Baraka de Soleil, Jamal Oliver (Litebulb), Benjamin Holliday Wardell and Sara Zalek!


Chicago Dancemakers Forum is pleased to announce its support for the creative work of these four dancemakers as they embark upon the 2015 Lab Artist Program, beginning this summer. The four Chicago-based recipients, Baraka de Soleil, Jamal Oliver (Litebulb), Benjamin Holliday Wardell, and Sara Zalek, were selected from a highly competitive pool of candidates through a rigorous application process. Each artist will receive a $15,000 award for research and the creation of a new work. They will also receive process-oriented support to facilitate their creative development. Selected artists and their proposals include:

BARAKA DE SOLEIL is a creative practitioner, currently making dance, theatre and performance art that engages diverse communities.  what the body knows, his CDF project, seeks to uncover nuances within the intersection of race and disability; impacting how we move and are moved by the world we live in.

SARA ZALEK is a movement artist, choreographer, and curator. Zalek’s work is rooted in Butoh training, teaching, and investigation into the rediscovery of self. Her CDF-supported project, titled Formidable Dreams, will begin a series of short films about herself as a trickster hero, often out of time with the rest of the society, moving in between conscious and subconscious states, often overstimulated and disillusioned by travel between memory and dream states and the present.

JAMAL OLIVER (LITEBULB) is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and organizer from Chicago's footwork dance and DJ community. The focus of Oliver's CDF project is 160, a dance and media performance that uses footwork choreography and improvisation, visual projections and electronic dance music to depict Chicago from the perspective of a footwork dancer. 160 features The Era dance company, a group Oliver co-founded on the South Side in 2014.

BENJAMIN HOLLIDAY WARDELL is a dancer, producer and choreographer. Continuing his exploration of complex collaborative processes and unconventional dance-making hierarchies, his CDF project Origami, will bring together numerous performers and content generators in an attempt to explore topical art creation through collective, action-based processing.

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