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Co-MISSIONS WIP Series: Brandon Avery, Matthew Test

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Program for September 26
Brandon Avery and Matthew Test

Through our Co-MISSION program Links Hall offers Intensives, Residencies, and Fellowships that support 14-16 artistic projects annually. These programs incorporate a flexible range of resources, designed to meet the needs of artistic experimentation at different points in an artist's career, and different points in a project's development. This works-in-progress series features artists from all three programs on shared bills.

All Co-MISSIONs are supported by Links Hall's Commissioning Collective, a group of dedicated individuals committed to supporting direct-dollars-to-artists programs at Links Hall. The Commissioning Collective includes Anonymous, William Bein, Cheryl Lynn Bruce and Kerry James Marshall, Raj and Kristina Goel, Tracie D. Hall, Justine Jentes and Dan Kuruna, Khloé U. Karova, Maggie Kast, Jackie Kazarian and Peter Cunningham, Patricia Kronberg, Molly and Christopher Leonard, D. Soyini Madison, Susan Manning and Doug Doetsch, Trevor Martin and Parker Benton, Dina Merrell and Tim Hartford, Christopher Montiel, Anna Minkov, Matt and Emily Roben, Bette Rosenstein and John Brix, Doreen Sayegh, Claire Geall Sutton and Mark Sutton, Paul Teruel and Amber Da, Christy Uchida, Ronald Uchida and Laura Ahrens Uchida, Toshi Uchida and Doug Rainey, Jodi and Eliot Wickersheimer, and Karen Yates.

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Brandon Avery spent 12 years of self-instruction in urban dance technique until he joined ClearVision Dance Team in 2006. Avery took his first formal dance technique course at his alma mater, Knox College, and thereafter studied numerous dance techniques (e.g. classical ballet, modern, jazz, kick/pom/stunt, contemporary, bachata, flamenco, aerial fabric/sling) from artists and institutions such as Yanis Marshall, Dereque Whiturs of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Chicago Multicultural Dance School. Avery has performed with Ballethnic Dance Company, Red Clay Dance, Nejla Yatkin, Erica Mott, Shalamar, and MTV2. He has choreographed works for the Tha Pope and Red Clay Dance Youth Ensemble. Currently, he is a company apprentice for Ballethnic Dance Company, teacher at Ballethnic Academy of Dance, and founder/instructor of Hips & Heels by Brandon Avery™. Avery is a native South Holland, IL .

"What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" is a series works created and first performed in Spring 2013 at Knox College, intended as thematic choreographic translations to the best-selling novels written by the late E. Lynn Harris. Harris’ realistic fiction works detailed the various lifestyles of Black American men living "on the down low (DL)", how the lives of those closest to them are also affected, and miscellaneous social constructs in urban and rural America during the 1990s and 2000s. His bibliography also includes one memoir--which the choreographic series was eponymously titled after--that gives account to his days prior his success as an author, revealing his own trouble-to-triumph journey as a black gay American male.

Choreographer/Creator: Brandon Avery

Performed by: Brandon Avery, Julie Matolo, Reygan Johnson, Robyn Durham, Bryce Paraharm

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Matt Test is a Chicago-based composer, writer, and interdisciplinary sound artist whose work has been featured everywhere from living rooms and community gardens to Steppenwolf Theatre and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. As an ensemble member with the Curious Theatre Branch, one of the city's oldest fringe companies, he has created and/or helped devise a number of experimental operas, new music theatre works, and soundscapes that play in the spaces between surrealist thought games and structural absurdity. Matt holds a BA in Communication from UC San Diego, MFA in Creative Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently pursuingf an MA in Sound Arts and Industries from Northwestern University.

"Flukes" is a multidisciplinary opera and gallery Installation about whales, perspective, to-do lists, skeletal compression, decision-making and opera itself. Composed for live Instruments, interactive electronics, tape, movement and infinite narrators.

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