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Secret History of Love, GenderFest at Links Hall
From a news release
2012-09-17

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The Secret History of Love. Photo by Lydia Daniller


Chicago, IL — Links Hall is proud to be included on the national tour of The Secret History of Love, which will be performed in cities including Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, San Antonio, and more! From 1920's speakeasies to wartime love affairs to steamy underground cabarets, the "love that dared not speak its name" explodes onstage in this powerful dance theater production by award-winning transgender trailblazer Sean Dorsey. Sean Dorsey will unveil secret love affairs, the history of outlawing love and the underground ways that LGBT people managed to find — and love — each other in decades past. The Secret History of Love runs October 25 — 27. Thurs, Fri & Sat at 8pm / Pre-show at 7:30pm. Tickets: $15 General Admission/ $12 online / $10 Students & Seniors. Prior to the performance, as part of GenderFest, will be a grouping of works created by transgender and queer artists curated by Rebecca Kling in partnership with Pride Films and Plays. Additionally, and then there were two... (Inspired by Sean Dorsey Dance's the Secret History of Love), will be screened for the first time! For more information call 773.281.0824, or purchase tickets online at www.LinksHall.org .

GenderFest Pre-Show

Curated by: Rebecca Kling

As part of GenderFest, a sampling of works created by transgender and queer artists will set the stage for the Secret History of Love. Each evening will highlight a different artist, followed by the screening of and then there were two... (Inspired by Sean Dorsey Dance's the Secret History of Love),

Thursday, October 25 @ 7:30pm

Spoken Word by: Ellie Navidson

Ellie Navidson is a self-described radical tranny faggot. She lives in Chicago and writes essays and poetry. Much of her work explores gender, normativity, radical visibility, and self-awareness. Ellie works to incorporate vulnerability and non-violence into his life while they strive for social justice. Ellie is all about empowerment, brave honesty, and growth. More essays and contact information can be found at personal blog:invisiblyqueer.tumblr.com .

Friday, October 26 @ 7:30pm

Excerpt from Rebirth by: YEPP (Youth Empowerment Performance Project)

"The mission of YEPP is to seek a safe environment for street-based lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth to explore their history, investigate new ways to address their struggles and to celebrate their strengths through the process of developing a theatrical performance piece."

YEPP shares and excerpt from "Rebirth" their new stage performance which debuts at Links Hall September 14 — 16.

Saturday, October 27 @ 7:30pm

Spoken Word by: KOKUMO

KOKUMO hails from the south side of Chicago. She holds a bachelor of arts in individualized curriculum with a concentration in psychology from Chicago State University. As founder of KOKUMOMEDIA she uses artivism (art and activism) to create awareness pertaining to TGI (trans, gender non-conforming, and intersex) people of color. She is the founder of T.G.I.F. (Trans, GNC, and Intersex Freedom) the first trans pride of the Chicago. KOKUMO is building a catalyst for TGI liberation via literature and performance art.

October 25-27

and then there were two... (Inspired by Sean Dorsey Dance's the Secret History of Love)

produced by: Links Hall

Bringing to life "true life fairy tales," one short video will be screened each evening prior to the performance. Illustrating a creative collage of LGBTQ love stories, each video will consist of different interviews from Chicagoans, uncovering tales of love and amplifying their experiences as LGBTQ couples of all ages.


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