The Embedded Writers Program (EWP) is the brainchild of Ginger Farley, executive director of the Chicago Dancemakers Forum. As a decades-long member of the Chicago dance / performance communities, Ginger has recognized a need for deep engagement between dance makers and writers in Chicago. This program is an initiative towards that goal whereby we pair a writer—who is also a practicing artist, curator, cultural producer, and/or all of the above—with a dance maker while they are in the process of making a new work. Together they share space, process, dialogue, reflection, and creation.
The 2020 embedded writers were chosen by dance / performance makers—Nejla Yatkin, Jumaane Taylor, and Jenn “Po’Chop” Freeman— in collaboration with the Performance Response Journal and the Chicago Dancemaker’s Forum. Their time together was made possible by CDF’s production residencies in partnership with the Dance Center of Columbia College and the Rebuild Foundation. Additional financial support for the EWP was provided by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and individual donations.
The 2020 Embedded Writers
Yoshinojo Fujima (a.k.a. Rika Lin), is a shin-nisei, a part of postwar Japanese American diaspora, an interdisciplinary performing artist, teacher, choreographer, and curator. A Grandmaster in Fujima style Japanese classical dance, Yoshinojo blends traditional aesthetics with contemporary music and movement practices to make dance pieces relevant with 21st century ideas of roles and identity. Yoshinojo crafts contemporary awareness with identity and tradition. Her projects stem from traditional pedagogy, lulling people into believing what at first appears to be a traditional presentation, but is in fact a transgression filled with subtle expressions of humor and protest. Yoshinojo Fujima is working with Nejla Yatkin.
Adam Zanolini is a multi-instrumentalist, ethnomusicologist, and arts organizer based in Chicago. He received his PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2016. He is the Executive Director of Elastic Arts Foundation in Chicago and former Associate Director of Arts for Art, inc., presenter of the annual Vision Festival of avant-jazz in New York City. He is also co-founder of the Participatory Music Coalition (PMC) and the current Treasurer of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). Adam performs most frequently with the PMC, SuRa Dupart’s SidePocket Experience, and with the AACM’s Great Black Music Ensemble. Adam Zanolini is working with Jumaane Taylor.
Peter Taub is a curator and arts manager with a strong commitment to developing and producing artist-centered projects in the performing and visual arts. He cofounded Chicago Dancemakers Forum, and was the founding director of the performing arts program at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago from 1996 – 2016. While at MCA, he established the New Works Initiative to support artists with creative residencies and commissions. Prior to MCA, he led Randolph Street Gallery, an artist-run center focused on socially- and politically-engaged exhibitions, performances, installations, and public art. Peter Taub is working with Jenn “Po’ Chop” Freeman.