PRESS RELEASE: In here, we are whole

By on March 8, 2013


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Lauren Warnecke
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In here, we are whole: an evening of dances featuring works by

Francesca Bourgault, Ashley Deran, Lauren Warnecke and Jessie Young

at Links Hall, April 19-21, 2013

Chicago, IL – In here, we are whole was initially imagined by Chicago-based dancer/choreographer/lighting designer/technical director/producer Francesca Bourgault.  As an extension of her monthly Works-In-Progress series Fraction: Dance In Progress, …Whole is a shared bill between four of Chicago’s emerging choreographers who are finishing what they started.  Having only a previous participation in Fraction in common, these four women and their work had not crossed paths until this convening.  The through-line of the concert is not in the work, but the approach.  Each choreographer is committed to thorough investigations and longer processes in developing a work, and invested in creating a wholly unique atmosphere in each of her works.  The evening spans the gamut of emotions, from distressing and dark, to joyful and carefree, to ambivalent and obscure.  What these emerging choreographers have in common, if anything, is the ability to transform a blank white space into rich environments that are more than just movement. In here, we are whole is a four-course meal of dance; each item on the plate is from a different food group, but together the meal is delicious.


Described by The Examiner as “stark and potent”, Jessie Young’s ASHleigh is an ongoing work that doesn’t stop here.  The use of props, light, and costume create a warped and forsaken world – a funeral procession of previous versions of self. An extended version of ASHleigh premieres this May in her first attempt at self-producing an evening-length concert.  After a year’s investigation of 50’s housewives in the 2011-12 work Grind, dance writer Lauren Warnecke (dubbed “Jill-of-all-Trades” by Windy City Times) puts down her pen to continue her fascination with abstracted nostalgia and personae in a premiere that offers a light-hearted look at various interpretations of home.  Ashley Deran presents three shorter works, including a probing look at social conditioning and daily habits in Minu5 one, and a restaging of the 2011 Dystonia. Bourgault also premieres two new works, both solos unless you count the life-sized metal cube she incorporates into the pair of dances.


In here, we are whole runs Friday and Saturday April 19 and 20 at 8pm, and Sunday April 21 at 7pm. Tickets are $10-20 (sliding scale). All performances are located at Link’s Hall / Constellation Chicago located at 3111 N. Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, IL.  For more information call 773.281.0824, or purchase tickets online at:





Surface sets out to begin exploration of a new apparatus, a human-sized cube of pipe. Surface is a solo in which Bourgault is choreographer, dancer, and sound-designer.


Through investigation of silent films, classical ballet, and the wild world of circus, BTB aims to delight with frills. BTB is a solo in which Bourgault is choreographer, dancer, and sound-designer.




Set in an off-kilter world of restriction, Dystonia (2011, Chicago Premiere) explores the censorship of movement and the body’s natural fight or flight instinct. Dancers performing are: Jess Duffy, Kathryn Hetrick, Chelsie Jackson, Kelly Ann Kakaley, Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone, Marley Schmidt


Minu5 one (World Premiere) is a study influenced by social conditioning and daily habits. Dancers performing are: Jess Duffy, Kathryn Hetrick, Chelsie Jackson, Kelly Ann Kakaley, and Marley Schmidt


A solo that is high on life, Stupid Happy (World Premiere) is just for those days when conquering the world seems like it could be easily accomplished before breakfast. Dancer performing is Marley Schmidt



Home is a distorted glance into the concept of “home”.  From the suburban construct to ladies’ handbags, perceptions of what home is vary as much as the people who live in them.  Nostalgic, superficial, and bizarre, Home turns a mirror toward the audience to reflect on what, who, and where our homes are. Dancers performing are: Katie Matteson, Laura Tennal, Vienna Willems


WORK BY JESSIE YOUNG (Work In Progress):

The root of the title ASHleigh is “ashes” – that is the central concept of this work. We are meeting the performers in a space where they are remnants of their past life, coping with the inevitable loss of who they were.  Dancers performing are: Lauren Bisio, Erin Kilmurray, Christopher Knowlton, Sarah Mitchell, Mikey Rioux, and Amanda Timm



Francesca Bourgault works in the dance community like that guy works in the button factory: She’s got a hand or a foot always creating from designing lights and producing to teaching and performing. Since moving to Chicago in 2009 after graduating with a BA in Dance from Western Michigan University, she has enjoyed (not) being seen with The Moving Architects, Esoteric Dance Project, The Knot, Thodos Dance Chicago and as technical director at Links Hall. Francesca’s lighting for Commissura by Julia Rae Antonick was listed on the Top Lighting Designs for Dance: 2011 in Review by Time Out Chicago. When not designing, Francesca enjoys teaching dance at Belle Plaine Studio, hanging upside down, and playing with yarn through knitting and crocheting for her Etsy shop, Love, Francesca.


Ashley Deran received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance from Western Michigan University.  During her time there she had the pleasure of working with many world-renowned guest artists such as Autumn Eckman, Jason McDole, Amanda McKerrow, and Willy Shives.  Ashley has been awarded numerous scholarships including the Jean Warner Labelle Endowed Dance Scholarship and the Wendy L. Cornish Dance Scholarship.  She was also the recipient of the CFA 40th Anniversary Legacy Grant for collaborative art and was the 2012 Presidential Scholar for Dance.  Recently, Ashley has started her own photography business, A.Deran Photography.   When she isn’t choreographing, dancing, or teaching in the Chicago area, Ashley loves exercising her brain with critical thinking games, reading classic novels, blasting her music at outrageous volumes, and playing scrabble.


Lauren Warnecke is a Chicago-based dance artist, writer, and educator.  She holds degrees in Dance (BA, ’03) and Kinesiology (MS, ’09) and is currently a full-time Clinical Instructor for the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Created in 2009, Lauren owns and operates Art Intercepts: a platform for dance-based discourse through which she produces online content for dancers, live performances, and curates PRODUCE, an annual dance, music, and audience experiment.  She is a contributing author/blogger at Dance Advantage, 4dancers, The Huffington Post, and The L Stop.  Lauren also freelances as a production/stage manager, curator, independent choreographer, and grant writer.  Her work has been present by Links Hall (’10-’11) and Synapse Arts (’09). Additionally, she is a Certified Grade III Teacher through the Cecchetti Council of America and a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine.  Lauren enjoys hiking, baking scones, and digging in the dirt, is a Master Composter, and is obsessed with 1950’s housewives.  For more information, visit or follow Lauren on Twitter @artintercepts.


Jessie Young is a Chicago-based performer, choreographer, teacher & photographer with a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. She currently works as dancer with Julie Mayo (NYC), Khecari Dance Theater & Kristina Isabelle Dance Company, most recently working with The Moving Architects, The Space/Movement Project, Cindy Brandle Dance Company & The Seldoms.  Her choreography has been featured by The Inconvenience, Links Hall and Chicago Dance Crash (Duets for My Valentine), featured in Dance Festival Northwest (Centralia, WA), the Festival International Teatro Susana Alexander (FISTA), Puebla, MX, and by AT&T for promotional performances in the greater Chicagoland area.  She has performed internationally in France, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Mexico and China.  In addition to her professional dance career, Jessie has had numerous photography exhibits and contributes promotional photos to many dance and artistic ventures in the city.  In addition to her project with ASHleigh, she is currently working with Kristina Isabelle Dance Company (Chicago) and choreographer and director Julie Mayo (NYC); choreographing a new work for The LABoratory Dancers to premiere at Seattle’s Velocity Dance Center (June 2013), and collaborating with Stephanie Acosta for “Dances Made to Order” (premiering in May 2013). Jessie is an artist in residence for the Chicago Public Schools through The Old Town School of Folk Music, teaching movement and yoga classes and works as an event photographer for Time Out Chicago.


Links Hall / Constellation Chicago is located at 3111 N. Western, Chicago, IL. For more information on Links Hall call 773.281.0824 or visit

Links Hall encourages artistic innovation and public engagement by maintaining a facility and providing flexible programming for the research, development and presentation of new work in the performing arts.

Links Hall is supported by Alphawood Foundation, AllState Insurance Company, Arts Midwest, Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development, The Boeing Company, The Chicago Community Trust, Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation, The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, James S. Kemper Foundation, Lisa Dershin Creative Dance Fund, MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, National Performance Network, The Weasel Fund and many individuals.


Links Hall’s Performance Series is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; and a CityArts Program 2 grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.



WHAT:            In here, we are whole, featuring new dances by Chicago-based emerging                                                 dancemakers

WHO:                        Choreography by Francesca Bourgault, Ashley Deran, Lauren Warnecke and                                     Jessie Young.  Additional performers include Vienna Willems, Katie Matteson,                                     Laura Tennal, Lauren Bisio, Erin Kilmurray, Christopher Knowlton, Sarah                                     Mitchell, Mikey Rioux, Amanda Timm, Francesca Bourgault

WHEN:            Friday and Saturday April 19 and 20 at 8pm, and Sunday April 21 at 7pm

WHERE:              Links Hall, address TBD

HOW MUCH: Tickets are available for $10-20 (sliding scale) online at or at the door.

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