Links Hall’s 2017 Summer Intensive Artists!
Courtney Mackedanz is a movement based performance artist living and working out of Chicago. Her work examines the legibility of meaning within movement while excavating the material that a text may struggle to contain: Mackedanz’s choreography playfully and critically disassembles & reconstitutes itself as it unfolds. Mackedanz earned a BFA in Performance Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013 & has since exhibited her work in Chicago, New York & Shanghai.
Dahlia Nayar’s multimedia work investigates the performance of the quiet and seeks unlikely sources of virtuosity. Her most recent work, 2125 Stanley Street, has been supported by a Vermont Performance Lab residency, a Bates Dance Festival New England Emerging Choreographer Residency, a National Dance Project Special Grant and a National Dance Project Touring Award for 2016-17. Previously, Dahlia’s work has been selected and performed at venues including the Venice Biennale/Danza Venezia Showcase for Emerging Choreographers, Dance Place in Washington DC, the Next Stage Dance Residency at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in Pittsburgh, the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, NY. In addition, her site-specific projects have been performed at the National Botanical Gardens, the Kennedy Center and the Complejo Cultural, in Puebla, Mexico. She was a National Dance Project Regional Dance Lab artist in 2007. From 2008-2010, she received the Jacob Javits Fellowship during which time she received her MFA in Dance/Choreography from Hollins University.
Emma Ladji is a performer based in Chicago. She has worked with several theater companies in Chicago as an actress including Red Theater, Walkabout Theater, Goodman, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Red Tape Theatre where she is a company member. She is a founding member of the live art collective ROOM|916.This collective was created with fellow theatre majors at Columbia College committed to ensemble generated, physical theatre performances that were created in response to non traditional performance spaces. Together they devised physical, roaming theatre pieces for the Chicago Home Theater Festival and the New Now Arts Festival in Amsterdam. Emma’s current practice focuses on creating performances that are more like group meditations than shows and the collective body acts as the main performance “site”.
Maxime Chudeau is a french scenographer and multimedia artist based in Paris. He is currently touring with Franco-Syrian director Leyla Rabih with her piece “Chronicles of an Orphan Revolution”as assistant scenographer and multimedia manager. He is developing his first full length show,Prométhée, an electronic opera for hardcore metal singer Jules Bouchier-Végis. Inspired by Antonin Arthaud’s Theatre of Cruelty, Maxime uses space and sound to include the audience in an ongoing ecosystem resulting in a hybridation of performance art and theatre.
Charley Guptill moved to Chicago from California for the layering that winter allows. A housewife at heart, he loves his bok choy plant, his sewing machine, and grocery shopping as equally as he loves his boyfriend. Charley’s primary artistic interests are variety, abstraction, whiteness, and salad. He is also one half of S h l i p S h l o p s, a collaborative performance duo, with his dear friend Izah Ransohoff. He’s grateful for this city’s geography, without which he could not flourish. Find his collaging, photos, and clothing on Instagram at charfee.
Izah Ransohoff is a person who performs, explores, and choreographs in Chicago. They enjoy working with their own and other bodies and exploring the relationship and the space between bodies; as performers, audience members, and the everyday. Izah performs around Chicago in various galleries and spaces and is a part of a collaborative performance duo, S h l i p S h l o p s , with their friend Charley. They relish mystery and ambiguity and pull inspiration from animals, dance, friendship, and wrestling, to meld human and animal, and celebrate existing while formless.
Margi Cole, founder and Artistic Director of The Dance COLEctive, received a BA in dance from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA in dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. She has taught for educational and professional organizations nationally and internationally and performed with many well-known choreographers and companies. In 2011, Cole participated in the Deborah Hay Solo Commissioning Project. Margi has received two Illinois Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships, a 2005 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Award, a 2015 Individual Arts Program Creative Project Grant from Chicago’s DCASE and an American Marshall Memorial Fellowship. Active in the Chicago dance community, she has served as a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Consortium Member, on grant panels and in public forums. Cole is on faculty at Columbia College Chicago, where she has served as a Lecturer and Associate Chair and is currently the Series Program Manager of the Dance Center Presenting Series.
Molly Shanahan: When I dance I am water. I am the shame my mother held and harbored. I am my vaudevillian grandparents’ resentful stardom. I am failed starvation. I am the wily escapee of sexual abuse. I am the salvager of photoshopped esh. I am the amateur magician disappearing into the rabbit hole beneath my skin.
Rob Welcher is a Chicago-based contact improviser, performer, swimmer and Waldorf math teacher. He regularly facilitates and leads the Chicago contact jam and pre-jam class; as well he often teaches classes in his home studio. He was a faculty member at the 2015 Great Lakes Area Contact Improv Enthusiasts Retreat (GLACIER) and a guest teacher at the 2016 Contact Meets Contemporary Festival in Göttingen, Germany. The difference between the energy and awareness of jams versus that of performance is a keen interest; he seeks to grow the opportunities and audience for improvised-based performance.
Jarrell Hamilton is a choreographer, performer and educator based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received a BFA in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University and she received her masters in Interdisciplinary Studies (Choreography and African Diaspora) from Tulane. She has received the Big Easy Classical Arts Award for best contemporary choreographer in 2012, 2013, and 2016. Her work was featured alongside Instigation Orchestra at Links Hall last year.
Kaitlin Webster is originally from Aurora, CO, earning a B.F.A in dance and choreography from Cornish College of the Arts. Emphasizing her contemporary, hip hop, and improv training, Kaitlin has performed for Interweave Dance Theater and The Goodnight Ladies among others and can be seen as a featured character in the Open TV web series “Full Out” along with “The Furies” via King is a Fink productions. Ms. Webster debuted with Crash as a company 2 member in 2012, promoted to the full company in 2014, and promoted to rehearsal director in 2016.
Keyierra Collins is a recent graduate from Columbia College Chicago with a bachelor’s in Dance. Her dance training includes (Graham and Cunningham), ballet, West African, contemporary, jazz, and improvisation. In her last semester, she created a piece called Double Dutch Training Ground which made into the National College Dance Festival in Washington D.C 2016. She has been blessed to perform at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Links Hall, and so much more. Now her plan is to further her training/education in African American studies, West African dance, modern dance, (etc.) to continue to perform, travel the world, and create work regarding political/social issues from the perspective of black women.
Margaret Morris is a vocalist, performance deviser, poet, and yogini. She is a former Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist (‘06) and Linkup Residency artist (‘05) whose most recent performance collaborations have been with literary band Heroes Are Gang Leaders alongside award winning poets Thomas Sayers Ellis and Randall Horton, and creative musicians Heru Shabakara, James Brandon Lewis, and Devin Brahja Waldman, and Warren Crudup.
Mike Steele is a director, writer, and performer who specializes in devising original, physical theatre. His pieces combine elements of experimental theatre, dance, music and spoken word to conjure new, dreamlike realities. As an artist, Mike seeks to present an alternative world, one constructed from the refuse of our shared experience, but distorted, rearranged, and amplified. Mike is the former Artistic Director of The Island Theatre, with whom he created and produced several theatrical events including The Glass Inward (at Defibrillator Gallery), The War To End War (at The Chicago Fringe), and Tourist Trap (at Links Hall). Mike has also performed as an actor, mover, and solo artist with Trap Door Theatre, Oracle Theatre, The Den, Strawdog, and Sideshow Theatre to name a few. He has also collaborated internationally with Teatr Witkacy in Zakopane, Poland. Occasionally Mike can be heard blowing melodies through various twisted hunks of brass as a member of The Garvey Train.
Samantha Allen is a dancer and maker now living in Chicago. She’s had the pleasure of working with talented artists in NYC and Chicago including Colleen Thomas, Yanira Castro, Katie Workum, Julie Mayo, Shannon Gillen & Elizabeth Motley, Jessie Young, Buck Wanner, Erin Kilmurray and others. Her work has been shown in Los Angeles, NYC, Chicago and Puebla, Mexico. Most recently she assisted choreographer Colleen Thomas for an improvisation and composition workshop in Poznan, Poland. Through the Institut IDGAF she makes live work and films with collaborator Devika Wickremesinghe. She is an editor by day and also partners with filmmaker Christopher Cascarano on film and design projects.
Devika Wickremesinghe is a dance and performance artist based in Los Angeles. In NYC she performed with K.J. Holmes, Vanessa Justice, Buck Wanner, ana Isabel keilson, and Mariangela Lopez’s ACCIDENTAL MOVEMENT. In LA she is a member of Alexx Shilling’s MODERN DANCERS OF AMERICA and Taisha Paggett’s WXPT. She has had the pleasure of working with Dorothy Dubrule, Laurel Jenkins, Sarah Leddy, and was part of Maria Hassabi’s PLASTIC at the Hammer Museum. She currently dances for Milka Djordjevich and cultivates solo practice and collaborative pieces sponsored by the Institut IDGAF.