Co-MISSIONS Festival of New Works

Co-MISSIONS Festival of New Works

Courtney Mackedanz, Sojourner Zenobia, Zahra Glenda Baker, Aarafa Payne

Sun, June 3, 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.
Courtney Mackedanz
Courtney Mackedanz
COURTNEY MACKEDANZ | AIN'T NO SWALLOW BACK GIRL
Friday and Sunday @ 7pm

AINT NO SWALLOW BACK GIRL is a performative interrogation of the manners in which the physical body is instrumentalized to reinforce and perpetuation structural violence. Through the collision of text and gesture, AINT NO SWALLOW BACK GIRL confronts the aching similarities between the ways in which the body is exploited for its wage labor as well as its sexual use value. With a tender rage and strenuous yielding toward confusion, AINT NO SWALLOW BACK GIRL struggles to negotiate the (im)possibility of bodily autonomy in the wake of infiltration by such systems of oppression.

Courtney Mackedanz is a movement based performance artist living and working in Chicago. Her performances & installations employ tension, slippage, and wobble to insinuate realities which may appear absurd or distant, though are based in actuality. Mackedanz’s choreography rehearses the legibility of meaning contained in physical gesture while her text works against the stability of language—all in an effort to create/occupy space differently. Mackedanz eared a BFA in Performance and Visual Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013, and has since shared her work in Chicago, New York, Montreal, & Shanghai.
Sojourner Zenobia
Sojourner Zenobia
SOJOURNER ZENOBIA | BLACK PRISM MOON
Saturday and Sunday @ 7pm

Performed by Sojourner Zenobia, Zahra Baker, Aarafa Payne

A participatory dreamscape, a tapestry of medicinal embodiments and offerings, unfolding through vocal sounding, movement, text and installation. Here, in the beyond, a Black Prism Moon. A couple of queer Black femme shapeshifters live here. They embody an alternate time and space, where femininity emerges as a variety of inter-dimensional archetypes: The Beyond, Oshun, The Child, The Crone, Earth, Ancestors, The Lotus, Kali, The Serpent. Change, here, is the life force. Behind the Black Prism Moon, Death is an infinite Metamorphosis, liberation is found on whispers from the wind, beauty dances when feelings arise and age is an inevitable awakening. This is their home. It is not for you. But you are invited to listen with, to learn from, to lean into their way of being.

Sojourner Zenobia uses alter building, ritual, vocal soundscaping, movement based storytelling and somatic healing practices as “now portals,” to ​reach across time and connect with ancestors, listen to the earth and follow the wisdom of the body​. Sojourner graduated from Naropa University in 2006 with a BFA in multidisciplinary performance. In 2008 they founded Soul Journey Projects, a multi-disciplinary performance ensemble. Sojourner attended the School at Steppenwolf in 2009, and Pantheater in Paris 2012, where she studied choreographic theater, and Roy Hart experimental vocal technique.

Sponsored / Funded By:: Illinois Arts Council, Links Hall, Chicago Academy for the Arts
Zahra Glenda Baker
Zahra Glenda Baker
Zahra Glenda Baker is a performing artist recognized for her work as a folk and jazz vocalist, dramatic actor and an engaging storyteller. Her performance history includstorytelling duo “In the Spirit”; jazz vocal improvisations with David Boykin’s Outet; founding member of jazz and storytelling ensemble "Classic Black" ; vocals and percussion for "Shanta Nurullah’s Sitarsys" and bandleader for inspirational vocal ensemble "Freedom Song Leaders ". She has performed at venues such as Constellations, DuSable Museum, The Chicago Humanities Festival, The Old Town School of Folk Music Field, Ravinia Music Festival, The Chicago Jazz Festival, The National Association of Black Storytellers Conference and Festivals in Philadelphia, Atlanta, New Orleans and Minneapolis, Jonesborough National Storytelling Festival, Rhode Island Black Storytelling Festival and countless venues for the past 30 years. She is honored and inspired to explore the concept of "beyond" with Sojourner and the Ancestral Legacy that continues to reveal itself.
Aarafa Payne
Aarafa Payne
Born and raised on the Westside of Chicago Aarafa Payne is a Mother of Three, Grandmother of Three, alum of George Westinghouse High School & Roosevelt University and member of women’s percussionist group 'Drum Divas'. Payne's musical creative tools include Slits drums & Recorders. About her artistic practice, Payne shares: "The heart of my music is conscious participation in the healing of Us."
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/