The seeds of Linked Dance Theatre began in 2009 at Ithaca College as the brainchild of actor/dancer Kendra Slack. It is an attempt to merge the worlds of theatre and dance by telling stories through movement. A collaborative company that makes movement that fits its movers' bodies, we also maintain the fact that how you tell the story is most important. Linked premiered their first professional show Gone in NYC in March of 2014 and is now run by Co - Artistic Directors Jordan Chlapecka and Kendra Slack. To date, Linked has self produced 10 full length productions and has been granted space residencies at New York institutions such as The Lilac Preservation Project, Coney Island USA, and The Center at West Park. We strive to push the boundaries of what a small company can accomplish with each new show we create.
Artistry should be found everywhere, not just inside the 4 walls of a theater, but in odd and amazing spaces. We are a collaborative company that builds work using multiple mediums to immerse people in stories with a true narrative. We draw inspiration not only from the movement-based immersive companies that have come before us, like Punchdrunk and Third Rail, but from the likes of Situationist International to construct stories and situations that are "reawakening and pursuing authentic desires, experiencing the feeling of life and adventure, and the liberation of everyday life." Through the types of performances we build, we hope to engage audiences in stories that are often left untold by working with diverse artists and writing diverse characters for different and uncharted landscapes.
“These two, Kendra Slack and Jordan Chlapecka are the first true children of the immersive movement” — Zay Amsbury
“And yet, we yearn to place our guilty fingers on the worn map of nostalgia. We follow the old familiar pathways of mistakes and regrets, tracing the same lines and curves over and over. But the map is not the territory; it can never be the territory. We know how this story ends, but still, we are enthralled.” — Kathryn Yu, No Proscenium, LIKE REAL PEOPLE Do 2017