Andrea L. Wukitsch - AXOLOTL: MASTERS OF REGENERATION
Sunday, May 19, 6:30-7:30PM
Monday, May 20, 6:30-7:30PM
Doors open at 6PM both nights. Free and open to the public - all are welcome!
AXOLOTL: MASTERS OF REGENERATION is an original contemporary dance piece by Andrea L. Wukitsch, Joel Hall’s former student, exploring the journey through the broken heart of the Black woman and the ways in which she must regenerate herself to remain whole.
Andrea has been in residence for two months at Experimental Station through the Stillwell Institute for Contemporary Black Art, led by its founder/director Carla Stillwell. The residency paired Andrea with a mentor, Joel Hall, who provided feedback on the development of the piece as well as led a free master class for Andrea and a handful of other emerging dancers.
This project is made possible through support from the the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the Field Foundation, and the Stillwell Institute for Contemporary Black Art.
The Stillwell Institute for Contemporary Black Art’s mission is to recruit, develop and support contemporary Black artist and to teach art making in the Black community as a healing practice, a vehicle for social change and a viable career opportunity. For more information, visit: https://www.thestillwellinstitute.org
Andrea L. Wukitsch is an actor, dancer, writer and performance artist who has worked within Chicago's theatre scene for over 15 years. Her work has graced the stages of Black Ensemble Theatre, Chocolate Chips, eta Creative Arts Foundation, Open Door Re, MPAACT and Bailiwick Theatre. Upon the birth of her children, she delved into the world of storytelling. Current works include: Olivia in the Constellation of Life, Refi Cule, Between Wake & Sleep and AXOLOTL and The Tale of the Seven Sons. This year, the short screenplay 'The Tale of Seven Sons' was an official selection of 2018 Hollyshorts Film Festival. This short is currently scheduled to shoot 2019.
During the past 40 years, Hall has achieved an international reputation for his Dance Company and acclaim as a choreographer whose work; in his own unique dance style based in jazz, expresses a rich vocabulary embracing both the classical and modern dance idioms. Joel founded the Joel Hall Dancers & Center in Chicago in 1974. Mr. Hall also served as one of Mayor Harold Washington’s international ambassadors for the arts.“Jazz dance at it’s best” says Dance Magazine.