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new year greetings…

allowing for newness. embracing firsts. and a return to the blog!

2016 marks my 25th anniversary!

25 years dedicated to making, being involved in live arts. To celebrate this milestone, I will be exploring new ways to engage the beautiful folks within community that have been and continue to be part of my creative world.


new name
This past year I legally changed my name to barak adé soleil.  for those who have come to know me as “Baraka de Soleil”, please note this transition for future reference.  with the new shift in name, comes a new look for the blog; encouraging access for varied folks. join me in welcoming this newness!

new residency
I’m the choreographer-in-residence for Rebuild Foundation!  This opportunity allows me to build a studio practice on south side of Chicago and cultivate community. I will be maintaining regular hours on Wednesdays at Rebuild’s Dorchester Art+Housing Collaborative space. Look for programs related to this residency in the coming month!

new fellowship residency
Aligned with Rebuild’s residency and 2015 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Award, I will be  further developing  what the body knows as a new fellowship residency recipient through 3Arts and University of Illinois Chicago! This residency is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts to 3Arts. The 3Arts Fellowships at UIC are the result of a partnership between 3Arts, Bodies of Work, and UIC’s Department of Disability and Human Development.

what’s coming up:

February 19th, the “good” body (Chicago Edition)
Friday, February 19th (2 – 4 PM)
Gallery 400, Lecture Room

the “good” body (Chicago edition) is a performative lecture centered within the intersection of disability and race.  Through this multifaceted lens,  I offer personal insights and poetics excavated from a deep engagement with the profound traditions of the African diaspora, disability culture and their interwoven aesthetic; instigating further dialog surrounding the current social and political tensions present today.  As a queer disabled artist of color, i’m committed to exposing the nuances of the intersectional body as an inherent reflection of humanity; while questioning the historical contexts in which live art is created and interpreted.

Please RSVP for the “good” body (Chicago edition) at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/performative-lecture-the-good-body-chicago-edition-by-barak-ade-soleil-tickets-20917369415?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing

February 26 – 28th, the black | body with Montreal’s Dana Michel
Continuing my current  curatorial project the black | body, international artist Dana Michel will be coming to Chicago!  She will be presenting her solo, Yellow Towel, on Friday & Saturday, February 26-27, 7pm at Storefront Theatre in downtown; as part of Department of Cultural Affairs’ On Edge Series. In conjunction with the performances, Dana will also be engaging in a public dialog session (Open Dances) on Saturday at 1pm and, as part of Illinois Humanities Council’s community programming, offering a workshop on Sunday.


*above image by Onyx from solo “turttle”.



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