A-Squared Festival 2016


October 20 – 23, 2016

@ links hall

curated by Hope Kim, Cary Shoda, and Giau Truong

The A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival features four evenings of contemporary dance, music, performance art, puppetry, sound art, spoken word, and theatre by American artists of Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese descent. Curatorial Statement.

The festival is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Illinois Arts Council and the
Crane Group.

Links Hall is a Partner of the National Performance Network (NPN). This project is made possible in part by support from the NPN Performance Residency Program and the NPN Community Fund. Major contributors of NPN include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency), the MetLife Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

The presentation of 2125 Stanley Street by Dahlia Nayar is made possible by the New England Foundation of the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


festival pass:single tickets:
 $40 AFest Pass $45 Saturday 5:15pm dinner 7pm show
$20 general admission
$15 students & seniors
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A-Squared Festival is a National Performance Network Performance Residency. Links Hall’s Residencies are supported by the generous contributions of the Links Hall Commissioning Collective, a group of dedicated individuals who make multi-year pledges to support Links’ direct grants to artists to research, develop and present new work in the performing arts.
Saturday, October 8 @ 10:30-3pm – Artist-Presenter Collaborations for Dance Symposium at High Concept Labs
A-Squared Festival artist Dahlia Nayar, whose work 2125 Stanley Street makes its Chicago premiere on Day 1 and Day 2 of the festival, will be a panelist at the day-long presented by Chicago Dancemakers Forum as part of the Regional Dance Development Initiative, a program of the New England Foundation for Arts. Tickets are $10 – register HERE.

Saturday, October 22 @ 10am-12pm – (a little bit of) Ensemble Thinking Workshop by Lower Left at Links Hall
A-Squared Festival artist Margaret Paek, who performs in 2125 Stanley Street on Day 1 and Day 2 of the festival, will be joined by fellow Lower Left artists Andrew Wass and Kelly Dalrymple Wass to facilitate a workshop on Lower Left’s signature technique in Ensemble Thinking to help propel adventurous movers beyond their perceived ideas of dance and the creative process. Registration is $20 or Pay What You Can (no one turned away for lack of funds) – register HERE.
Monday, October 24 @ 7:30pm – Quantum Monk by Yoshinojo Fujima at Links Hall
A-Squared Festival artist Tatsu Aoki, who performs on Day 2 and Day3 of the festival, appears with Rami Atassi in dancer/choreographer Yoshinojo Fujima’s interdisciplinary performance of “Makasho” an Edo-period travelling monk, originally a Japanese classical dance piece infused with more contemporary elements. Tickets are $15 – HERE.

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