Monday, October 31, 2005

Some upcoming shows...


I am performing (The Bee, Direction and the Driving Lesson) as a part of the three week series of car based performances at Links Hall next month called the Drive By performance series. It is curated by Seep and is bringing several performers into town for the show. Tix are limited (my piece only has three seats) so reserve your place.


Richard Curtis is performing some vocal works inspired by his trip to africa...

Richard Curtis presents:

HEMISPHERE, a live vocal performance accompanied by a
composition of field recordings. Based on his project
Voices of Heritage: Kenya, this presentation examines
the nature, and problematics, of cultural
appropriation, intellectual property, and
cross-cultural exchange. Exploring vocal techniques
based on those learned and recorded from the Maasai
during his project, Curtis attempts to fuse these
traditional utterances with his own.

Saturday, December 3, 8:00 PM

6ODUM, 2116 W. Chicago Avenue

$10/$8 students, seniors, and ESS members

also appearing: Laetita Sonami (Oakland), The
Appearance of Silence (the invention of perspective).

also, Asimina Chremos is presenting a D.C. based dancer at Links Hall next month:

silverspace dance presents
Washington DC-based artist Gesel Mason in

NO BOUNDARIES Dancing the Visions of Contemporary Black Choreographers

Links Hall, 3435 N Sheffield Ave (at Clark St), Chicago
November 11 & 12, 2005
Friday and Saturday, 8pm
Admission: $10
Reservations and information: 773-281-0824

Gesel Mason (Washington DC) is a marvelously fluent and commanding dancer, and her solo program illustrates how the aesthetic, cultural and spiritual concerns of today’s Black choreographers transcend stereotypes about American Black dance. Mason performs Jumping the Broom by David Rousseve, Bent by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Rain by Bebe Miller, and a new work she has choreographed herself. The program includes video documentation of conversations between Mason and the choreographers: relaxed, candid talks giving insight into the worldviews expressed in the work.

“Thought-provoking dancer-choreographer Gesel Mason…raises questions about the filtering of culture and identity through art, the changing nature and meaning of identity, and whether identity is important in appreciating a work of art. What is African American dance? What are African American stories?… strong, lucid and concise”-Washington Post


Additional program:
Chicago Dancemakers Forum presents
Dance, Culture and Artistic Authenticity

Links Hall (same as above)
November 12, 2005
Saturday 4pm-6pm
Admission: Free

Patrick Johnson of the Department of Performance Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern University leads a discussion with dance artists Gesel Mason, Asimina Chremos and James Morrow about the interweaving of artistic authenticity and cultural appropriation in contemporary dance performance. How is culture reflected in the artwork? How can you maintain an authentic voice while identifying and creating work as a multi-cultured American? This forum will engage artists and community members around the political implications of cultural identity and how performance also allows the fortunate space for boundary crossings and intercultural exchange to take place. RSVP to


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