Ayako Kato's Co-MISSION Fellowship Premiere

Ayako Kato's Co-MISSION Fellowship Premiere

Thu, February 22, 2018

7:00 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL

$10-$15 online, $17 door

This year's Co- MISSIONS Fellowship Artists are: J'Sun Howard and Ayako Kato / Art Union Humanscape.
J'Sun's Co-MISSION Fellowship will work towards the premiere of "Working On Better Versions of Prayers" which creates charismatic space for black boy joy. A poetic testimony that miracles erupt at any moment. 


Kato's Co-MISSION Fellowship work focuses on a new dance/movement piece inspired by the score, called "stück 1998," written by Swiss composer Manfred Werder. 

Made possible in part through the support of the Links Hall Commissioning Collective.

Co-MISSIONS Fellowship Showcase
Co-MISSIONS Fellowship Showcase
This year's Co- MISSIONS Fellowship Artists are: J'Sun Howard and Ayako Kato / Art Union Humanscape.
J'Sun's Co-MISSION Fellowship will work towards the premiere of "Working On Better Versions of Prayers" which 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.
Kato's Co-MISSION Fellowship work focuses on a new dance/movement piece inspired by the score, called "stück 1998," written by Swiss composer Manfred Werder. Kato's initial investigation into "Stück 1998," yeilded "What is Movement?" an exhibition of movement Ayako created and opened in 2016. For this iteration of the project, she strategically combines sound artists and movers to work together while also focusing more on the score itself, actualizing it through movement in order to persevere the more radical aspects of what actually movement can convey, what movement means, and what movement is. She plans to investigate movement as an independent as well as inter-dependent entity in relation to music/sound and everything else. www.artunionhumanscape.net

Made possible in part through the support of the Links Hall Commissioning Collective.
Ayako Kato
Ayako Kato
Ayako Kato is an award-winning Japanese native and Chicago-based dancer, choreographer, improviser, teacher, and curator. Influenced by a Japanese view of nature and the philosophy of Tao, Ayako's dance movement encourages to perceive the intangible, the beauty of being as it is, which affirms and nurtures the ephemeral nature and dignity of life. In 2016, she received a 3Arts Award in Dance. She performed her works recently at venues/festivals such as 3Klang Tage, Switzerland; DOEK, Amsterdam, Holland; the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven, CT; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; SpinOff Festival, Chicago Cultural Center. In Summer 2016, Ayako participated in the Regional Dance Development Initiative (RDDI) of its National Dance Project (NDP) funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts with the Chicago Dancemakers Forum (CDF), and also performed blue fish -reveal- in Tabito Arts Meeting Festival in Fukushima, Japan. Her recent group work The Incidents was selected for the Best of Dance 2014 in Chicago Tribune. Since 2010, Ayako has been an artist in residence at the Hamlin Park Fieldhouse Theater under Chicago Moving Company’s Dance Shelter Program.
www.artunionhumanscape.net

Reflecting upon her collaboration history with music in the past 20 years, Ayako will actualize a part (30 pages) of a 4000-page score stück 1998 written by Swiss Wandelweiser composer Manfred Werder through movement along with dancers, musicians, and a singer. Since the score is allowed to be performed only once, each day, Ayako will present different contents, seeking out what true independence and equality mean as a Japanese female artist. To bring audience mentally and emotionally bring into the rhythm of the work, each performance begins with an opening ceremony. Visit www.artunionhumanscape.net for more details.
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/