Co-MISSIONS Festival of New Work: FEST PASS

Co-MISSIONS Festival of New Work: FEST PASS

A.J. McClenon, Nora Sharp, Sojourner Zenobia, Courtney Mackedanz

Thu, May 31, 2018 - Sun, June 3, 2018

7:00 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL

$25

Come see all four works for this year's Festival of New Works, on whichever nights you choose for only $25

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
Nora Sharp’s work draws on layered history and training as a musician, writer, organizer, teacher, capoeirista, dancer, choreographer, and occasional emcee, and reflects lived experience as a queer white Chicagoan. Nora has been an artist in residence at High Concept Labs as part of Vaudeo Motion and has performed with and for Ayako Kato, Jane Jerardi, Kirsten Leenaars, and The Inconvenience, among others. Nora trains capoeira angola with FICA Chicago and organizes Research Project, an artist-centered quarterly works-in-progress performance series. Nora holds a BA from Oberlin College.

Over the course of the Co-MISSION Residency, Nora will develop Small Boobs, a performance solo that attempts to reveal and unravel intertwined mythology around straightness, femaleness, and romantic love. Small Boobs excavates personal history, critical theory, and pop music for insights into the impact of normative narratives and possibilities for queer re-visioning.
Sojourner Zenobia
Sojourner Zenobia
Sojourner Zenobia collaborates with the unseen to create spaces for those of us in bodies to meet our deepest truths. Nature, Ancestors, Goddesses and Transformation are her muses.

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. Sojourner weaves together these trainings to present raw and magnetizing solo and ensemble works.

During their Co-MISSION Residency Sojourner will construct a participatory ritual performance exploring femininities through ancestral lineage, identity and feminine principles titled “Femme-Body”. This work celebrates and centers the magic of queer femme identities of color while holding space for the audience to embody feminine principles as an alternative medicine to oppressive hyper-masculinity
Courtney Mackedanz
Courtney Mackedanz
Courtney Mackedanz is a movement-based performance artist whose material playfully builds and critically disassembles itself, all at once. Her choreography examines bodily meaning, circumvents unchecked momentum, and approaches the mitigation of potential damage through an embrace of uncertainty. Mackedanz earned her BFA in Performance & Visual Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013, and has since presented work in Chicago, Montreal, New York, and Shanghai.

Recently, Mackedanz has been mining archival footage of female American pole vaulters in Olympic competition.This watching is less for an interest in sport-but rather a curiosity for the poetic friction between the absurd task of pole vaulting and the precarity of this American reality. During her Co-MISSION Residency at Links Hall, Mackedanz will create a performance that problematizes hyper-verticality while measuring the incongruence between time spent in ascent and time salvaged before collapse. Mackedanz will examine these questions while also envisioning ways in which to choreograph care into an imminent fall.
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/