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Theatre & Performing Arts

“Ofrendas en Sinestesia; experiments in shared dance rituals” by Co-MISSION Curator Marcela Torres

In collaboration with Links Hall and community partner El Paseo Community Garden, Co-MISSION curator Marcela Torres presents “Ofrendas en Sinestesia; experiments in shared dance rituals,” June 2 and 3 at Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave. including a series of outdoor dance workshops at the El Paseo Community Garden, 944 W 21st St., June 9 and 10 from 5 – 10 p.m. The 2022-2023 Co-MISSION Curators-in-Residence invite artists from their communities to present new or existing performance work both at Links Hall and a neighborhood location outside of a formal theater environment. Links Hall’s Co-MISSION Curatorial Residency Program is partially supported by a CityArts Project grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.


Marcela Torres’ project “Ofrendas en Sinestesia; experiments in shared dance rituals” considers how communities in Pilsen and Little Village practice spirituality as ancestral technology and create contemporary storytelling through transcendent dance. The artists will blend together different cultures and their forms of ancestral connection. Indoor performances at Links Hall include dance and storytelling rooted in ceremonial research and collective practice.


At the El Paseo Community Garden events, Torres will curate an outdoor series of dance workshops, inviting artists–including Izayo Mazehualli and Kinniari Vora–to present traditional dances and assist in fire services. Members of the public are invited to join the artists, exploring how diasporas living in the United States create new viewpoints and new genres of performance.


All events are ticketed on an income-based sliding-scale donation. Attendees are encouraged to buy online advance tickets to support turnout and accommodate access needs. All donations help fund the revitalization and reopening of the Rizal Center, a Philippine community center located in Lakeview, which closed in 2017. For tickets and more information, visit


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