Thank heaven for Links Hall. The organization (now housed at the new Constellation space, formerly the Viaduct Theater on Western) provides the kind of support for new and off-Loop creative work that artists (and audiences) move to big cities for. The next big/small thing builds off Link’s LinkUp, Associate Artist and Apprentice Producer programs, giving former participants the chance to work together and take the show on the road to other Midwest cities, while bringing in guest artists to share a program here in Chicago. The first iteration will be a split bill between Chicago’s Synapse Arts Collective, driven by choreographer Rachel Damon, and a partnership between Minneapolis-based choreographer Penelope Freeh and composer Jocelyn Hagen. Damon worked with sound artist Russell Weiss and projection designer Julia Miller to create “Swath,” an exploration of the tensions between our animal instincts and our urbane, urban existence. With “Slippery Fish,” Freeh and Hagen each created structured, yet open-ended sequences for their quartet—two dancers, a soprano and a viola—to riff from. Hagen’s aleatoric score, consisting of five separate sections for each musician to play at their individual will, ensures no two performances are alike. (Sharon Hoyer)
At Constellation, 3111 North Western. Friday-Sunday, June 7-9 at 7pm. $15. Tickets at linkshall.org.