Co-MISSIONS Festival of New Works

Co-MISSIONS Festival of New Works

A.J. McClenon, Nora Sharp

Thu, May 31, 2018

7:00 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL

$10 - $12

Links Hall is pleased to announce our second annual Co-MISSION Festival of New Works.
This mini festival takes place annually the first week of June in order to premier new projects developed by our Co-Mission Resident Artists. This year's Co-Mission residencies were awarded to J'Sun Howard, Ayako Kato/ Art Union Humanscape, Lizzie Leopold, Courtney Mackedanz, Nora Sharp, and Sojourner Zenobia. The artists have had the support of three months residencies at Links Hall, monthly stipends over the course of their residencies, as well as workshop support and mentorship to aid in the development of their projects.

Co-MISSIONS Festival of New Works
Co-MISSIONS Festival of New Works
Links Hall is pleased to announce our second annual Co-MISSION Festival of New Works.
This mini festival takes place annually the first week of June in order to premier new projects developed by our Co-Mission Resident Artists. This year's Co-Mission residencies were awarded to AJ McClenon, Courtney Mackedanz, Nora Sharp, and Sojourner Zenobia. The artists have had the support of three months residencies at Links Hall, monthly stipends over the course of their residencies, as well as workshop support and mentorship to aid in the development of their projects.
A.J. McClenon
A.J. McClenon
AJ was born and raised in "D.C. proper," where they learned to fish and wander. Raised by southern grandparents, Nelba & Ernest and a D.C. native mom named Patricia Ann, aunts Cassie & Lalu and mom's boyfriend Bill. Humid summers spent between D.C., Baltimore and New York. A.J's work sets personal narratives alongside empirical data, leveling the hierarchies of truth. AJ holds a Masters in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Arts with a minor in creative writing from the University of Maryland College Park. AJ has also studied at Eugene Lang College. AJ has performed and shown work throughout the US, at locations like Steppenwolf, The Promontory, Woman Made Gallery, Echo Park Film Center, Chicago Filmmakers, Terrain Exhibitions, Gallery 400, Compliance Divisions, Fine Art Complex 1101 and Longwood Arts Center. AJ is currently the co-director of Beauty Breaks, an intergenerational beauty and wellness workshop series for black people along the spectrum of femininity. AJ is also a co-founder of F4F, a domestic venue that cultivates a femme community, centers blackness, and expands upon understandings of what domestic space can be.

Black Water: Polarity is a multimedia dance project that tells a collective story about the relationship between water and Black people. Using elements of modern dance, experimental theatre, contemporary and electronic sound, Black Water: Polarity speaks about aquatic migrations including the transatlantic slave trade, the historic segregation of pools and beaches in the US and the ensuing consequences and the emotional landscapes that our physical bodies contain in regards to these subjects.
Nora Sharp
Nora Sharp
Small Boob by Nora Sharp
Small Boobs is a performance solo offered out of curiosity around the intertwined follies of gender and relationship.

Nora Sharp grew up in Chicago. Nora makes work that blends dance, sound, comedy, cultural commentary, and personal history, and reflects lived experience as a queer white midwestern millennial. Along with the Co-MISSIONS program, in 2018 Nora has been in residence at VOLTA Performing Arts as well as a participant in LANDING 2.0 with Miguel Gutierrez at Gibney Dance (NYC) and FIELD/WORK at the Chicago Artists Coalition. Recent collaborations include performances with and for Udita Upadhyaya, Dao Nguyen, the Fly Honey Show, M Wu, and Ayako Kato. Nora facilitates spaces for intra- and interpersonal creative exchange, including Research Project, a bimonthly works in progress performance series at OuterSpace Studios, and an anxiety workshop series at VOLTA. Nora's work is influenced by the pedagogies of somatics, tutoring, organizing, non-violent communication, individual & group therapy, and other contemporary mental health practices. Nora is also in the early stages of building a community-based working artists’ and performers’ emergency insurance fund.

Over the course of the Co-MISSION Residency, Nora is developing "Small Boobs"-- a genrefluid coming-of-age performance solo offered out of curiosity around the intertwined follies of gender and relationship. Nora explains, "This work deals with my lived experience as a case study that can inform my efforts toward collective healing. I've sought to pick up the boulders in the landscape of my consciousness, look critically and kindly at what's really underneath them, and then hurl everything in the general direction of queer futurity."

"Small Boobs" Credits:
Sound & Tech Support- Brett Swinney
Lighting Design- Giau Truong
Sponsored / Funded by Links Hall & VOLTA Performing Arts

Special Thanks- Mary Ann Fischer & Robert Sharp, Sam Sharp & Margaret Sharp, Margaret Ann Ryan Sharp, Mary Yankovich Fischer, Thomas Pollard Sharp, Michael Fischer, Lally Gartel, Kathryn Wade & Hannah Wade & Chris Saunders, Udita Upadhyaya, Brett Swinney, Roell Schmidt, Anna Trier, Felicia Holman, Bryan Saner, Kim Davis, Kristina Isabelle, VOLTA Performing Arts, Matthew Gregory Hollis, Chandler & Aaron Greer, Andy Slavin, Jasmine Jordan, Kristina Fluty, Lindsey Barlag Thornton, Sara Zalek, Beto Defreitas & Huu Nguyen & FICA Chicago fam, Miguel Gutierrez & LANDING 2.0 fam, Penny Duff & Chicago Artists Coalition & FIELD/WORK fam, IntraSpectrum fam, Clare & Chiung, Sojourner & Courtney & AJ, Lucas Brown & Mackenzie Brown & all the love club fam, all the writers and musicians whose words and sounds I spent time with while this work was building, all the dancemakers and queer theorists who taught me how to see work and make my own, and all the other ancestors and transcestors who got us here.
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/