The J e l l o Performance Series

The J e l l o Performance  strives for full artist visibility and inclusivity. Art-making takes a lot of time, space and money. We provide a safe environment and welcoming performance space for artists to experiment, create, risk and try! As a J e l l o artist, you have access to a performance space, production/lighting resources and a very supportive audience. This is a great opportunity whether you are an emerging choreographer or an established artist. Previous J e l l o artists have shown works from the past, works in progress as well as excerpts from current work. There have even been collaborations involving other art forms (ie. Movement and Music)! We also provide, FREE videographic and photographic footage!

If you would like to present your work in a J e l l o, check out the J e l l o Portal for upcoming shows! No artist or their work will be turned away as long as YOU believe that the J e l l o platform is a good fit for you!

The Story

The J e l l o Performance Series was founded in January of 2017 by performance artist, Jessica Cornish. After two very successful shows at Links Hall, Jessica passed the series to Tuli Bera and Carla Gruby (previous team member). The series has continued to grow, reaching its one year anniversary in January of 2018 and producing a total of 13 shows. The series is still housed by Links Hall. In May of 2017, Tuli Bera formed and solidified a relationship with Elastic Arts. Bera is continuing to expand the series throughout Chicago and beyond!

What is the series working on now?

After creating and establishing the J e l l o Performance Series as an online presence through this website and Facebook, we felt that there was more that J e l l o could do and be. Tuli Bera and Brice Hartmann worked together to create the J e l l o Portal. This user-friendly web application has helped organize the series with a focus in efficiency. We want to expand on this merging of two contrasting disciplines, Software and Performance Art. Who knows, maybe the  J e l l o Performance Series will become its own social media platform!

Tuli Bera

Tuli Bera is an artist based in Chicago. She values a community that is well integrated and inclusive. She is constantly finding ways to be involved in as many sectors of the Dance community as possible. As a first-generation Indian-American her movement practice focuses on and questions the duality of her cultural upbringing and dance herstory.

She received her BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  She is currently a dancer and collaborator with Project Ishti led by Preeti Veerlapati and Kinnari Vora.  Ishti’s collaborations and productions focus on the interconnectedness within a culture and community. Tuli also works as Aerial Dance Chicago’s program coordinator. Here she is responsible for maintaining and managing administrative aspects of the dance school and company. Recently, Tuli  started writing for the Online Arts-zine, Picture This Post as a volunteer dance writer. Read some of her articles here!

Sarah Stearn

Sarah Stearn is a native of Chicago and a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BFA in Dance.

Alongside her technique classes and rehearsal processes, she immersed herself in learning about videography: documenting performances, collaborating on dance films, and creating promotional materials (videos and posters). This became the lens through which Sarah visualizes, processes, and understands movement and choreography. From there, she moves and makes to stimulate the senses and calm the mind.

Currently, she is also a volunteer dance writer for online Arts-Zine, Picture this Post, and is a dance instructor at the Irving Park YMCA.

Brice Hartmann

Brice Hartmann is a software engineer living in Chicago, IL driven by passion, curiosity, and coffee.

Brice loves to code and does so almost every day; always honing his craft and being thrilled by the challenge of a new problem to solve. There are appropriate tools for any job and he enjoys using them all. He’s always learning new and better ways of doing things and can never wait to apply new knowledge!

Wondering how things work and how they can be improved, usually with software or some other technology, is a lot of what Brice thinks about. No matter the topic, when it comes to technology he feels enthralled by the details and intricacies of what it takes to make something work.