PERFORMANCE: “In:Between Worlds”

SZ022015 yang

DATE: “Sunday, September 6, 2015

As we mature, literally and otherwise, we find importance in what supports that great balance of inclusion, of difficult themes next to joyous ones. Our integrity in the face of our fragile and childish hearts is what holds us upright. One’s relentless disclosure leads to beholders’ disclosure.

In the last year, I have been faced with death on a scale I have never before encountered, having lost three of my most important mentors in my life. Just weeks ago, during the last days of my father’s life, I helped to bathe, feed, and honor him with unwavering endurance and compassion. In these moments, I watched him as he reached again and again for some other world, as he traversed the places between life and death. It has left me longing to be close to him in ways I no longer can, I must acknowledge that there are places I cannot venture until it is my time and my place. On a recent visit to Prague, I found myself on a serendipitous trek to exhibits about Death, bound to the lives and deaths of humans on a scale I rarely consider. My creative spirit was affirmed, for even amidst the devastation of death, art could connect me to the spiritual support of my human race.

The performance In:Between Worlds will include efforts to stand, to smile, to reach out, to fall down, to fear, to relent, to risk, and to rise.

Sara Zalek is a multidisciplinary artist and dedicated drifter, born in Minneapolis, MN, lived and worked in Boston, Seattle, Czech Republic, Portland, and Chicago. In 1991, she earned a BA in Marketing from Syracuse University and BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. Since 1998, she has been a fierce advocate, designer, and business strategist for artists.

Zalek has collaborated in over 70 unique performance works and performance installations using Butoh technique as a primary base for training and teaching. Her work has been featured at venues nationally, including Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park, Hamlin Park, Links Hall, Defibrillator Gallery, CoProsperity Sphere, Dance Theatre Workshop (NY), Merce Cunningham Studio (NY), Headwaters Theater (PDX), and I received CAAP grants in 2007 and 2009. In 2012, she was a LinkUp Artist with Aurora Tabar, and in April of 2014 received a DCASE grant to curate and produce Chicago’s first PostButoh Festival.

Currently, Zalek is a sponsored artist at High Concept Laboratories at MANA Contemporary, a 3Arts Project Artist, and serves on the Board of Directors for both The Space Movement Project and Antibody Corporation. She as serves as an administrator for Pentacle to expand her mission of cross pollinating audiences, artistic collaborations, and performance in the public realm.

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