As the Crow Flies: dance improvisation performance

As the Crow Flies: dance improvisation performance

Selene Carter, Kent De Spain, Leslie Dworkin, Julia Mayer, Kora Radella, Chris Seibert

Fri, March 2, 2018

7:30 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL

$10 online, $15 door

Selene Carter curates an evening of her work with collaborators. As the Crow Flies features mid-western dance improvisers and performers. Former Chicagoan dancer Selene Carter presents her improvised score, "The Gorgeous Nothings", featuring Leslie Dworkin, Julia Mayer and Kora Radella. Also on the program, a new solo by Julia Mayer. Kora Radella and Chris Seibert perform a work-in progress excerpt of "Armor Amour" and Leslie Dworkin & Kent de Spain perform a duet and other works.

Selene Carter
Selene Carter
SELENE CARTER is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance at Indiana University, Bloomington where she teaches dance improvisation, 20th century concert dance history, movement analysis, technique and dance making. Her work integrates improvisation, site specific performance, interdisciplinary collaboration and re-configurations of historic dances. A certified instructor in the Bill Evan’s Laban/Bartenieff modern dance technique, she received Chicago’s highest honor for dance, the Ruth Page Award for her improvised dance performances. Her work was recently presented at the Indianapolis Art Museum, the Aronoff Center by the Contemporary Dance Theatre of Cincinnati, Ohio, at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater by Wild Space Dance Company, in the Regional Alternative Dance Festival (RADfest) in Kalamazoo, Michigan and the Breaking Ground Contemporary Dance & Film Festival, Tempe, Arizona. She was one of sixteen choreographers accepted in to the charter year of Doug Varone\'s Devices Intensive; a project that culminated in a festival of new dances at the Harkness Dance Center/92nd Street Y. Carter has an MFA in dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and was an active and grateful member of Chicago dance in her creative past.
Kent De Spain
KENT DE SPAIN is a movement and multimedia artist who has taught master classes and workshops in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America and is the recipient of several major grants including a Pew Fellowship in the Arts for Choreography. He is internationally recognized for his writing, documentation, and teaching in movement improvisation, including his book "Landscape of the Now: a topography of movement improvisation" (Oxford University Press 2014) his essay in the book "Taken by Surprise," his feature-length documentary film, A Moving Presence: Ruth Zaporah and Action Theater, and essays in Contact Quarterly, Choreographic Practices, and other journals.
Leslie Dworkin
LESLIE DWORKIN, MFA, is an independent dance artist who choreographs, teaches, and performs internationally, including residencies at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Joyce SoHo, Movement Research in NYC, Jacob’s Pillow, Performaìtica in Mexico, and WAVE RISING Dance Festival. Dworkin received this year’s Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in Choreography, has received funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a Djerassi Fellowship, Movement Research Exchange, IPAP in Philadelphia, and a 3-year residency in the Susan Hess Choreographers Project in Philadelphia. In addition to performing in the works of numerous independent artists, Leslie has performed in the choreographic works of Ralph Lemon, Maureen Fleming, Kei Takei, and as a member of the Melanie Stewart Dance Company, and the Leah Stein Dance Company. Leslie has an MFA in Choreography from Temple University, and has taught as a guest artist at UCLA, UNC/Greensboro, Oberlin College, University of Texas/Austin, and Ohio University. She is a certified yoga and qigong instructor, and maintains a private practice in central Ohio as a Trager bodywork practitioner.
Julia Mayer
Julia Mayer
Since 1990,JULIA MAYER has taught and choreographed, as faculty and guest artist, at colleges, universities and studios in Chicago and the Midwest and presented her work at innumerable Chicago venues. She has received several grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and was a 2007 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist. As an improviser, Julia draws on her studies with Deborah Hay and Simone Forti and her experiences collaborating with Selene Carter, Asimina Chremos, Julieann Graham, Ayako Kato, and Kathleen Maltese, among others. Additional influences include qi gong; jazz; fantasies of flying; and 17 years of motherhood. From 2006-2009, she hosted Coffee Dance at Links Hall, a groundbreaking series of Friday morning improvised performances that the Chicago Tribune called, “an evocative window into a dancer\'s inner life." In 2016, she was one of five dancers representing Links Hall in the ABC Project, a Links Hall/Constellation international exchange focusing on improvising musicians and dancers in the three cities: Amsterdam, Berlin, and Chicago.
Kora Radella
KORA RADELLA is a choreographer, dancer, and movement teacher. She is the choreographer and co-artistic director of Double-Edge Dance and BOOMERANG. Double-Edge Dance work has been performed in cities including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel, Berlin, Brussels, Cleveland, London, and New York City. BOOMERANG’s work has been presented in NYC in venues including Danspace Project, Judson Church, 92nd Street Y, Dixon Place, Center for Performance Research, and Roulette, as well as in Cleveland, Chicago, Grand Rapids, Miami, and Pittsburgh. Abroad, BOOMERANG has made premieres at the Arts Arena in Paris as well at the Berliner Festspiele in Berlin, at the invitation of renowned theater director Robert Wilson. Noted for her use of "awkward grace," Radella researches being on the edge of control, pushing both physical and psychological balances. Her honors include the Ineke Sluiter Prize for choreography in Amsterdam, a Belgian American Educational fellowship, and a 2014 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. Radella was an artist residency recipient at Yaddo in 2016 and at Lake Studios Berlin in 2015. Her primary teaching interests include contemporary dance technique via what she calls "riding resilience," improvisation, contact improvisation, and composition. She is also a certified yoga teacher (500RYT). Radella has a Kenyon College dance faculty position that allows her flexibility to create special projects, do commission work, and teach master classes nationally and internationally. For contact information see
Chris Seibert
CHRIS SEIBERT is an actor, writer, and director who creates original performance works in collaboration with professional and community artists. She is the creator of the solo performances Fa(r)ther and Split (directed by Ivana Bevacqua); the plays F*** Me Love Me Aphrodite (with Adam Seehozer and Darius Stubbs), Ancestra (with Holly Holsinger), Insomnia (with Holly Holsinger and Raymond Bobgan); and the muti-media solo performance Cut to Pieces (with Raymond Bobgan). Current projects include new works with experimental filmmaker Robert Banks and painter John Carlson, and long-time collaborator and choreographer Kora Radella. Chris’ work has garnered her recognition and support from the Ohio Arts Council (Arts Innovation and Arts Partnership), Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project (LA), Chicago C.A.A.P., and DirectorsLabChicago. Chris is a recipient of the Creative Workforce Fellowship, a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture funded by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. For over 15 years, Chris was a core artist on staff at Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT), where she served as Director of Education, director of Women\'s Voices, and director of the Student Theatre Enrichment Program - STEP - a internationally recognized theatre arts and job training program for low-income teens. At CPT, Chris facilitated the creation of original performances by immigrant and refugee youth, children in public housing, and homeless men and women in recovery from drug/alcohol addiction and mental health challenges. In 2015, Chris was selected to participate in the Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI), a program of the National Guild for Community Arts Education.
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618