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2019 Co-MISSION Festival of New Works: Jasmine Mendoza, Paul Scudder

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Co-MISSION three-month resident artists share the works they have developed at Links Hall in a four-night, shared bill festival format.

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Co-MISSION three-month resident artists share the works they have developed at Links Hall in a four-night, shared bill festival format. See this year's festival lineup below:

12/5 - Tuli Bera/Jasmine Mendoza

12/6 - Jasmine Mendoza/Paul Scudder

12/7 - Tuli Bera/Elijah Motley

12/8 - Elijah Motley/Paul Scudder

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Tuli Bera | "Bengali Mei"

Tuli Bera is a Bengali-American movement artist based in Chicago. She currently dances with Project Ishti under the direction of Preeti Veerlapati and Kinnari Vora. She is an apprentice with Aerial Dance Chicago's professional company and works as the school's Program Coordinator. Bera also helps run the J e l l o Performance Series housed by Links Hall and Elastic Arts.

"Bengali Mei" is dedicated to acknowledging, exploring and understanding the experience of inhabiting the body of an [immigrant] / [first-generation American], specifically one of [South-Asian] / [Indian] descent living in the United States of America.

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Jasmine Mendoza | "in the darkness she laid to rest"

Jasmine Mendoza is a Mexican-American dancer, performer, choreographer and yoga teacher who is interested in exploring the roots and origin of her ancestors through time, environment, spiritual and ritualistic practices. Her movement practice stems from a place that is heavily driven by imagery, nature, curiosity and play. Since 2016, she has been an ensemble member with the large scale improvised performance project, The Instigation Orchestra and the Diasporas. Jasmine has presented work and performed at Links Hall, Constellation, Elastic Arts, Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans, Experimental Sound Studio, Comfort Station, Chicago Art Department, Music Box Village of New Orleans, and more. Jasmine is currently working on upcoming projects with Lia Kohl, Ayako Kato, Kim Alpert, Martine Whitehead, Brielle Brilliant and Kioto Aoki.

"in the darkness she laid to rest" will investigate the artist's physical connection to the high deserts of New Mexico. On the heels of a summer residency in Carrizozo, where she will transform and extend her human form to become elemental: of mountains, wind, and the sand beneath her feet, Mendoza's CoMISSION project will connect her desert investigations to the Chicago dance community. In residency at Links she will explore how to externally express the desert's impact on the body and discover how her work in Carrizozo and her ideas from the great outdoors can be translated into a more traditional dance space.

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Elijah Motley | TBA

Elijah Motley, mostly known as Eli, started his dance career at Old Dominion University his sophomore year while earning a degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering. He performed for the University Theatre for four years and three years as student choreographer. He studied House Dance, Breakdancing, Popping, and Krump with Baila Fusion Dance Company in Virginia Beach for two seasons. In 2016, he studied contemporary modern dance with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel and Gaga under Ohad Naharin and select Batsheva Ensemble in 2017. Today, he is in his third season as a company dancer for Chicago Dance Crash as well as a freelance performer/choreographer in the Chicago area. While finishing his residency at Volta Performing Arts, Eli also teaches hip-hop at various studios and yoga through his recent certification.

During his residency, Motley will be exploring how to create a space that chronologicals movement patterns and disassociate itself with time through an evening length solo performance. The performer that can keep intention and hold attention is unique and the ability to do so can warp the audience's perspective of time. In order to unpack this effect Motley will explore how different ranges of movement effect the audience member's sense of time thought moments of engagement and disengagement. With the different dance and movement styles Motley has studied he will experiment with how to control the performance time frame creating a viewership experience for each audience member that is of their own making.

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Paul Scudder | "2000m"

Paul Scudder is a performer and composer in Chicago.

"2000m" is a song cycle using text from Sappho, Emily Dickinson, and Vaslav Nijinksy to create a meditation on queer identity. The legacy of these three historical figures each has a contentious relationship with queerness, an ever-shifting discord between facts, hearsay and contemporary values. '2000m' manifests ambiguities and questions surrounding this trio using instrumental and vocal music combined with dance to invite dialogue for and about queer folx.

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All Co-MISSIONs are supported by Links Hall's Commissioning Collective, a group of dedicated individuals committed to supporting the creation of excellent, inspiring new works of performing arts in Chicago. Links Hall's Commissioning Collective includes Anonymous, Lauri Alpern, William Bein, Nancy Fox and Kenneth Schmidt, Justine Jentes and Dan Kuruna, Maggie Kast, Susan Manning and Doug Doetsch, Julia Mayer, Dina Merrell and Tim Hartford, Anna Minkov, Bette Rosenstein and John Brix, Ronald Uchida and Laura Ahrens Uchida, Toshi Uchida and Doug Rainey, PK Vanderbeke, Foster Wattles, Jodi and Eliot Wickersheimer, and Jean and Steve Wilson.

Links Hall's institutional supporters include Alphawood Foundation, Allstate Insurance Companies, Arts Midwest Touring Fund, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Boeing Company, Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Illinois Arts Council, a State Agency, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Martha Struthers Farley and Donald C. Farley, Jr. Family Foundation, McCormick Foundation, MidAtlantic Arts Foundation, National Performance Network, New England Foundation for the Arts, Puppet Slam Network and The Weasel Fund. Links Hall is one of fourteen recipients of the 2016 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

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