SALTY LARK DANCE is joined by Philadelphia based, The Naked Stark, in a concert of dance works by 
Madeleine Reber and Katherine Kiefer Stark

Links Hall   Chicago   November 3rd-5th   7:00pm

Pre-Sale Tickets: $15 Online through Thursday November 2nd

Tickets Online or at the Door November 3rd-5th: $20 

Over the past ten years, choreographers Madeleine Reber (SALTY LARK DANCE) and Katherine Kiefer Stark (The Naked Stark) have sustained an ongoing dialog about creative process, movement, and aesthetics. Stark and Reber share many values – artistically, socially, politically, bodily. We make work that speaks to human experience and hope to provoke thought, but beyond that we want to touch the whole person, to invite the audience on a transformative journey. This year we bring our work together to cross-pollinate ideas and dance making between our two cities.

SALTY LARK DANCE presents the Chicago premiere of Bones and Trains along with Lighthouse and Parachutes in our Pockets. These works allude to voyage and navigation, and contemplate the mechanisms, crafts, and ideas that get us from here to there. Layering intricate gestural composition and poignant imagery, they do not follow linear narratives, but reverberate with the substance of human experience.

The Naked Stark brings two new works for its Chicago debut, Power Suite and What’s in a name? Dynamic momentum-based phrasing propels dancers through space in these works reflecting Stark’s interest in the construction and possibilities for deconstruction of ourselves, our values, and our social norms. Featuring four dancers clinging, ducking, grabbing real and perceived resources, Power Suite examines power as an entity and identity. What’s in a name? is the newest work in Stark’s excavation of herself. 


Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Natalia Alarcón (SLD) is an independent artist, choreographer and dance educator. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago where she earned a BA in Dance Performance. She began her training in ballet and modern in Orlando, FL under the direction of Eliza Harwood-Watson and Leah Marke. She is a founding member of The Coincidentals, a choreographic collective based in Chicago and has recently collaborated and performed with several Chicago dance companies including The Dance COLEctive and Khecari. Other recent performances include Mess Hall by The Coincidentals and works  by Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Parijat Desai Dance Company and Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago. 

Megan Beseth (SLD) is a dancer, choreographer and attorney eagerly blending these passions to generate dance in Chicago. She holds a BFA in Dance from Ohio University (2002) and a JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law (2008) where she served as an editor of the Law Review. She is a contributing choreographer and dancer with Shelter Repertory Dance Theater and was a founding member of Core Project Chicago, where she danced in national tours with the company for nearly a decade. Megan is a 2015 recipient of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) 2015 Individual Artist Program (IAP) Grant for Professional Development.

Sean Thomas Boyt (TNS) is a newly-Philadelphia-based dancer and choreographer.  He is currently collaborating with Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet, stb x at, Anne-Marie Mulgrew & Dancers Co, and The Naked Stark. In the past he has danced for Ballet Minnesota, Antonia & Artists, Moving ArtsEnsemble, Vervet Dance, Dancers in Company, and various independent choreographers. By using performance as a vehicle for art-making, Sean is interested in finding new ways to ask questions and upcycling old methods to create different perspectives within dance as a medium. 

Leanne Grieger (TNS) is originally from Long Island, NY. She has trained at the Ailey School (NY) and at the MarthaGraham School of Contemporary Dance (NY). In 2006, she relocated to Philadelphia to attend the University of the Arts, and graduated in2010 with her BFA is Modern Dance Performance. She has worked with IdiosynCrazy Productions, Group Motion, Brian Sanders' Junk, Melina Martin (Argentina), Wally Cardona, NY), Raphael Xavier, John Luna, Gabrielle Revlock, and Nicole Bindler. Her choreography has been shown at Philly PARD's "Mixed Grille", Hybridge Arts Collective "Last Mondays", Group Motion's "Spiel Uhr", among others. In addition to The Naked Stark, Leanne is currently a performer with Cardell Dance Theater, Curt Haworth Movement and Performance, Choreosplat Dance Works, and ArcheDream for HUMANKIND.

Kelsey Herbst (SLD) is a dancer and choreographer originally from North Carolina. She graduated from Elon University with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography and a BA in Dance Science. During her studies at Elon she performed works by John Leher, Leslie Scott, Renay Aumiller, and Larry Keigwin. She performed and toured with Natalie Marrone and The Dance Cure during her time in North Carolina. Since moving to Chicago she has worked with Salty Lark Dance, Jason Torres Hancock, and Brian Humpries. 

Kathryn Hetrick (SLD) began her pre-professional dance training at Oakland University. As a member of the Repertory Dance Company, she performed works by John Lehrer, Lori Eisenhower, Shane O’Hara, Michael Foley and Ginger Thatcher. Wanting to expand her dance training further, Kathryn transferred to Western Michigan University, where she worked with world-renowned choreographers including Arturo Fernandez and Jason McDole. Kathryn has performed for multiple choreographers, including a world premiere work by Rodney A. Brown as a member of the Brown Dance Project in 2008. Since moving to Chicago, Kathryn has worked with Esoteric Dance Project, assisting with their creative process during a Chicago Cultural Center residency, and performing for EPD’s winter concert Shift/Ed. As a member of Project Bound she can be seen performing across the city of Chicago.

Marisa Illingworth (TNS) a recent graduate from The University of the Arts with a BFA in Dance, is a dance artist in Philadelphia, PA. Since graduating, she has taken great pleasure in performing for local artists such as Shannon Murphy, Meredith Stapleton, Haylee Warner and Katherine Kiefer Stark. She values a heightened sense of emotional, social, and political awareness in physical practice and in every day life, and is very excited to continue learning, questioning, and collaborating with fellow artists in Philadelphia.

Megan Rhodes (SLD) is a Chicago based dancer and choreographer currently performing, presenting work, and teaching throughout the Chicagoland area. She is originally from North Carolina where she received her BFA in Dance Performance as well as her BFA in Theatre Arts from East Carolina University. Her choreography has received awards and recognition from Rebel Arts Publication, Camp Kate, and the North Carolina Dance Alliance. Since moving to Chicago she has shown work at DanceChance, THAWX, and NewMoves. She currently performs with The Kate Jablonski Statement.

Katherine Kiefer Stark (Artistic Director, The Naked Stark) is a Philadelphia-based dance artist and the artistic director of The Naked Stark.  Katherine’s work has been presented in Philadelphia and along the East Coast.  In 2016, DC’s Capital Fringe presented her full-length work The Importance of Normal which premiered in Philadelphia in the 2013 First Person Arts Festival RAW.  In 2012, she received a Rocky Award, a peer-to-peer award for outstanding achievement in the greater Philadelphia dance community, for her work Looking for Judy.  The Naked Stark’s work has been supported by grants from the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the University District.  Katherine received her MFA in choreography from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and her BA in dance from Connecticut College.  Currently, she is adjunct faculty at Bryn Mawr, teaching a release-based drop-in movement practice for professionals at Mascher Space Cooperative where she is an Artist-in-Residence, and developing a full-length work, Visible Structures, premiering May 2018 in Philadelphia.  

Harlee Trautman (TNS) is a movement artist and sculptor currently residing in Philadelphia, PA, though most of her artistic career has been spent in Southern Louisiana, where she received her BFA in Sculpture. Since arriving in Philadelphia, Harlee has had the opportunity to work professionally with Opera Philadelphia, Asya Zlatina & Dancers, and several local artists including Meredith Stapleton and Mary-Carmen Webb, among others. Harlee's most recent work has been showcased at the Iron Factory(Philadelphia), Tattooed Mom's(Philadelphia), Grounds forSculpture(Hamilton, NJ), as well as on display at the Philadelphia International Airport's D terminal. She teaches both studio art and dance in several schools in the Philadelphia region.

Bonnie Christine Willis (SLD) graduated from Illinois State University in 2011 with a BA in Dance Performance. She moved to Chicago in the fall of 2011 and began working as an independent dancer and choreographer, starting as a founding member of Salty Lark Dance. Since then she has performed with Innervation Dance Cooperative, Christine Hands Choreography, Catherine Tiso, and Tiffany Lawson Dance.  She works as a PAI certified Pilates instructor at Harmony Mind-Body Fitness.

Thank you so much to all of the folks who have contributed to support SLD's 6th Season!

SUSTAINERS: Selina Dorame, Andy Greene, Jeffrey Rubin, Holly Hughey

STABILIZERS: Ted Jadwin, Mona Shattell, Phyllis Logan, Comilda Weinstock, Richard Carver, Jill Herbst, Abi Katz, Sharon Wiggins, Stefanie Engstrom, Jessica Duffy, Allison Hausladen, Cindy Rhodes

SUPPORTERS: Lisa First, Jessica Costa, Jenny Gerber, Miranda Gentile, Eric and Naomi Ninneman, Caitlin Fehrenbacher, Arielle Basile, Robert Andalman, Aaron Akers, Eleni Vernon, Jeffrey Peterson, Dustyn Martincich, Kerrie King, Michael Thoresen, Alyssa Zuravel, Rachel Lewis, Dora Moritz, Lisa Weinstock, Lara Gerstein, Liz Harris, Jessica McMillan, Emily Loar, Robert Welcher, Christine Betsill, Elisa Foshay, Marianne Whelchel, Sara Yanney, Laura Wallis, Kiri Palm, Victoria Saunders, Paloma Dallas, Katharine Wertime, Morgan Devlin, Megan Rhyme, Jeanne Estridge, Carol Murphy, Lindsey Young, Michelle Giordanelli, Kelly Anderson Williamson, Dale Hetrick, Eleanor Sharp, Kaley Pruitt, Abigail Williams, Lauren Glover, Jim and Suzy Kirkhoff, Mari Oates, Hannah Sarnow