(progress in performance)

Fourth Mondays  @ 7:00 PM
February 27 | March 27 | April 24 | May 22 | June 26

Culminating Show
August 24 – 27 @ 7:00 PM

Links Hall at Constellation
3111 N. Western (Map)

$5 (tickets)

SET FREE  is produced by The Watering Can and Links Hall and supports the progression of creative work through performance.

Recognizing that public performance delivers different discoveries than those found in the studio, SET FREE creates the possibility for one’s studio and performance practices to be interwoven as an artist’s project progresses over time.

A SET FREE residency at Links Hall includes five Monday evening showings shared amongst four artists each receiving 25 minutes per evening to repeat and revisit the development of their work.  The series ends with one final weekend performance split amongst all four artists involved.

To increase awareness and appreciation among artists working with SET composition and FREE improvisation, this structure encourages emerging and experienced makers to prioritize the process of understanding one’s own overlapping practices to be, in and of itself, the final destination.

Participating artists in the 2017 series are J’Sun Howard, Jessica Marasa & Katie Ernst, BraveSoul Movement, and Lindsey Barlag Thornton.

Tea and light snacks will be served at each performance.



J’Sun Howard

Working on Better Versions of Prayers

Working on Better Versions of Prayers makes a charismatic space for black boy joy. A poetic testimony that miracles erupt at any moment. Through self-portraits, ecstasy, and forms of floating–disappearing, hollowing, and possession–this work also flirts with notions of divine radical presence and how it holyficates.  



Katie Ernst & Jessica Marasa


takes inspiration from the trees whose leaves remain year round.  With this life giving strategy at heart, bassist Katie Ernst and Jessica Marasa use their improvisational interests to practice the possibility of continuity.  This possibility employs the process of shedding one’s will and increasing one’ willingness to trust the life in each moment as it arises, remains and passes away.  



Brave Soul Movement


PlayGround digs into the art of play as the basis for discovering, challenging and breaking boundaries of the physical, mental and spiritual world.   Rooted in participatory action, this work seeks to provoke dialogue, stimulate the senses, and foster energetic states of delight.



Lindsey Barlag Thornton

We Are A LightHouse

This piece builds upon Lindsey’s interests in the metaphysical and existential through an examination of our daily lives that we live out alone, together—and sometimes both, simultaneously—here on earth and beyond.  This interdisciplinary work is devised in collaboration with artists Corey Smith, Udita Upadhyaya, Amanda Dunne Acevedo, Alexis Atwill, Audrey Polinski, Ethan Parcell, Izah Ransohoff, Jasmine Jordan, Jon Penick & Jordan Harris.


Click Here for All SET FREE 2017 Artist Bios.