Screendance Club: "blk ark"

Event Type
Event Description

Join See Chicago Dance at the 21c Museum Hotel Chicago on October 18th for first ever in-person  Screendance Club, a radically casual watch-party and discussion of short dance films. Different from a typical talk-back, Screendance Club aims to create an environment of open conversation and exploration--with artists, filmmakers, and viewers on an equal footing. SCD writers curate and facilitate conversations on viewing and interpreting dance on screen.

This installment of Screendance Club features cat mahari's blk ark. Mahari offers the impossible manifestation is a multi-modal performance-based work consisting of live performance, live scored film, and architectural installation exploring Black anarchist practices through Hip Hop spillage.  We call forth play as open-ended exploration, co-ordination and voluntary collaboration in relating. With this we map a way forward, maybe touch a new world.

Film Credits:
Film Title: "blk ark"
Filmmaker: Cat Mahari
Producer: Surinder Martignetti

This event is free. However, space is limited, so registration is required. Those who RSVP in advance will receive one free drink ticket to the on-site cash bar.

ASL will be provided for this event. If you need a different accessible accommodation to enjoy this program, or if you have any questions about accommodations, please email or call (312) 846-6357.

cat mahari Bio:

cat mahari’s practice is built from a richly layered body history, stemming from an archive of research, physical training, and intent to manifest an intellectual, material, and informal legacy of Black liberation through documentation. By examining personal marks and socio-genealogical maps, she explores inner and outer environments. She is a 2023 MAP Fund micrograntee, and a 2022 Foundation for the Arts Emergency grant receipient for blk ark: the impossible manifestation. Her upcoming works include the film, Sugar in the Raw, is a surrealist-inspired exploration of Black intimacy, trust, and touch via Chicago house and stepping. In 2021 she was named the City of Chicago Esteemed Artist Awardee in Dance and received a 2021 3Arts Award in dance. Her works include the Afro Sci-fi Krump film Imprints & Traces, and the multi-disciplinary performance BAM!, for which she received a CSF Generative Performing Artist Fellowship. BAM! is an immersive ensemble work, focusing on Blackness, Amerikkka, and violence. Her post-disciplinary work, the mixtape series violent/break vol i and vol ii, has received national and international development support at Brink Festival (London), High Concept Labs (Chicago), and Imir Scene Kunst (Norway). mahari is a culture bearer of Hip-hop and House having participated, judged and held community initiatives and events. As well as a former member of the Krump family Gool, cat holds a BFA in dance from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and an MA in performance, practice, and research from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama at the University of London.


page updated 10/11/2023 @ 10:02 am CT [SB]

Running Time
2 Hours
Dance Styles
African American


21c Museum Hotel

55 E Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60611