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Links Hall Celebrates its 30th Anniversary with 30 Continuous Hours of Performance Art

by Gretchen Holmes

This weekend, Links Hall will commemorate its 30th birthday with 30 hours of performance art, beginning at 6:30 tonight and concluding on Saturday at midnight.  That’s 30 non-stop hours of dance, film, music, cabaret entertainment, and more, including—for revelers concerned about personal hygiene—a gong bath.  A $30 festival pass includes admission to the entire event.  A complete schedule of performances can be found here:

http://www.linkshall.org/09-pp-3030.shtml

Bob Eisen and Charlie Vernon, two of Links Hall’s founders, will join the festivities and present new work both Friday and Saturday evening.  Earlier this week, I had an opportunity to talk with the two artists about Links Hall’s humble origins as a rehearsal space and the unique impact it’s had in the thirty years since.

Bob Eisen

Bob Eisen was a co-founder of Links Hall and remained involved with the organization for the following 20 years.  In the year 2000 he moved to New York City.  For one year from 2004- 2005, he danced and traveled his way around the world.  The last 3 1/2 years have found him living equal time in New York and Russia, where he lives, travels, dances, sometimes teaches, and studies the language.

Charlie Vernon

Charlie signed the first lease either 30 or 31 years ago and helped found what is known as the Link’s Hall Studio. His dance company rehearsed exclusively at Links for four years during which time he performed from coast to coast, was awarded four National Endowment for the Arts Choreographic Fellowships and taught at various places including Columbia College. Since 1984, he has been in real estate sales and management. Married since 1979, his family includes three sons and a granddaughter and they are based in Evanston.