April 28 – 29, 2018
Through years of experimenting and analyzing oppression as it lives in the body, Darrell Jones excavates how individuals accumulate identity and mirror culture through movement. Jones has developed a live art experience that guides participants to resist oppressive corporeal constructs and, in brief transcendent moments, experience consciousness entirely without them.
Jones’ work CLUTCH responds meaningfully to the need to build interpersonal empathetic bridges. In this liminal space, he engages a powerful question about the ontological reality of oppression. Can we transcend oppressive structures through movement? And can we help one another to find restorative moments of liberation?
For the Bridge Dance Festival,CLUTCHwill be performed on a shared bill with J’Sun Howard’sWorking on Better Versions of Prayers.
Meet the Artists
Darrell Jones has performed in the United States and abroad with a variety of companies such as Bebe Miller, Urban Bush Women, Ronald K. Brown, Min Tanaka, Ralph Lemon and KOKUMA DanceTheater. He has collaborated with choreographers (Angie Hauser, Jeremy Wade, Onye Ozuzu), writer (Cheryl Boyce-Taylor), musicians (Jessie Mano, Brian Schuler) and designer (Mawish Syed) in dance films, documentations and interactive multimedia installations. In addition to his collaborative work he continues to work in solo forms. Along with performing, Darrell has taught workshops and master classes in dance technique and compositional processes throughout the United States, South Africa, United Kingdom and South Korea. Darrell is presently a full-time faculty member at the Dance Center of Columbia College in Chicago.
Damon D. Green is a Chicago-based dancer and was born in Champaign, Illinois, where his dance education and training began at The Christine Rich Studio under the direction of Christine Rich. Green began his training in classical ballet and jazz in 1996, continuing with the Champaign Park District under Kimberly Burson from 1997-2002. Green furthered his education at Columbia College Chicago starting in 2003, where he was introduced to Modern/Contemporary, African and Vogue dance. Voguing is currently Damon’s specialty and he continues to explore and perform in this form, in its fusion with contemporary vocabulary, with choreographer and Associate Professor of Dance Darrell Jones. Damon maintains his presence in the contemporary dance world with The Seldoms, led by Artistic Director Carrie Hanson. Additionally, Damon has worked with choreographer and dance educator Paige Cunningham, fusing Contemporary Ballet and Voguing in a piece called “Werk” in 2011. Green has traveled abroad, performing in Siberia and Taiwan and introduced Voguing to Russian students as a master teacher at the Isadora International Festival of Contemporary Dance. TimeOut Chicago rated him one of the “Top 10 Men of Dance” in 2010.
J’Sun Howard is from Chattanooga, TN. A Chicago Dancemaker’s Forum grantee, 2014, his choreography has appeared at local venues Links Hall, Northwestern University, Sonotheque, Lincoln Square Theatre, Insight Arts/Center for New Possibilities, Epiphany Church, and Rumble Arts. In 2009, J’Sun was selected to be a LinkUp Residency to deepen his artistic practice at Links Hall and in 2010 he was granted the Julius Margolin “Youth in Labor” Award to protest at the gates of the School of Americas in Fort Benning, GA. He has also performed at Patrick’s Cabaret (Minneapolis, MN), had work commissioned by the Chicago Academy School for the Arts, and been a sponsored artist at High Concept Laboratories. J’Sun has performed for many choreographers including Malcolm Jason Low, Asimina Chremos, Sara Wookey, Paige Cunningham, Selene Carter, but most extensively with collaborators Darrell Jones and Damon Green in their research of (e)feminized ritual performance, which received a 2013 Juried Bessie Award in support of Hoo-Ha (for your eyes only). His collaboration, Utopic Monster Theory, with poet Jennifer Karmin has been performed in exhibitions “I Can’t Breathe” at ARC Gallery, “Law and Disorder” at Women Made Gallery, and Small Traffic Press’s production of Poets Theater Festival (San Francisco, CA), and the IN>Time Performance Festival. His literary work can be read in the journals: Chicago IRL, Inkwell, Danspace’s Constellations and Influences, Garland Court Review, Storyglossia, 3rd Language, Bird’s Thumb, and Manifold, The Body.
Justin I. Mitchell is a Chicago based DJ and multimedia artist performing under the moniker Hijo Pródigo. The sound Mitchell cultivates through their DJ work spans sub-cultural club music movements found across the world, experimenting with dissonance, disparity and aggression while exploring themes of excess, chaos, destruction, redemption, and rebirth.
Mitchell is currently working on music production with Chicago born/New York based, indie record label #FUTUREHOOD, as well as soundtracking various film and television projects.
Supported by The MAP Fund, primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional Funds come from the Andrew. W. Mellon Foundation.
CLUTCH is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visitwww.arts.gov.
Links Hall is a NPN/VAN Partner of the National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN). This project is made possible in part by support from the NPN/VAN Artist Engagement Fund. Major contributors include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information visitwww.npnweb.org.
Darrell Jones (Chicago, USA) and Kaori Seki (Tokyo, Japan) were co-commissioned by the NPN/VAN U.S./Japan Connection 2014-2016 curatorial team of Dance Box, The Flynn Center, Fusebox Festival, Kyoto Experiment Festival, Links Hall, and NPO Arts Link. The U.S./Japan Connection, an international program of National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN), is supported by The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC). Additional funding is provided by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Bilingual facilitation and consultation services for the project is provided by the U.S./Japan Cultural Trade Network (CTN).
The creation and the presentation of “CLUTCH” by Darrell Jones and the new work by Kaori Seki are made possible by funding from the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, and The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.