OpenFlow-Helen-Legend-Garfield02DATES:
Saturday August 7, @2pm North Park Nature Village Center
Saturday August 14, @2pm – 4pm Marquette Park
Saturday August 21, @2pm Jackson Park
Saturday August 28, @2pm Garfield Park

LOCATION: On Saturday August 28 this performance be close to the Golden Dome Field House in Garfield Park. This is a roaming performance so please wear comfortable shoes and please wear a mask when participating in performances.

PERFORMANCE ART: Weaving Cocoons; Colliding Monarchs

In a mammoth cocoon, what will we dream? How will we mend?
Will we transform?
The bloody battles we fight. The wars within ourselves.
A death kingdom. A death nation. A death marriage.
When will we say farewell? Who will sing our lullabies?

About Helen Lee:
Helen Lee (she/they) was born and raised in Chicago to immigrant parents from South Korea. She received her MFA with a focus in Performance and Film from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2019) and BA in Dance with a minor in Theatre from University of Hawaii at Manoa (2003). Helen creates performances and visual art works that weave movement, storytelling, film/video, taxidermy, installation and social practice. Their previous works investigated various ways to enhance and diminish the senses. Those sensorial explorations have led them on a journey to examine facets of identity, shame, trauma, healing, death, grief and fear. She has had the privilege of presenting works in the US, South Korea, Japan, Germany, Iceland, Finland and Canada. She was awarded SAIC’s Graduate Dean Professional Development Award to attend The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics Convergence hosted by York University and was Chicago Moving Company’s D49 Awardee and Affiliate Artist for Dance Shelter. Her performances have been published in “Emergency INDEX” by Ugly Duckling Press and films have been presented by Chicago Park District’s Chicago OnScreen. Their hope is that the work they create can help to amplify the voices of Asian American women, making their narratives more visible while building authentic and meaningful connections and accessibility in all communities. Currently, they are a 2021-22 HATCH Artist Residence with Chicago Artists Coalition. www.momentumsensorium.com

About SUNGJAE LEE
SUNGJAE LEE is a 31 year old multidisciplinary artist born in Seoul, South Korea. He is currently living and working between Seoul and Chicago, IL. He received his B.F.A. in Sculpture from Seoul National University in 2014. During his study, he found himself more interested in immaterial and time-based mediums (e.g. performance, installation, text, sound, and video) with the aim of visualizing marginalized groups through his body of work. To develop his practice as a professional performance artist, he pursued his M.F.A. in Performance Art at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017. Throughout 3 years of stay in the States, his practice has delved into the visibility and representation of queer Asians and their desires in the West. He has presented his works globally in Korea, Sweden, Canada, New Zealand, and the US. He has attended residencies at ACRE Projects, High Concept Labs, and Vermont Studio Center. His performance pieces were shown in “Emergency INDEX” published by Ugly Duckling Press and “A Research on Feminist Art Now” by No New Work. Recently, he was selected for the 2020 AHL Foundation Artist Fellowship and the fellowship recipients’ show has premiered online. To view LEE’s works visit https://sung-jae-lee.com

About Cristal Sabbagh
Cristal Sabbagh (she/her) is a teaching interdisciplinary artist influenced by film, history, politics, Butoh and improvised sound. In her performances, her goal is to embody transformational memories, challenge power structures, and awaken viewers’ senses. Cristal has found that working with live improvised music has inspired her best work, which has become vital to her practice. She is currently curating and performing in Freedom From and Freedom To as an opportunity to combine most of her creative interests in a risk-taking and vulnerable way. It uses an ensemble of dancers and improvising musicians that are remarkably diverse in their approaches to dance, instrumentation, and backgrounds. More info at www.ffftchicago.com

About Ysaÿe Alma
Ysaÿe Alma (she/her) is a professional dancer, choreographer and teaching artist from Chicago. Her work is influenced by her studies of dances of the African Diaspora, Polynesian dance, Modern dance and devised theater. This January, 2021, Ysaÿe completed her Yoga Teacher training and Mind-Body Wellness and Social-Emotional Learning Teacher training with Breathe for Change. She is also a 3rd year Dunham Technique Instructor candidate, an apprentice with Viver Brasil and studying Tahitian dance and culture at Nonosina Polynesia. Ysaÿe creates with the intention to heal self and community while honoring tradition and cultural differences.

About King Legend
King Legend (He/Him) was born and raised in Illinois and his journey in dance and movement started when he was around 10 years old but at the age of 15 was when he truly wanted to pursue dance as a lifestyle. It became his passion and his release to the world. He is self taught and had a blast taking his first choreography class last year. Legend also writes poetry/spoken word, and sings.