Bush Woman
Orlando Zane Hunter,Jr.
Orlando Zane Hunter,Jr.
Orlando Zane Hunter,Jr. is an international artist, who has performed in Trinidad and Tobago and Zimbabwe, Africa with Ananya Chatterjea. He has received a B.F.A. in dance from the University of Minnesota. Recently he choreographed and danced in "Redbone: A Biomythography" that debuted at the Nuyorican Café, Wild Project Theater and Duke University: Women's center. Orlando Hunter's solo, Mutiny, was selected in the 2015 Dancing While Black performance lab held this year in Trinidad and Tobago. He has presented his choreography at Thelma Hill and on Time Warner cable network through Germaul Barnes's project, Black Bones. Since his arrival to New York City, Orlando has performed works by Christal Brown, Edisa Weeks, Germaul Barnes, Andre Zachary/ Renegade Performance Group, Forces of Nature and Ni'Ja Whitson-Adebanjo/NWA project. In addition, he is the co-founder of Brother(hood) Dance and 2015/16 Dancing While Black Fellow.
Jerijah West
Jerijah West
Jerijah West started dancing professionally at the age of 8 with the Harlem based dance company Batoto Yetu, with whom he served as Rehearsal Director from 2011-2015. He has performed at Lincoln Center, Jacobs Pillow, Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, and he has toured to China, Canada, England, France, Berlin, South Africa, Spain, Angola, Trinidad, Germany, Sweden and Brazil. He performed Off Broadway at The New Victory Theater for Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary dancing with Mya, Usher, and Whitney Houston. West graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication and an Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises minor. He starred in Legend of Yauna at BAM Fisher created by Grammy Award-winning composer Chris Berry, and Directed and Choreographed works by Maija Garcia. The New York Times has said, "Jerijah West throughout, and as a Fox-Man, is a standout". Jerijah performed in the 2016 MTV Music Awards Pre-Show. He is a company member of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, under the direction of Abdel R. Salaam.
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/