Bridge Dance Festival

April 6 – May 6, 2018

Bridge Dance Festival is the culmination of four years of Japanese-focused programming at Links Hall, including the National Performance Network Asian Exchange, Beyond the Box, and Links to Japan. It features Links Hall co-commissioned works by Kaori Seki (Tokyo) and Darrell Jones (Chicago), and Co-MISSION Fellow J’Sun Howard (Chicago); and it reengages Chicago-based Kabuki artist Rika Lin’s Beyond the Box series, which melds traditional forms with innovative experiments. The festival also features two international touring works, 100 Light Years of Solitude and Enmei (Long Life) who are coming to Links Hall in partnership with Butoh Chicago and Sara Zalek and the University of Arizona respectively.

 

Through the Bridge Dance Festival we hope to demonstrate a fierce love of and respect for international cultural exchange and connection. In the face of rising US nationalism and the aggressive political reality we find ourselves in, we want to make a home for global connections that are inspired and supported by mutual respect for both cultural similarities and differences.

 

Each of the works in the Bridge Dance Festival turns to the the wisdom of the body to dispel fears: fears of getting order, of personal loss, of solitude, of oppression, of rigidly defined gender roles, and cultural divides. These works each respond to fear and adversity with strength and love demonstrating the shared humanity that can drive all of us, if we will let it, to build strong bonds across cultures.

Festival Schedule

  • Friday, April 6, 7PM

    Enmei (Long Life) | A Dance and Aging Project
    With:

    Masako Kitaura, Kei Takei, Kotoka Suzuki, Laz Brezer, Mary Fitzgerald, Eileen Standley, and Rose Weitz

  • Saturday, April 7, 7PM

    Enmei (Long Life) | A Dance and Aging Project
    With:

    Masako Kitaura, Kei Takei, Kotoka Suzuki, Laz Brezer, Mary Fitzgerald, Eileen Standley, Rose Weitz

  • Thursday April 19 - Sunday April 22 @ Japanese Culture Center

    Yumiko Yoshioka Workshops: Body Resonance

    For full information on the workshops, visit Butoh Chicago.

  • Wednesday, April 25, 7PM

    100 Light Years of Solitude
    With:

    Yumiko Yoshioka

  • Friday, April 27, 7PM

    Kaori Seki Co. | PUNCTUMUN’s “water and tears”
    With:

    Kaori Seki and Masashi Koyama

  • Saturday, April 28, 3PM

    CLUTCH (excerpt)
    With:

    Darrell Jones and collaborators: J’Sun Howard, Justin I. Mitchell, Damon Green

    WORKING ON BETTER VERSIONS OF PRAYERS
    With:

    J’Sun Howard and collaborators: Dedrick (D. Banks) Gray, Damon Green, and Willyum Labeija

  • Saturday, April 28, 7PM

    Kaori Seki Co. | PUNCTUMUN
    With:

    Kaori Seki and Masashi Koyama

  • Sunday, April 29, 3PM

    CLUTCH (excerpt)
    With:

    Darrell Jones and collaborators: J’Sun Howard, Justin I. Mitchell, Damon Green

    WORKING ON BETTER VERSIONS OF PRAYERS
    With:

    J’Sun Howard and collaborators: Dedrick (D. Banks) Gray, Damon Green, and Willyum Labeija

  • Friday, May 4, 7PM

    Beyond the Box II ~ Yu (遊)
    With:

    Fujima Yoshinojo, Natsuki Kubo, Tatsu Aoki’s Reduction Ensemble

  • Saturday, May 5, 7PM

    Beyond the Box II ~ Yu (遊)
    With:

    Fujima Yoshinojo, Natsuki Kubo, Tatsu Aoki’s Reduction Ensemble

  • Sunday, May 6, 7PM

    Beyond the Box II ~ Yu (遊)
    With:

    Fujima Yoshinojo, Natsuki Kubo, Tatsu Aoki’s Reduction Ensemble