Jenn Freeman / Po' Chop

A Prayer to Bronzeville (work-in-progress)


G.A.R. Rotunda

A solo focused on how the history of marginalized individuals within our culture and city is often hidden in plain sight.  

Jenn Freeman / Po' Chop

Production Credits

Soundscape by Jenn Freeman / Po' Chop


About the Piece

A meditation on Elder Lucy Smith. The Robert Taylor Homes. The Black Belt. Trash. Stateway Gardens. Beauty Turner. Jackie Ormes. The slums. The saints draped in white. Eric Morse. Ida B Wells. Little Lucy Smith. Richard Wright. The Forum. Redlining. Boarded up schools. Leveled lots. Chicago's Bronzeville.

About the Artist

Website: itspochop.com

Social Media: @itspochop


Hell bent on creating a repertoire that sparked conversations regarding notions of gender, sexual prowess, and race, Jenn Freeman made her debut as burlesque/performance artist Po’Chop in 2010. With over a decade of dance training including studying at Columbia College Chicago, Po'Chop uses elements of dance, storytelling, and striptease to create performances that are described by Chicago critics as "...the most provocative symbol of might onstage...It was as if Po'Chop had captured lightning in a bottle and the bottle was herself." Jenn Freeman has been a recipient of the Chances Dances Mark Aguhar Memorial Grant, 3Arts Make A Wave Award, and is a current Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist.