Bridge Dance Festival: CLUTCH w/ Working On Better Versions Of Prayers

Bridge Dance Festival: CLUTCH w/ Working On Better Versions Of Prayers

Darrell Jones, J'Sun Howard, Justin I. Mitchell, Damon Green, Willyum Labeija

Sun, April 29, 2018

3:00 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL

$12 - $15 Online, $17 Door

Bridge Dance Festival: CLUTCH w/ Working On Better Versions Of Prayers
Bridge Dance Festival: CLUTCH w/ Working On Better Versions Of Prayers
On April 28 & 29, choreographers and collaborators Darrell Jones and JSun Howard share a bill at the Bridge Dance Festival, presenting their respective 2018 works. JSun Howard's "Working On Better Versions of Prayers" is a poetic danced testimony to ​black boy joy, intimacy between men of color, and a building block of a future world for people of color. Inspired by Native American Chief Plenty Clouds's​ idea of "​radical hope,"​ “hope that it is directed toward a future goodness that transcends the current ability to understand what it is.” It is JSun's way of​ creating a contingency and employing imagination to survive ​the current​ political and social climate in our nation. About his work "CLUTCH", Darrell Jones explains: "This ensemble effort fuels my ongoing effort to name and embody what I am trying to do with this research. The terms have evolved, Vogue Aesthetics, (e)feminized ritual performance, Liberatory Practices… By structuring a series of these danced 'rites of passage' can we create counter-rituals of freedom and liberation in the body? There seems something inherently violent about this corporeal pursuit, that the grasp at this energy might have more severe consequences or more appropriately this type of wholeness is really only achieved as one cedes their physical existence. The scoring of CLUTCH was a type of container that allowed us to access the history of materials we have worked while acknowledging the reality mix of the moment. Bridge Dance Festival audiences can expect a 15-minute improvisation with the score of line, circle and cluster."
Darrell Jones
Darrell Jones
Darrell Jones has performed in the United States and abroad with a variety of companies such as Bebe Miller, Urban Bush Women, Ronald K. Brown, Min Tanaka, Ralph Lemon and KOKUMA DanceTheater. He has collaborated with choreographers (Angie Hauser, Jeremy Wade, Onye Ozuzu), writer (Cheryl Boyce-Taylor), musicians (Jessie Mano, Brian Schuler) and designer (Mawish Syed) in dance films, documentations and interactive multimedia installations. In addition to his collaborative work he continues to work in solo forms. Along with performing, Darrell has taught workshops and master classes in dance technique and compositional processes throughout the United States, South Africa, United Kingdom and South Korea. Darrell is presently a full-time faculty member at the Dance Center of Columbia College in Chicago.
J'Sun Howard
J'Sun Howard
J'Sun Howard is from Chattanooga, TN. A Chicago Dancemaker’s Forum grantee, 2014, his choreography has appeared at local venues Links Hall, Northwestern University, Sonotheque, Lincoln Square Theatre, Insight Arts/Center for New Possibilities, Epiphany Church, and Rumble Arts. In 2009, J'Sun was selected to be a LinkUp Residency to deepen his artistic practice at Links Hall and in 2010 he was granted the Julius Margolin "Youth in Labor" Award to protest at the gates of the School of Americas in Fort Benning, GA. He has also performed at Patrick\'s Cabaret (Minneapolis, MN), had work commissioned by the Chicago Academy School for the Arts, and been a sponsored artist at High Concept Laboratories. J’Sun has performed for many choreographers including Malcolm Jason Low, Asimina Chremos, Sara Wookey, Paige Cunningham, Selene Carter, but most extensively with collaborators Darrell Jones and Damon Green in their research of (e)feminized ritual performance, which received a 2013 Juried Bessie Award in support of Hoo-Ha (for your eyes only). His collaboration, Utopic Monster Theory, with poet Jennifer Karmin has been performed in exhibitions "I Can't Breathe" at ARC Gallery, "Law and Disorder" at Women Made Gallery, and Small Traffic Press's production of Poets Theater Festival (San Francisco, CA), and the IN>Time Performance Festival. His literary work can be read in the journals: Chicago IRL, Inkwell, Danspace’s Constellations and Influences, Garland Court Review, Storyglossia, 3rd Language, Bird's Thumb, and Manifold, The Body.
Justin I. Mitchell
Justin I. Mitchell
Justin I. Mitchell is a Chicago-based DJ and multimedia artist, performing under the moniker "Hijo Pródigo". The sound Mitchell cultivates through their DJ work spans sub-cultural club music movements found across the world, experimenting with dissonance, disparity and aggression while exploring themes of excess, chaos, destruction, redemption, and rebirth. Mitchell is currently working on music production with Chicago-born/New York-based, indie record label #FUTUREHOOD, as well as soundtracking various film and television projects.

ignatius.mitchell@gmail.com
Damon Green
Damon Green
Damon D. Green is a Chicago-based dance artist and founder of TEXTUREDance Studio, an urban dance school located on Chicago's northside. It is here, Green spreads his passion for the art of dance, educating new emerging dance forms developing in the community today. Green is a prominent contemporary performer in the Chicagoland area and has proven his loyalty in the community, holding his presence with the critically acclaimed dance company "The SELDOMS" for 6 years, led by Artistic Director and Dance educator Carrie Hanson. Green has also become enamored with the dance form Vogueing and is continuing to explore and perform this form, in its fusion with contemporary vocabulary, alongside Associate Professor of Dance and 2013 Bessie Award winner, Darrell Jones. Green has traveled abroad, performing in Russia, Taiwan and Canada and introduced Vogueing to Canadian and Russian students as a master teacher at such festivals as "The Isadora International Festival of Contemporary Dance" and "The World Dance Alliance Conference Festival.” Back in 2010, Timeout Chicago rated Green as one of the "Top 10 Men of Dance".
Willyum Labeija
Willyum Labeija
Willyum LaBeija is member of the Royal House of LaBeija since 2011. Graduated from American Military University with a BS in Biology, BA in Music Education. Served in the Army four years active and two years Army Reserves. While serving I was selected for the MWR Army Soldier Show and completed 2 world tours as the dance captain. Currently I teach USA Gymnastics, Competitive/Recreational dance, all star cheerleading, and ninja zone. When I'm not teaching or performing I coach for the Miss America organization, Miss World America organization, core background actor, and work at Russian Pointe. I've taught at Brown University and Harvard
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/