Sun, November 5, 2017

7:00 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL


Chicago’s SALTY LARK DANCE will be joined by Philadelphia-based The Naked Stark for 664 MILES, a concert of five dance works exhibiting unique movement vocabularies and lush physicality. Over the past ten years, choreographers Madeleine Reber (SALTY LARK DANCE) and Katherine Kiefer Stark (The Naked Stark) have sustained an ongoing dialog about creative process, movement, and aesthetics. This year they bring their work together to share performance space and cross-pollinate movement ideas and images between their two cities.

SALTY LARK DANCE/Madeleine Reber
SALTY LARK DANCE/Madeleine Reber
SALTY LARK DANCE presents the Chicago premiere of Bones and Trains along
with Lighthouse and Parachutes in our Pockets.  These works allude to voyage and navigation, and
contemplate the mechanisms, crafts, and ideas that get us from here to there. Layering intricate
gestural composition and poignant imagery, they do not follow linear narratives, but tell a human story.

SALTY LARK DANCE is a Chicago-based company established in 2012, performing original dance works by Artistic Director Madeleine Reber. Our work examines the substance of human experience through deeply embodied movement practice, and ongoing investigations between sensed experience, movement, visual image, and story. SALTY LARK has been produced throughout Chicago, with support from Links Hall, The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and The Space Movement Project among others. We have performed outside of Chicago at events such as Midwest RADfest, Minnesota Fringe Festival, Fort Wayne Fringe, and The Kitchen Columbus.

Madeleine Reber is a choreographer, dance educator, and Artistic Director of Salty Lark Dance. Originally from Yellow Springs, Ohio, Madeleine began performing and choreographing professionally in Western Massachusetts after earning a BA in Dance from Bennington College. She is a former member of Amie Dowling’s inter-generational company, The Dance Generators and has performed for many independent choreographers along the East Coast and in the Midwest. Her work has been presented throughout Chicago by Links Hall, Core Project Chicago, and The Space Movement Project, among others. She has received support from The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Madeleine holds an MFA in Choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has served as Assistant Professor of Dance at East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Madeleine is adjunct faculty in the GL-CMA program at Columbia College and in the Theatre School at DePaul University. She teaches release-based technique for professional dancers at Dovetail Studios.
The Naked Stark/ Katherine Kiefer Stark
The Naked Stark brings two new works for its Chicago debut, Power Suite and What’s in a name?  
Dynamic momentum-based phrasing propels dancers through space in these works reflecting Stark’s
interest in the construction and possibilities for deconstruction of ourselves, our values, and our social

The Naked Stark is a Philadelphia-based dance company that builds complex dance works taking apart, redefining, and considering everyday experiences of people, ideas, and social phenomenon. In Philadelphia our work has been supported by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund (2014, 2015, 2017-2020), University City District’s Programming at The Porch (2014), FringeArts’ JumpStart program (2012), the First Person Arts Festival RAW (2013), and by individual contributions. Outside of Philadelphia we have most notably been selected to show work in the Wilmington Fringe Festival (2010), the American College Dance Association’s professional concert (2015), and DC’s Capital Fringe (2016).

Katherine Kiefer Stark is a Philadelphia-based dance artist and the artistic director of The Naked Stark. Katherine’s work has been presented in Philadelphia and along the East Coast. In 2016, DC’s Capital Fringe presented her full-length work The Importance of Normal which premiered in Philadelphia in the 2013 First Person Arts Festival RAW. In 2012, she received a Rocky Award, a peer-to-peer award for outstanding achievement in the greater Philadelphia dance community, for her work Looking for Judy. The Naked Stark’s work has been supported by grants from the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the University District. Katherine received her MFA in choreography from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and her BA in dance from Connecticut College. Currently, she is adjunct faculty at Bryn Mawr, teaching a release-based drop-in movement practice for professionals at Mascher Space Cooperative where she is an Artist-in-Residence, and developing a full-length work, Visible Structures, premiering May 2018 in Philadelphia.
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618