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Mystical Bootcamp is a ritual performance journey into the vortex.

Mystical Bootcamp is a dance-theater piece directed by Aurora Tabar and Sara Zalek in collaboration with Bryan Saner and Charlie Universe. We have been developing the piece for the past four months while in residence at Links Hall in Chicago. Drawing from a broad range of sources from nationalist mass calisthenics regiments to shamanism and vortex legends, we investigate how creating a performance can itself be an act of healing. We invite the audience into a ritual performance journey into the vortex. With dance, masks, storytelling, and sonic vibrations, we invoke a transformation.

Our piece premieres March 30, 31, and April 1 at Links Hall.

We are raising money to pay our performers as well as to pay for costumes, props, and marketing materials.

We have been documenting our thoughts, reflections, and source materials on our blog, www.mysticalbootcamp.wordpress.com

Charlie Malave aka Charlie Universe is a musician, soundmaker, recording maker, and general collaborator. He flirts with a lot of ideas and is excited to be working with Aurora, Bryan, and Sara on this project.

Bryan Saner is an interdisciplinary art practitioner focusing on the creation of performances, activist art events and appropriately designed objects. He has made a long-term commitment to collaborate closely with artists and activists in developing alternative creative, educational and economic communities, both in and outside of existing established systems. Embracing pedagogy as integral to his practice, he teaches workshops, mentors and lectures locally, nationally and internationally on the subject of performance, the body, neighborhood design, movement and collaboration.

Aurora Tabar is an interdisciplinary artist, teacher, and healer who is concerned with bodily awareness and the physical inter-connectivity between individuals. For the past six years she has worked collaboratively to create public actions, site-specific performances and installations around Chicago and beyond. Inspired by the life and work of individuals such as Jack Smith, Tatsumi Hijikata, and Teching Hsieh, she studies the line between art and life and the possibility for transformation, both for performers and witnesses. Currently she is a teaching artist through the Hyde Park Art Center, where she combines visual arts training and movement as a foundation for individual expression and creative problem solving skills. She is studying to be a yoga teacher at Tejas Yoga and practices Traditional Thai Massage.

Sara (Thompson) Zalek is a performance artist, designer, poet, dreamer. She has been privately documenting her thoughts, drawings, and dreams in journals that span her life. Primarily, she is obsessed with the body in crisis, the hope of transformation, and the regeneration of energy through movement. She tasks herself with performing radical adventures in order to become the storyteller, the witness, and the inspirator. She has worked on solo, collaborative, and ensemble works that re-create mythology, rituals, and fairy tales. She builds community through art practice. www.saratonin.com

Kickstarter video created by the lovely and wonderful Rustel Weiss. All promotional photos captured by the talented Rachel Tredon. Spoken text from A Sheltering Sky  directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, written and spoken by Paul Bowles.

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