Photo: Rossi Dimitrova
By Sharon Hoyer
Since the advent of the nuclear family and the relegation of our nation’s elderly to nursing homes, we rarely see multiple generations in the same room, much less on the same stage. In “We Hope, Conspire,” Annie Rudnik engages a primarily invisible population. The conspirators: a combined ensemble of non-professional dancers ranging in age from seventeen to late-thirties and residents of Norwood Crossing senior assisted-living home. Performances span three weekends: the last two at Norwood Crossing and this upcoming weekend at the new Links Hall. The change of venue will surely affect the feel of the show, but Rudnik has, without a doubt, created a piece unlike anything you’ve seen. One performer said that being on stage and being in the audience are exactly the same experience. And that experience is tremendously tender, authentic and humane. Rudnik talked about the piece before last Sunday’s performance. Read the rest of this entry »
Core Project Chicago, a multidisciplinary performance and arts outreach collective, teams with Links Hall to present three evenings of dance work by female artists. The presentation is the first by the Core Project folks as part of an apprentice producer program sponsored by Links.
Apprentice Producer Maria Parise has put together a program of short works not only by Core Project choreographers, but some of their regular collaborators as well, including a premiere by Same Planet Different World artistic director Joanna Rosenthal and a multimedia piece by Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble director Ellyzabeth Adler. Read the rest of this entry »
Photo courtesy John Sisson Photography
By Sharon Hoyer
“In this day of YouTube and mediated ways of having engagement and interaction, I feel it’s very important to have human-to-human direct experience in the same space,” says Nicole LeGette, founder of blushing poppy productions. “There’s something that situation enables that’s not possible through a mediated technology. That’s one thing with my performance work—it works a lot with energy and with how to activate the imagination and the invisible space. Those things are very difficult to translate in video. It’s about the live, shared experience between performer and audience in a very visceral and I think very human way.” Read the rest of this entry »
Photo credit: Daniel R. James
Dance makers from New York, San Francisco and Chicago release the reins and remix each other’s work in three nights of performances at Links Hall. New York-based experimental mover Julie Mayo and Madison/Chicago-based Kate Corby—both Links Hall Artistic Associates—invited a handful of choreographers to form creative wrecking crews, surrendering their finished pieces to their colleagues and dancing under their direction. Read the rest of this entry »
A high wind in North Dakota forced Michael Estanich to pull off the highway and videotape the play of prairie grass that “looked like the ocean.” This is the inspiration for RE|Dance’s “Inhabitants of Tall Grass,” an austere trio of great beauty and tenderness. Midwest ancestral blood should stir at the horizontal extensions, the graceful and severe lines—planes on plains—evoking images of broad expanses under vast skies. Read the rest of this entry »
Lauren Warnecke/ Photo: Savage Rose Photography
Enid Smith takes inspiration from oil paintings by Chicago artist Andrew Rauhauser for her new piece, entitled “Pier.” Rauhauser’s beautiful and quietly menacing series of paintings depicting ice formations, rocky outcroppings, steel grey waves and frozen pilings along the North Shore inspired Smith to create an interpretation of Chicago winter in late August—a chilly reminder of the season past and to come. Warnecke—Performing Arts Coordinator at the Menomonee Club for Boys and Girls and collaborator/grant writer for Synapse Arts—wrestles with definitions of artistic success in “Grind,” Read the rest of this entry »
Here’s the press release from Links Hall:
Links Hall Announces its Fall 2011 Performance Series.
Chicago, IL – Links Hall is pleased to announce its Fall 2011 performance series featuring works from many returning artists, as well as new presentations from up and coming artists. Nasty Brutish & Short, presented by Links Hall and curated by Seth Bockley and Julia Miller returns for two more performances after a successful run in the Winter 2011 season. The Striding Lion Performance Group premiers their latest works in November, featuring a collaborative effort with another Chicago dance, theatre, or performing artist each night, culminating in a unique program for every audience. Links Hall’s 2011 Lisa Dershin LinkUP Artists Justin Cabrillos and Ni’Ja Whitson debut their brand new works in September as a result of a six-month residency at Links Hall, a highly anticipated performance. As we close out the year, December brings an annual favorite, the Winter Solstice Percussion Concerts, playing for their 21st year at dawn. For more information call 773.281.0824, or purchase tickets online at www.LinksHall.org. Read the rest of this entry »
Nancy Stark Smith: "Exactness of Weights of Feeling Kuva"/Photo Raisa Kyllikki Karjalainen
A new week-long festival celebrating the creation of art in the moment firmly establishes Chicago as a thriving center of vital, groundbreaking dance. Presented jointly by the Dance Center of Columbia College and Links Hall, the fest pulls national and local artists together to teach, perform, lecture and discuss in venues across the city. Highlights include contact improvisation workshops with veteran Nancy Stark Smith, a performance and a workshop by Bebe Miller, an artist talk and performance inspired by the sculptural installations in Mies van der Rohe’s Crown Hall at IIT, and a free improv jam in Grant Park, timed to get the city amped for SummerDance. The fest also quite rightly takes ongoing musicians-meet-dancers improv series “Collision Theory” under the umbrella. Individual tickets to events are available; fest passes get you in to three, four or five performances and discounts on workshops. (Sharon Hoyer)
June 12-June 19. For information, call (773)281-0824 or visit linkshall.org/DanceImprovFest.shtml. To register for workshops or purchase tickets, call (312)369-8330.
Photo: William Frederking
The members of Margi Cole’s all-female company again take turns directing one another with the return of “COLEctive Notions,” what looks to become an annual evening of new, short works by the Dance COLEctive’s nascent choreographers. Cole has provided an opportunity for the COLEctive to create, direct and critique as peers, and the resources to present their labors for a weekend at Links Hall. Maggie Koller returns with ruminations on love, fear and emotional baggage; Alaina Murray makes her choreographic debut with a piece on life changes and tough decisions; and Molly Grimm-Leasure lucid-dreams the answers to those questions, with a nod to the power of the subconscious. New works by Jessica Post, Kaitlin Bishop and Olivia May are also on the program. (Sharon Hoyer)
At Links Hall, 3435 North Sheffield, (773)281-0824. June 3-5, Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 7pm. $18.
Photo: Nikki Johnson
Jeremy Bloom is singing the body electric—(almost) literally. The Northwestern alum and Drama League Directing Fellow has gathered more than twenty intrepid performers to “rhythmically chant” Walt Whitman’s greatest hits in the buff this Friday onstage at Links Hall in the Chicago premiere of “Leaves of Grass.”
A fan since high school, Bloom was inspired to put the granddaddy of American free verse onstage when he realized that Whitman’s ultra-famous “Song of Myself” “is a series of instructions to the reader.” “He commands: ‘Undrape: you are not guilty to me,’ and ‘The man’s body is sacred, the woman’s body is sacred,’” and so, Bloom explains, “it became clear that some sort of scene in a play of these poems would have to be a celebratory naked celebration.” Read the rest of this entry »