Choreographer Sara Wookey has had a foot in two worlds for a while. An American, she moved to Amsterdam in the mid-90s and moved back to the United States a decade later–Los Angeles, in fact, so the U.S. in spades. Long interested in the effect physical spaces have on an individual’s kinesthetic sense, she started thinking about being a pedestrian in a city where everyone drives: bombarded with imagery, especially the giant billboards, she felt small and undefined and looked for places that mirrored her own loss of identity. The result was the solo Walking LA, performed by Alina Cutrono against a backdrop of projected photos from Wookey’s walks. Also on the program is Love’s Geography: Revisited, made when Wookey was living in Europe. Very spare, this 35-minute solo uses text from performance scholar Peggy Phelan’s published “love letter” to two cities and is set to a score by Seamus Cater, mixed live. Fri-Sat 5/26-5/27, 8 PM, Sun 5/28, 7 PM, Link’s Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield, 773-281-0824, $10-$15. A free symposium Saturday at 2 PM, moderated by Jeff Abell, includes presentations by performance troupe Lucky Pierre and architect Jeanne Gang, among others, on the relationship between city and self.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Sergio Gridelli.