BELONGING: For Our Purposes // In Sync is a premier collaboration between two Chicago-based multidisciplinary artists exploring experiences of embodiment and dance.
For Our Purposes comes from a love of bodies moving together with music. Four dancers elaborate the possibilities afforded by unison movement in concert with the revelatory melodies and driving rhythms of an onstage musical ensemble.
In Sync is a movement and installation piece that explores how non-traditional dancers understand and reconnect with the body and mental wellness during and after physical trauma. How does dance save the mind when the body has reached its physical and emotional limit(s)?
Special Thanks to:
High Concept Labs, OuterSpace Studios/The Space Movement Project, The Interdisciplinary Arts + Media program of Columbia College Chicago.
Haydee Souffrant is a Chicago-based multimedia artist crafting work through storytelling, lyrical text, movement and visual/performance art to document the legacies of trauma one inherits throughout cultural, familial, and societal generations. Bridging together narratives of mental health + wellness within black and brown communities, Haydee’s work seeks to stimulate conversations on how do communities maintain survival in sharing stories of struggle and resistance alongside alternative healing practices. Studying West African dance forms with the Dance Diaspora Dance Theater Ensemble of Oberlin College, Haydee’s literary and visual work has been featured in numerous online literary publications, Oberlin College, The Whitney Museum, and other venues in and around Chicagoland. Haydee is a graduate of Oberlin College, and a matriculating Interdisciplinary Arts + Media graduate student at Columbia College Chicago with her work focusing on the intersections of storytelling, mental health, legacies of trauma + healing across communities of color.
Nora Sharp is from Chicago. She grew up studying classical music, discovered movement as a student of capoeira angola and somatics at Oberlin College, and has since studied diverse contemporary dance forms in Seattle, Chicago, and the Bay Area. As a performer, Nora has been an artist in residence at High Concept Labs as part of Vaudeo Motion, and has also worked with Ayako Kato, Jane Jerardi, Kirsten Leenaars, The Space Movement Project, and Od Theatre, among other collaborations. As a developer of community dance resources, Nora organizes Research Project, an artist-centered works-in-progress performance series, and Technique Together, a class series & training model that approaches technical dance practice from the assumption that everything that’s already happening is okay.