Chicago-based performance artist Jenn Freeman | Po’Chop uses elements of dance, storytelling, and striptease to create performances and inspire students and collaborators across the country. Po’Chop has performed at the Brooklyn Museum in Brown Girls Burlesque’s Bodyspeak, and headlined shows in New Orleans, Kansas City, Minneapolis, St. Louis and New York. Po’Chop is a Board Member & Cast Member, for Jeezy’s Juke Joint, an all black burlesque revue. Po’Chop performs on Netflix’s Easy (Season 2), appears in music videos for songs by Jamila Woods and Mykele Deville, and is a muse for co-created experimental dance films such as Home | Here. Po’Chop was selected as the recipient of the Chances Dances Mark Aguhar Memorial Grant in 2015, awarded as a 2017 3Arts Make A Wave Artist, selected as 2018 Chicago Dancemakers Lab Artist and as a 2019 Urban Bush Women Choreographic Fellow Candidate.
Jenn’s residency at Rebuild Foundation will explore notions of the erotic, femininity and spirituality. Engaging with the Johnson Publishing Company library and Jet’s Beauty of the Week, Jenn will use the legacy of cartoonist Jackie Ormes as a launching pad to delve into black beauty standards, pin up culture, and the continued evolution of femininity. Through a series of workshops, conversations, performances and the debut of a short film, Jenn Freeman aims to encourage the celebration of the divine feminine.
Rebuild Foundation, Chicago Dancemakers Forum and Jenn Freeman will partner to host monthly burlesque classes at the Stony Island Arts Bank in the Greater Grand Crossing community. These workshops will use Audre Lorde’s essay “Use of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power” as a supplemental text to deepen the experience. The workshops will culminate in a queer burlesque showcase on June 27th at the Arts Bank.