Q: What do you get when you invite fourteen creatives who’ve never met and put them in one white box studio, with a pile of new technology, for a short two weeks?

A: Links Lab

Building from the success of 2020’s 96 Hours devised performance festival, Links Lab is the latest performance-media event in an ongoing series of projects devised by dancers, performance artists, storytellers, songwriters, filmmakers & cinematographers, technologists, designers, and multi-disciplinary visionaries.

Starting this Friday (Oct. 8th), two teams of makers will craft brand new devised works about JOURNEYS–journeys we’ve taken, journeys we’re on, and journeys yet to come. With only fifteen days to devise, rehearse, and premiere a new work for both live and virtual audiences at Links Hall–anything can happen in this performance pressure cooker.

Will there be enough time? Too many cooks in the kitchen? Delicious revelations on the present state of hybrid performance?

Join the JOURNEY in-person at Links Hall Oct 22 & 23; or online October 23 & 24. Full Schedule and Artists below.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Friday, October 22 

7 pm

In-person: Performance at Links Hall

Saturday, October 23 

7pm

In-person: Performance at Links Hall

Saturday, October 23 

7pm

Online: Live stream performance

Sunday, October 24

7 pm

Online: Live stream performance

Links Lab is funded in part by an EXPLORE Grant from the Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development.

TICKETS & INFO

You can join us for Links Lab in-person at Links Hall Oct 22 & 23; or online October 23 & 24. Tickets are $15 – 20.  

To purchase tickets visit: https://tinyurl.com/LinksHallEvents

Links Hall is located at 3111 N. Western. If you are joining us for one of the  in-person performances please see our COVID-19 policy below:

As of September 10, 2021, proof of vaccination for individuals ages 12 and up OR a negative COVID-19 PCR test (taken within 72 hours of the event) is required for entrance to Links Hall. Please see our website for additional details about these policies, and ongoing health and safety measures.

Visitors, staff, and artists are still expected to wear masks at all times in public spaces, or when two or more people are gathered.

Meet Team A!

Selena Lasley is a multidisciplinary artist/storyteller from Temple Hills Maryland. Selena graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Acting. Selena has collaborated with multiple Chicago based artist including, Marciea Scruggs, and Kierah Kings recent work “Re(Creational) use only”. Selena is excited to create at Links Hall again! 

Christopher Knowlton, PH.D., is a freelance dance artist and independent choreographer based in Chicago. His work explores the intersections of art, science, dance and technology and has been featured locally and internationally. Chris is currently a Chicago Dancemakers Forum 2020 Lab Artist. In addition to performing and choreographing, Chris is a biomechanical research scientist and manages the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Rush University Medical Center. 

Vic Wynter (they/them) is a queer nonbinary Chicago-based performance artist. Vic, being self-taught formed their practice of trial and error; birthed from their time at the Neo-Futurarium. They’ve danced with the Fly Honeys, assistant directed, premiered autobiographical work, and recently made their TV debut on Work in Progress. They weave their experiences into stories reminding us, we are all connected even in a world trying to stifle our powerful voices.

Paul Scudder is an artist in chicago, working in video and music.

Pat Sangsuwan grew up with music and studying music production directly. He is fascinated by the diversity of contemporary music; whether music composition, music arrangement, sound recording, musical performances or experimental music. Pat has been at the forefront of the music and production industry with experience of more than ten years in Thailand. Pat is currently co-founder and directing the contemporary music production of 28Production(Thailand) and works as session producer for film scoring orchestra with Studio28 recording studio(Thailand). Pat was also a producer for What the duck music label and produced for the bands “Fauvis” and “Mints”. Pat was a member of Thai band “Chanudom” as a guitarist, composer and arranger which produced the album “Third World” in 2019 under the label What the duck.

​​Ricki Jay (she/her or ey/em) is a Chicago-based lighting designer and performer. Her local work includes Hotel Violet for Labyrinth Arts at Prop Thtr, The Death of Ivan Ilych for Thompson St Opera Co at the Athenaeum Theatre, as well as several filmed dance pieces at Links.  When not working in a theater, ey is a software engineer and avid knitter.

Mattie Switzer (He, They, She) is a Chicago-based stage manager and painter. They create art with recycled materials and enjoy helping others find ways to make art that helps them heal. They got a BA in 2019 and have been managing shows since. Some past credits include Isle of sugar (Red Theatre), La Ofrenda (Adventure Stage Chicago), Encounter: Becoming Festival (Collaboration Theatre Company), Always Patsy Cline (Firebrand Theatre). Visit madeleineswitzer.com for more of their work.

Meet Team B!

Jasmin Taylor is a well-traveled, joyful, bilingual Black woman of faith, a married millennial, and a classically trained artist in voice, piano, and ballet – her entire existence intersects and highlights the rewards of diversity and inclusion, and debunks stereotypical norms. Jasmin truly believes that art is liberating, necessary, and transformative, but only if access and inclusion are at the foundation of the work.

Courtney Mackedanz is a movement-based performance artist living in Chicago. Her projects infuse critical research, creative writing, and playful object making, with experiments in collaboratively devised choreography. Her current project, CHAFE THE SWALLOW BACK, is a speculative exploration of AI surveillance, machine listening, and the sensual yet seditious potential of embodied resistance via evasive motion and sounding a hoarse voice.

Ozivell Ecford A.K.A O.Z Bangaz is a 20+ year veteran interdisciplinary artist and Teaching Artist. His background is in Music, Theatre, Multimedia Design, and Curriculum Development for arts education programs. Oz is currently working on projects like the musical l1619: A Journey of a People, the TunePad app with Northwestern University, and a program he created to help justice-involved youth called MAD MAGIC, which stands for Making A Difference Making Art Growing Inspirational Consciousness.

My name is Spence Warren and this is my bio! I am an artist. I make motion pictures, I make puppets, and I make music. I serve as President of the Board of Directors for a radical, non-profit multimedia production company called Soft Cage Films. I’m a freelance, commercial Art Director/Prop Master and on occasion, I write about local theater for an online, entertainment magazine called Picture this Post. My aim is to create entertaining, imaginative works that provide an intellectually satisfying experience. My hope is to inspire.

Atticus Lazenby is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and luthier based in Chicago. He has released two albums of original music, the first of which was supported by Chicago’s DCASE IAP grant program. He frequently collaborates on recording and performance projects, and has created scores for video, dance films, and live dance which have been showcased in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Seattle.

Robyn Wilson (They/Them/He/Him) is a budding lighting designer originally from Detroit, MI, and was a BFA recipient in Dance and Choreography in 2020 from Columbia College Chicago. After apprenticing with the Dance Center of Columbia College and working with Kierah King on her 2020 Links Hall residency as an apprentice designer, he recently worked with Mary Ann McGovern on “Heat Lightning”.

Siobhan FitzGerald, Chicago native, stage manages at The Annoyance Theatre. Her shows include Superhuman, Cigarette sandwich, and Green Show Live!