FLOAT
Jul
27
12:00 PM12:00

FLOAT

Margaret T. Burroughs Beach
3100 S. Lake Shore Dr. 
Chicago, IL 60616

Join us at the lakefront to witness and participate in a meditative memorial to Eugene Williams, a young black man who was murdered in 1919. FLOAT by Jefferson Pinder and A.J. McClenon is a simple act in the remembrance of the riots of that summer a hundred years ago. Over 100 participants will peacefully drift across a historic invisible racial barrier using inflatables, reactivating and reclaiming a site of violence. The event concludes with a procession. Recommended for ages 12 and up. This event is presented as a part of the City of Chicago?s Year of Chicago Theatre. Check out more YOCT events at https://chicagoplays.com/year-of-chicago-theatre/

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Fire and Movement
Jul
11
7:00 PM19:00

Fire and Movement

(rain or shine)
7:00 PM – Performance begins near Detering St. and Washington Ave
9:30 PM – Final phase of the performance at the African American Library at the Gregory School, 1300 Victor Street. (Please gather at the Gregory School by 9 pm)

Fire and Movement is a newly commissioned public performance by interdisciplinary Chicago-based artist Jefferson Pinder. The artist and a trained group of performers will retrace the route and narrative of the 1917 Camp Logan Uprising, one of Houston’s most complicated and often-misrepresented historical events. More info…

In his work, Pinder often explores the tangled representations, visual tropes, and myths surrounding historical events. Fire and Movement is part of Pinder’s national tour, Red Summer (May-July 2019), that takes its title from a term coined by author James Weldon to refer to the deadly race riots that took place during the summer of 1919. Red Summer will be enriched through community conversations in Houston, and across the South, as the artist travels from Illinois to Washington, D.C., Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas, presenting performances and events that revisit this significant part of U.S. history.

Jefferson Pinder’s Fire and Movement is commissioned and presented by DiverseWorks in collaboration with the African American Library at the Gregory School. The performance is organized by DiverseWorks Assistant Curator, Ashley DeHoyos with accompanying outreach programs organized by Community Engagement and Project Coordinator, M’kina Tapscott. The artist has developed the work in collaboration with Drill Specialist Joseph Lefthand Losinski (United States Marine Corps) and dramaturge Vinod Hopson.

PANEL DISCUSSION: RACE & RIOTS - THE LEGACY OF CAMP LOGAN

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THIS IS NOT A DRILL
Jun
13
to Jun 14

THIS IS NOT A DRILL

At The Source Theatre, Jefferson Pinder and a team of physical performers will train their bodies through frenetic sequence in This Is Not A Drill. Preparing to engage with the demons of past and present day, The Middle Passage Guerilla Theatre Company probes into close-order drill, shooter drills, boxing, and Bo staff training to delve into communal strength. These performers are on the ready to explore sites of violence and injustice. Considering training techniques used by the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, The Black Panther Party, and Marine Corps hand-drill training, the performance crew finds unity through ritualized physical routines. Based on historic techniques of martial empowerment, figures will be in constant motion, preparing for inevitable conflict. As the performers grapple with their own endurance and unite in the face of racial divides, the audience will be confronted with the intensity of this struggle.

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Goat Island Archive: THIS IS NOT A DRILL
May
10
to May 11

Goat Island Archive: THIS IS NOT A DRILL

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The reputation of Goat Island in the performance community is legendary. Over the last eight years I’ve reading about their work in relation to physical theatre and performing failure. When I was tasked with exploring the work, “How Dear to me The Hour Daylight Dies”, I found tremendous influence in the choreography of the piece and how the group worked together as a unit. Through specific routine, the troupe pounded the gymnasium floor in chaotic unison and grasped the meaning of each individual moment. In heroic demeanor, the group seemingly unravels the truths of being. This is what inspires me about their work. In real time, and through the body they are methodically tackling, in soft-precision, the potential of four bodies working together to modestly demystify the complex rhythms of life. 

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