August 24 – 27  @ 7:00 PM

Links Hall at Constellation
3111 N. Western (Map)

$12 Single Night
$20 Weekend Pass

SET FREE is the culminating performance of a six-month progress in performance series for artists working within SET composition and FREE improvisation.  Over time the structure has increased awareness and appreciation for each individual’s creative process and provided a space for emerging and experienced makers to weave their studio and performance practices together in developing this work.   Artist and audience exchange was vital to the life of the series and we invite you to join us now for the final performances. 

Thursday and Saturday features J’Sun Howard’s new work Better Versions of Prayers and an evening of Evergreen, a duo devised by bassist Katie Ernst and dancer Jessica Marasa.

Friday and Sunday presents PlayGround from the long standing collaborators Brave Soul Movement along with a new devised work titled We Are A LightHouse created under the direction of Lindsey Barlag Thornton in collaboration with Corey Smith, Udita Upadhyaya, Amanda Dunne Acevedo, Alexis Atwill, Audrey Polinski, Ethan Parcell, Izah Ransohoff, Jasmine Jordan, Jon Penick & Jordan Harris.

Join us for a single night or purchase a weekend pass and attend any two nights of your own making. 

Better Versions of Prayers
(Thursday, August 24)

Choreographed by J’Sun Howard

Thursday, August 24: Performed by J’Sun Howard, Dedrick “Deddy Bank” Gray & William Harris
Saturday, August 26: Performed by Damon Green

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.  



(Thursday, August 24 & Saturday, August 26)

Composed and Improvised by Katie Ernst & Jessica Marasa

Evergreen 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.  



(Friday, August 25 & Sunday, August 27)

Choreographed and Performed by 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.


We Are A LightHouse

(Friday, August 25 & Sunday, August 27)

A new devised performance directed by Lindsey Barlag Thornton with Corey Smith & Udita Upadhyaya. Devised and performed by Alexis Atwill, Audrey Polinski, Ethan Parcell, Izah Ransohoff, Jasmine Henri Jordan, Jordan Harris & Udita Upadhyaya. Music Composition: Corey Smith.
Devising Assistance: Amanda Dunne Acevedo & Jon Penick.

Seven performers interweave movement, voice, and image to create a performance of wistful celebrations and shared failures, of missed connection and found togetherness.