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FELLOWSHIP TWOFER: Silvita Diaz Brown and Meida Teresa McNeal

Co-MISSION Fellowship Presentation

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Silvita Diaz Brown, Meida Teresa McNeal

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Links Hall

3111 N. Western Ave

Chicago, IL 60618

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Culminating showcase of new work by Links Hall's 2019 Co-MISSION Fellowship Artists: Silvita Diaz Brown and Meida Teresa McNeal

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The Co-MISSION Fellowship Showcase offers two weekends of performances by the two artists awarded the Co-MISSION Fellowship by Links Hall's Programing committee. This TWOFER TICKET allows you to pick your nights and see both shows!

This year's showcase features our 2019 Fellowship Artists - Silvita Diaz Brown (June 21& 23; June 27 & 29) and Meida Teresa McNeal (June 20 & 22; June 28 & 30)- who were awarded 6 months of dollar, space, and development support by Links Hall beginning in January.

Co-MISSION Fellows are selected annually. These commissions are granted to individual artists who are Chicago based and have received significant awards, residencies and/or accolades for their creative work over the course of their careers.

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Silvita Diaz Brown | Leyendas y Realidades

Silvita explains: "The research for my Links Hall Fellowship is to delve into the teachings of my Mexican heritage, history, and mythology to create a new dance work: Leyendas y Realidades ("Legends and Realities") . Leyendas y Realidades will celebrate both my Mexican heritage and my adopted country to awaken insights about gender equality, female strength and social justice through facts and legends from the conquest of the Aztec empire by the Spanish. Specifically, I am using the story of La Malinche (a storied and mythologized Nahua woman from the Mexican Gulf Coast. She played a key role in the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire as interpreter, adviser and mediator to Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés. Although for long time Malinche was consider a traitor to her people; as historians have analyze her life ans circunstances we consider her now the Mother of Modern Mexico: Mexico Mestizo the blend of two cultures).

This work will be comprised of dance vignettes that will capture the essence of the myths and historic events to manifest current matters in our system with a touch of mysticism and Mexican folklore. Six performers will portray figures of legendary women, men, goddesses, and gods from Mesoamerica 1500 BC (modern Mexico today). The work will incorporate text, video projection, costume, makeup, and original music.

Choreography/direction: Silvita Diaz Brown

Dancers: Christopher Knowlton as Hernan Cortes, Dylan Roth as God of War Huitzilopochtli , Tess Collins as Mother Earth Tonantzin/virgen Guadalupe, Juan Enrique Irizarry as Moctezuma II, Ileana Nadine Mauricio as Princess Papatzin and Silvita Diaz Brown as La Malinche.

Text and Dramaturgy: Lani Montreal

Video screens: Alexandra Yasinovsky

Original music composition: Wiebe Dirk Ophorst, incorporating “Virgen Esclava” music piece from the 1960’s Mexican composer Victor Manuel Aguilera Bastida (deceased.)

Costumes: Elizabeth Collins

Makeup: Ariel Arvis

Silvita Diaz Brown is a Mexican/American choreographer, dancer, acrobat, movement teacher and yoga instructor established in Chicago since 2008, She holds a BFA in Dance from Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP) Mexico, and an MFA in Theatre/Movement from York University, Canada. She is the founder of Sildance/AcroDanza Company. Her work interlaces dance imagery, partner acrobatics, ritual gesture and spoken word. Her work investigates the self by exploring her own roots, desires and fears and how they relate to our existing world and our communities and social issues. Silvita is passionate about creating dances that are based on life's journey experiences. Her work attempts to reach all as evolving beings. Silvita has been privileged to work with diverse communities of artists internationally. Her choreography has been presented at various venues and festivals in Spain, Delhi, Toronto, Chicago, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and various locations in Mexico; including Puebla and Mexico City. “Leyendas y Realidades” has been invited to be presented in Uruguay and Mexico after our premiere in Chicago. Diaz Brown is very excited and grateful to be part of Links Hall through the Links Hall artists Co-Mission Fellowship 2018-2019 and be supported by DCASE 2019 Individual Artist Program (IAP) grant for her project Leyendas Y Realidades.

*This project is partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Meida Teresa McNeal | Fifth City revisited/Imaginal Politics embodied

In homage to her parents and Chicago’s Westside, McNeal charts new ground with a solo performance work, Fifth City revisited/Imaginal Politics embodied . An ambitious community redevelopment process for Chicago's Westside, the Fifth City Human Development Project incorporated educational curriculum, economic development, skill training, creativity, and community investment. Fifth City presented a powerful model for local citizens reimagining their own community and working together to manifest a new vision to bring a higher quality of life for all. What can we draw from the historic example of Fifth City’s ambitious plan to rebuild a Westside community using the available archive as both a blueprint and evidence of a failed experiment in community transformation? What moments of ingenious community design can we draw from Fifth City to imagine community revitalization and mobilization for our 21st century reality? Drawing on annual reports, business directories, curriculum, as well as oral histories, this project invites people to consider Fifth City’s plans, symbols, and rituals for community transformation as part of an active creative community process culminating in an evening-length performance with an accompanying installation co-created with Vitaliy Vladimirov.

Meida Teresa McNeal is an Independent Artist, Educator, Administrator, and Scholar whose work lay at the intersection of performance studies, dance and critical ethnography. She received her PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and her MFA in Choreography & Dance History from Ohio State University. Meida is the Director of Honey Pot Performance, an Afro-feminist collective dedicated to critical performance & public humanities. Over the past two decades, Meida has produced numerous creative projects as both a solo artist and with Honey Pot Performance, with works performed in Illinois, Rhode Island, Ohio, California, and Trinidad. She has taught courses in dance, critical performance ethnography, and black diasporic cultural production at Northwestern University, Brown University, Governors State, and Columbia College Chicago. Meida also works with the Chicago Park District as Arts & Culture Manager supporting community arts partnerships, youth arts, cultural stewardship, and civic engagement initiatives across the city’s parks and cultural centers.

Vitaliy Vladimirov is an urban planner & artist who works to educate the public about how the built environment shapes our lives. Outside of his consulting work with municipalities, city agencies, and nonprofits he designs walking tours, zines, and pop-up experiences to help envision cities that can be healthy, vibrant, and just. Vitaliy also often speaks to middle & high school students about urban planning and loves exploring both Chicago’s many neighborhoods & new cities.

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All Co-MISSIONs are supported by Links Hall's Commissioning Collective, a small 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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