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I Am (Not) This Body

Winifred Haun & Dancers
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3111 N. Western Ave

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Winifred Haun & Dancers will present four works-in-progress and an re-imagined version of the acclaimed work I Am (Not) This Body.

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Winifred Haun & Dancers will present four works-in-progress and an re-imagined version of the acclaimed work I Am (Not) This Body. Company choreographers for the four works-in-progress are Solomon Bowser, Ariel Dorsey, Winifred Haun, and Summer Smith. Performers include Dexter Bishop, Solomon Bowser, Ariel Dorsey, Michael Gee, Talia Koylass, Amanda Milligan, Summer Smith, and Jasmin Williams .

I Am (Not) This Body (IANTB) premiered in the fall of 2018 to great audience and critical acclaim. The premiere was a first time collaboration between Artistic Director, Winifred Haun, and Assistant Artistic Director, Solomon Bowser. For this Links Hall event the Company will invite other artists to create new work that will be presented under the umbrella of IANTB.

IANTB explores how we view "different" bodies (the bodies of women, children, and people of color), and how those bodies and the humans inside them seem to be invisible or to have less value.

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Thank you to our donors! Winifred Haun & Dancers is generously supported, in part, by the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the International Connections Fund at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Oak Park Area Arts Council, in partnership with the Village of Oak Park, the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Lou Conte Dance Studio at the Hubbard St. Dance Center, Historic Pleasant Home, Legere Dance Center, Principle Dance of Forest Park, DonorPath Capacity Building Fund, Audience Architects, Voice of the City, a multi-arts organization and over 100 individuals.

Our 2018-19 season is also supported by members of Wini's Circle, a group of dedicated individuals who support the Company through major giving.

Company Bio / Info:

Winifred Haun & Dancers was founded in Chicago in the 1990’s by award winning choreographer and dancer, Winifred Haun. In 2001, the Company went on hiatus for several years while Ms. Haun raised her young children. The Company re-located to Oak Park in 2006. In the two decades since its founding, the Company has garnered numerous awards and accolades, including features in the Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, WTTW-TV (PBS), and WBEZ (NPR) Radio. The Company has also received Critic’s Choice awards from the Chicago Reader, and TimeOut Chicago, and reviews and articles at NewCity.com, Madison.com, 4dancers.org, RogueBallerina.com, and others.

In 2000, the Company received the Ruth Page Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Dance in Chicago” for initiating and producing Chicago’s NEXT Dance Festival, which grew to be the midwest’s largest dance festival for the new work of Chicago area artists. In 2009, the Company was selected to receive the Oak Park Area Arts Council’s prestigious “Best in Class” Award and in 2014, the Company was chosen to present Vision, Faith & Desire: Dancemakers Inspired by Martha Graham at the Pritzker Pavilion and at Pleasant Home. In 2015, the Company received an award from the MacArthur Foundation for an international artistic collaboration with Emma Serjeant, “Trashed.”

The mission of Winifred Haun & Dancers is to create and produce the dance works of Ms. Haun and other midwest artists and to make those works available to the widest possible audience. Part of the Company’s artistic vision is to have dance viewed not only in the context of professional presentation, but also at the community level and in non-traditional performance venues.

Performer Bios / Info:

Dexter Bishop (Company Dancer) Dexter hails from Clinton, Mississippi where he received his early training under Jennifer Beasley, Artistic Director of Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet. Mr. Bishop joined Missouri Ballet Theatre (MBT) in 2010 after graduating from Oklahoma City University with a B.A. in Dance Performance. He has also performed in Bird Cage, Spring to Summer, Upstaging, Masquerade, Opus 18, St. Louis Swing and LAPse Dance. Dexter joined Winifred Haun & Dancers in the fall of 2017.

Solomon Bowser (Assistant Artistic Director, Company Dancer) grew up in Stone Mountain, GA where he trained at DeKalb School of the Arts and Phusion Performing Arts Center. He moved to Chicago 2010, and in 2013, he graduated from the Dance Center of Columbia College with B.A. degree. Solomon was selected to represent the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago at the 32nd Annual Black College Dance Exchange at Chicago State University. He served as Program Manager at the American Rhythm Center from 2013 to 2018. Solomon has performed with Chance The Rapper, Ground Rhythm Dance Project and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater. He has also performed with Momenta Dance Company, Kalapriya Center and Barrington Dance Ensemble. Solomon is currently performing with J’Sun Howard and Motion/Pictures Dance Project. He has just completed a 2018 Residency at Links Hall as a part of their Co-Mission Residency Program. Solomon joined WH&D in 2013 and was named Assistant Artistic Director in 2017.

Ariel M. Dorsey (Assistant Choreographer, Company Dancer) is a native of Chicago, she began dancing at age 7 at Premier One Dance Academ). She began her professional dance training at Chicago Academy for the Arts under the direction of Anna Paskevska and Randy Duncan. Ariel went on to further her dance studies at SUNY Purchase College in New York where she graduated with a BFA in dance. While at SUNY-Purchase, she worked with Nelly Van Bommel, Pam Tanowitz, Jonathan Alsberry, and Ori Flormen. Ariel also dances with Moon Water Dance Project and she performed in the Jeff nominated “Memphis” with Porchlight Music Theatre. She has danced with Winifred Haun and Dancers since 2013.

Michael Gee (Company Dancer) is originally from Tennessee. He moved to Chicago six years ago after graduating from Western Kentucky University. He joined Innervation Dance Cooperative in 2012 and Winifred Haun & Dancers in 2014.

Deb Goodman (Rehearsal Director) began her dance training at Northern Illinois University under the guidance of Randall Newsome. In 1990, she moved to New York to study at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance where she received a full scholarship and took part in the reconstruction of Ms. Graham’s original work, “Sketches from Chronicle”. From 1998-2005, Deborah worked with Yuriko as her assistant and demonstrator. In 2006, Deborah moved back to Chicago where she danced for MOMENTA for 10 years. Deb is currently a modern dance instructor at Loyola University and the Chicago Academy for the Arts. She was appointed Rehearsal Director in 2015.

Talia Koylass (Company Dancer), a Chicago native, graduated from The Ailey School/Fordham University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Visual Arts in 2017. She has attended summer programs at San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Impulstanz and Dance Italia and has performed works by Hope Boykin, Ohad Naharin, Bobbi Jene Smith, Stephanie Batten Bland and Chistopher Huggins as well as for recording artists Cashmere Cat, Leaf, and DJ Chante Linwood. Talia is also a current a Co-Mission Resident Artist at Links Hall. She joined WH&D in 2017.

Amanda Milligan (Company Dancer) attended the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music where she received her BFA in Ballet Performance. Her previous professional experience includes participation in the Dallas tour of Jeanne Mam-lufts’ Pieces (2012), guest artist and choreographer for the Performance Time Arts series at Cincinnati's Contemporary Dance Theater(2010-2014) and most recently Dance Kaleidoscope (2014-2017) based in Indianapolis, IN. Mandy joined WH&D in the fall of 2017.

Summer Smith (Assistant Choreographer, Company Dancer) grew up in South Jersey, where she began dancing at a young age. Summer began her professional dance training in high school at The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia. During this time, she received scholarships to study at Orlando Ballet, Ballet Met, and in New York, at American Ballet Theatre. Summer attended The University of the Arts where she received her BFA in Dance and Painting with honors. After college, she went on to dance with Chicago’s Ballet 5:8 where she served as a Company Artist, and the production designer. This is her second season with Winifred Haun & Dancers.

Jasmin Williams (Company Dancer) is a multi-faceted native Chicagoan who has trained, worked and lived in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and throughout Western Europe. She’s attended programs with Dance Theater of Harlem, Dance Italia and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Jasmin has choreographed for recording and Grammy Award winning artists Cashmere Cat, Chance the Rapper, and Jamila Woods. She also dances for Banks Performance Project and is currently rehearsal director for Motion/ Pictures Dance. Jasmin has a performance residency at Link’s Hall this winter, where she will present her first evening length work.

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