December 15 -17, 2017 – The Distant Flight of Birds

December 15 -17, 2017 – The Distant Flight of…

Explore humanity and relationships through art in

The Distant Flight of Birds and Other Works

December 15 – 17 | 7 p.m.

Chicago, IL- Come join us for this compilation of thought-provoking and entertaining acts. The Distant Flight of Birds and Other Works features a series of performances centered on music, storytelling and imagery.

When: December 15th, 16th and 17th at 7 p.m.

Where: Links Hall / 3111 N. Western Ave. / Chicago IL 60618

Tickets: $15 advance, $20 at the door via

The evening kicks off with Black Cat Theatre taking us on an exploration of the female experience through image and puppetry inside the visceral beauty of Manuel de Falla’s Siete Canciones Populares Españoles.

Nelia Miller, in conjunction with Mozawa, will perform Cetology, a re-telling of Ahab and Jonah’s stories and a telling of what happens after. Cetology examines the destructive and nurturing sides of both ourselves and our relationships.

Award-winning author Abby Geni will read “Landscaping,” a short story from her first book, The Last Animal, about parenthood, love, autism, and the moon.

The night leads up to The Distant Flight of Birds, a series of original songs developed out of a six-week exploration by 16 Chicago-based artists and therapists around themes from the Grimms Brothers’ “Seven Ravens.” These songs are a meditation on the themes of the family cycles and our struggles to mend what becomes broken. The Distant Flight of Birds is a debut work-in-progress.

About the Performers:

Black Cat Theatre is the name under which Mikalina Rabinsky collaborates with other creative artist types and where interdisciplinary theatrical works are explored and developed through devising and play. Past works include Le Cat Show, A Tiny Republic, A Little Party and The Black Geese. Artists: Susan Payne O’Brien, Soprano | Nyela Basney, Pianist | Mikalina Rabinsky, Director and Designer

Nelia Miller is an accomplished actor, singer, and model now residing in the Chicago area. Mozawa is a Chicago-based incubator advancing collaborative art and artists.​ Websites: and

Abby Geni is the author of The Lightkeepers, winner of the 2016 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award for Fiction and the inaugural Chicago Review of Books Awards for Best Fiction, and The Last Animal (2013), an Indies Introduce Debut Writers Selection and a finalist for the Orion Book Award.  Her short stories have won first place in the Glimmer Train Fiction Open and the Chautauqua Contest and have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies.  Geni is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a recipient of the Iowa Fellowship. Website:

The Distant Flight of Birds created by Sarah Bendix, Lara Golan, and Susan Payne O’Brien will be performed by Forte Chicago singers: Leah Hungerford, Amanda Neal, Alex Salas, Alexandra Plattos Sulack, and Angela Torres-Kutkuhn. More information here.

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