For Immediate Release:
Link Hall presents:
April 4, 2022 | 7pm
Chicago’s Hottest Art Party Is Now a Must See TV Event.
Links Hall is thrilled to announce the return of THAW, its annual fundraiser for artist programs and celebration of the performing arts community. THAW brings together dozens of Chicago poets, playwrights, dancers, musicians, singers, storytellers, visual and performance artists for a FREE broadcast event.
On THAW Street is inspired by the public television programs that raised us right, taught us about community and collaboration, and introduced some of the greatest entertainers of the modern era.
Director Bindu Poroori shares, “In year 776 of the pandemic, we’re beyond a recognizable bounceback. A lot of the folks I’m talking with are feeling really burned out, and it’s tough to find out where we’re drawing energy from. What I have been able to do is build deeper mutual relationships of trust with my immediate community, in a place of strength and a place of nourishment. On THAW Street involves building moments of trust that aren’t extractive, that are about commitment to each other. Aligning self interest allows us to have a deep well of energy to draw from, and it immediately feeds us as well.”
The event offers unique opportunities for groups to organize at-home watch parties. Neighbors, friends, and family are encouraged to be co-conspirators for the arts by pooling donations and signing up as “Community Gardeners.” Hosts will receive the complete THAW Watch Party Kit, lovingly designed by the artists and filled with delectable treats, art, objects, and activities for their guests.
On THAW Street celebrates the community garden, the block party, the mutual aid effort, and any artisan of the imagination who finds their people and builds something new. It is both an invitation and a call to action, where artists are organizers and performance is grassroots, creative ground.
Come get fed.
Meet Bari, our adorably anxious, neighbor-next-door who wants nothing more than to bring something delicious to the cookout. Freaking out (as only a puppet can do), Bari meets poets, playwrights, dancers, musicians, singers, storytellers, visual and performance artists who share a taste of what they’re bringing to the party. Inspiration is everywhere, and Bari quickly learns that even a rough draft can be surprisingly joyful and nourishing stuff.
On THAW Street is an original, devised production by Director Bindu Poroori (below center), with Director of Photography Spence Warren (below right), Producer Bazuka Joe (below left), Associate Curator Aaliyah Christina, and Technical Director Giau Truong. Full artist lineup to be announced.
On THAW Street is FREE with registration. Donations requested to support Links Hall’s artist programs, with packages ranging from $25 to $1,200.
Tickets and information can be found online: http://tinyurl.com/THAW2022
Livestream link will be provided upon registration.
Aaliyah Christina [she/her] (Associate Curator) manages Links Hall’s Co-MISSION Residency and Fellowship programs, fosters relationships with artists, and organizes projects & performances in the revered White box studio. As a curator, administrator, improvisational dancemaker, and writer, Aaliyah consistently collaborates and supports Chicago’s community artists & organizations including Keyierra Collins, Darling Shear, The Fly Honey Show, Assata’s Daughters, Red Clay Dance Theatre, and Chicago Dancemakers Forum. She is an artist-in-residence at High Concept Labs and a Co-Organizer/Content Curator for Performance Response Journal.
Bazuka Joe aka Ken Gasch [he/him] (Producer) has been performing professionally for over 20 years. Credits include Artistic Director of Open House Dance Company, Artistic Director for The Vertical Side Show, Co-Curator for Poonie’s Cabaret, Co-Curator at The Newport Theater, and teaching dance at high schools throughout the Chicagoland area. Ken was listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 for influential young professionals citing his community work with Open House Dance Company in 2009. His alter ego “Bazuka Joe” has been touring internationally in the cabaret and burlesque circuit since 2009, and he was inducted into the Burlesque Hall of Fame in 2011.
Bindu Poroori [they/she] (Director) is originally from sweet sweltering Chennai, but has called Chicago home for more than a decade. They are an organizer with Chicago Desi Youth Rising, a poet, producer+curator of performance, community researcher, administrator, dramaturg, union worker, and some other things. Some of her recent work has been with the Illinois Federation of Teachers, Chicago Dancemakers Forum, Remy Bumppo, Chicago Park District, Apna Ghar, the Illinois Federation of Teachers, City Bureau, and the 47th Ward Alderman’s Office. Bindu’s personal artistic and organizing practice is rooted in questions of trust, diaspora histories, and the abolition of prisons, police, and punishment both within and without. She makes a very very good green mango dal, so please ask her about it.
Giau Minh Truong [he/him] (Technical Director) was born in Vietnam and lived in a refugee camp with his family for two years in Indonesia before arriving in the USA in 1982. Giau oversees Links Hall’s production and technical needs for artists and performances, maintains Studio A performance space, and does curatorial work focusing on developing use of tech in performance.
Spence Warren [he/him] (Director of Photography) 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.
About Links Hall
For 42 years, Links Hall has played a pivotal role in Chicago, encouraging artistic innovation and public engagement by maintaining a facility and providing flexible programming for the research, development, and presentation of new work in the performing arts. Founded in 1978 by experimental choreographers, Bob Eisen, Carol Bobrow, and Charlie Vernon, Links became a National Performance Network partner in 1998 and received a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions in 2016. Links Hall supports multidisciplinary artists through residencies, festivals, subsidized rentals, and other resources for performers at every stage of their career.
Links Hall programming is made possible by artists, audiences, and support from: Arts Midwest GIG Fund, The Arts Work Fund at The Chicago Community Trust, Association of Performing Arts Professionals, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, Exelon, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Heather B. Henson Fund/Puppet Slam Network, Illinois Arts Council Agency, JPMorgan Chase, Links Commissioning Collective, Microsoft, National Performance Network, The Charlie Vernon Performance Fund at the Evanston Community Foundation, The Jentes Family Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, MacArthur Fund for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at Prince, The Martha Struthers Farley & Donald C. Farley, Jr. Family Foundation, The Prince Charitable Trust, Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Walder Foundation, and The Weasel Fund.