LinkUp Showcase (Mar 30 - Apr 1)
Friday, March 30, 2012 at 8:00 PM - Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 10:00 PM (CDT)
Chicago, United States
Limmted Tickets available at the door.
Fri & Sat at 8pm / Sun at 7pm
Under the Roses by Joshua Kent
Mystical Bootcamp is a ritual performance journey into the vortex. Inspired by shamanism, Mary Wigman, magic, animals, the Occupy movement, Kazuo Ohno, calisthenics of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Yvonne Rainer, and biodynamic agriculture, we investigate how creating a performance can be an act of healing. We invite the audience into a shamanistic complex in which audience, performers, and performance space together create a field of magic. Sara will lecture on biodynamic preparations. Aurora will conduct a dance of American nationalism. Bryan will become a crow and Charlie will create sonic vibrations. With dance, masks, and ritual drama as our tools, we invoke a transformation.
Under the Roses is an image-based performance, which seeks to exist in a place unknown to itself, while simultaneously laying itself bare. Drawing upon the stylized movement vocabularies of ballet, yoga, and professional athletics, the piece is performed by a body unformed by the rigorous training these disciplines require. Thus the work becomes weighted by desire, without release of sublimation. It is a hand outstretched. Though layered with text, both original and appropriated, the work strives to exist without previously mediated notions of language and experience. These contradictions, or perhaps impossibilities are where the work resides. Seeking to encounter something outside itself, moving with an aching slowness and an urgency which borders on terrifying, Under the Roses reaches for transcendence, lifting its heft with delicacy and force.
The Lisa Dershin LinkUP Residency program supports independent artists and collaborations in the research of ideas and development of new innovative work in their movement based practices. The six-month residency program annually gives four emerging artists free weekly studio time and a fully produced showcase to perform their work; a stipend to support their endeavors; a paid mentor and peer support/feedback with work-in-progress events.
For more information visit: http://linkshall.org/o-linkup.shtml
Links Hall encourages artistic innovation and public engagement by maintaining a facility and providing flexible programming for the research, development and presentation of new work in the performing arts.
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