Close To There: Bahian Vibrations
@ Links Hall
3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Opening Wednesday, August 14th, from 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Bahian Vibrations: Inaê Moreira, Edbrass Brasil, and Ben LaMar Gay, Angel Bat Dawid, and invited guests
Bahian Vibrations is an improvisational dance and music program as part of Comfort Station’s “Close to There” project featuring artists based in Salvador, Brasil–Inaê Moreira, Edbrass Brasil–together with invited artists from Chicago’s dance and improvised music communities(TBA). Moreira and Brasil’s artistic experiences embody deep connections to a history of Afro-Brazilian practices in the state of Bahia while also updating these practices within an experimental context that is emblematic of the broader Bahian creative landscape. Bahian Vibrations offers Chicago audiences opportunities to see these artists perform in close contact with members of Chicago’s dance and improvised music communities.
Close to There Perto de Lá is an international artist exchange project between Comfort Station (Chicago, USA) and Projeto Ativa (Salvador, Brazil), in collaboration with Harmonipan (Mexico City, Salvador), made possible by the MacArthur Foundation International Connections Fund. By bringing members of these two artistic communities in proximity with one another, this project aims to gestate long-term artistic collaborations between the participants, share arts-organizing models from their respective socio-political-artistic contexts, and encourage creative discourse around ideas such as the African Diaspora and contemporary Latinx/Latin American identities.
The exchange will begin with a multi-disciplinary group of Salvador-based artists visiting Chicago August 9th – 29th 2019, carrying out a variety of programs, performances, and research through Comfort Station and its partner spaces across the city. In February of 2020, a group of Chicago-based artists will in turn visit Salvador to engage with the city’s creative landscape via Projeto Ativa’s network of artists and cultural institutions.
Our institutional partner venues in Chicago include:
The Poetry Foundation
Rebuild Foundation (Stony Island Arts Bank, Dorchester Art + Housing Project)
Co Prosperity Sphere
Arts Incubator (University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life initiative)
This project is made possible by the generosity of the MacArthur Foundation’s International Connections Fund.
Organized and curated by Jordan Martins, Lanussi Pasquali, and Juci Reis.
Graphic Design by Paco Barba
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