Sand: A Migrating Perfomance in 4 Parts - Michigan City Moves
Jul
20
8:00 PM20:00

Sand: A Migrating Perfomance in 4 Parts - Michigan City Moves

Sand: Part 4 Succession / Migration

July 20th 8:00

Tryon Farm Barn 1500 Tryon Road, Michigan City, IN 46360

The conclusion of the 4 part Sand series will feature a dance film projected on the Tryon Farm barn with live interactive performers. This performance will open the inaugural Art in Nature Series presented by the Tryon Farm Institute.

Film Directed by: Elise Kermani

Performers: Kristina Isabelle Dance - Kristina Isabelle, Sarah Gonsiorowski, Angela Luem and Cara Sabin

Sand: A Migrating Performance in 4 Parts was co-conceived by: Melli Hoppe, Kristina Isabelle and Elise Kermani - Michigan City Moves.

8:00 Cocktails 8:30 Performance

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Sand: A Migrating Perfomance in 4 Parts - Michigan City Moves
Jun
22
6:00 PM18:00

Sand: A Migrating Perfomance in 4 Parts - Michigan City Moves

Sand: Part 3 Community

June 22 6:00 pm

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk - Indiana Dunes National Park, Riverwalk Drive, Portage

This event will be a site-specific promenade performance, in which the audience is invited to stand and walk from one area to another to watch performers interact with the landscape and structures around the Portage Lakefront and Pavilion.  The performance will incorporate the soundtrack of the play “Sacred Sands: A Play for Voices” written by David Hoppe, recorded by and with music by Dan Schaaf.   It will include Kristina Isabelle Dance artists: Sarah Gonsiorowski, Kristina Isabelle, Angela Luem and Cara Sabin, (who performed in Part One and Part Two of the series), dancers from South Shore Dance Alliance, body puppet by Pilgrim Heidi Kambitsch, stilters, drummers, masks and interactive summer solstice activities. This performance is free and open to the public. 


“Sand: A Migrating performance in 4 Parts,” is inspired by the book “Sacred Sands: The Struggle for Community in the Indiana Dunes,” written by J. Ronald Engel. The series explores the constant tension between nature and human activity in Northwest Indiana.  It began with a preview at Links Hall in Chicago in March, moved to the Indiana Dunes National Park in Portage in April, and to the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City in May.  Following the performance at the Indiana Dunes National Park in Portage in June, we will culminate the series with a performance at Tryon Farm in Michigan City at 8:00 on July 20.  

About Michigan City Moves: MCM is an artist collective dedicated to promoting and sharing experimental music, dance and film in NW Indiana through performances, classes and interactive workshops. The current collective features Kristina Isabelle, Elise Kermani and Melli Hoppe.  Kristina Isabelle is the artistic director of Kristina Isabelle Dance for 16 years producing multi-media evening length works, many featuring signature long-legged stilt dances as well as site specific environmental dance-scapes.  KIDCO tours nationally and internationally. Elise Kermani is artistic director of MiShinnah Productions, a non-profit dedicated to making cross genre performance films. She received a PhD in Media Philosophy from the European Graduate School and teaches media art at State University of New York, Empire State College. Her particular interest is in creating site specific performance where architecture informs the project.  Melli Hoppe was the Artistic Director of Susurrus, an Indianapolis based not-for-profit performance group, from 1993-2013. She has collaborated on site-specific performances in Indiana, New York, L.A., Ireland and Italy and taught site-specific theatre and stage movement at Butler University for 10 years.


Sand: A Migrating Performance in Four Parts is made possible through partnerships with MiShinnah Productions, Kristina Isabelle Dance Company and the Tryon Farm Institute. For more information contact Melli Hoppe at 219-210-3619 or michigancitymoves@gmail.com.

Funding for this project was provided for in part by a grant from the mediaThe Foundation.

Mishinnah Productions

Kristina Isabelle Dance

Tryon Farm Institute

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Sand: A Migrating Perfomance in 4 Parts - Michigan City Moves
May
3
5:00 PM17:00

Sand: A Migrating Perfomance in 4 Parts - Michigan City Moves

Part 2:  Disruption May 3 at 6:00pm

Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second Street, Michigan City   

This performance will be influenced by the exhibit Nature vs Everything as well as the architecture of the Lubeznik Center and will inhabit and activate the exhibitions. Kristina Isabelle Dance and Michigan CIty Moves will respond to the 16 panel painting by Tom Torluemke .

Conceived by: Melli Hoppe, Kristina Isabelle and Elise Kermani - Michigan City Moves

Music: Elise Kermani

Performers: Kristina Isabelle, Sarah Gonsiorowski, Angela Luem and Cara Sabin - Kristina Isabelle Dance

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Sand: A Migrating Perfomance in 4 Parts - Michigan City Moves
Apr
27
4:30 PM16:30

Sand: A Migrating Perfomance in 4 Parts - Michigan City Moves

Part I: Readjustment/Shifting Sand April 27 at 6:00pm 

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk - Indiana Dunes National Park

This intimate performance will include a performance by Kristina Isabelle Dance Company, Sand Creature by Pilgrim Heidi Kambitsch, and music by Elise Kermani.

Conceived by: Melli Hoppe, Kristina Isabelle and Elise Kermani

Written by: Kristina Isabelle

Co-Directed: Kristina Isabelle & Melli Hoppe

Music: Elise Kermani

Dancers: Rachel Ferring, Sarah Gonsiorowski, Kristina Isabelle, Angela Luem, Cara Sabin, Jannah Schwartz

Sand: A Migrating Performance in 4 Parts features choreography by Kristina Isabelle and Melli Hoppe, sound media artist Elise Kermani. The series is inspired by the play Sacred Sands: A Play for Voices, written by David Hoppe, and the book Sacred Sands: The Struggle for Community in the Indiana Dunes, written by J. Ronald Engel.  

All evenings can be viewed as one complete performance experience or you can catch the full evolving production by catching each iteration. 

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LinkSircus - Celebrating 40 years of Links Hall
Mar
30
7:30 PM19:30

LinkSircus - Celebrating 40 years of Links Hall

LinkSircus - Celebrating 40 yrs of Links Hall with Bob Eisen and guests

Produced by Third Way Projects, LinkSircus--Celebrating 40 Years is an installation-style evening of dancing and celebration in multiple spaces by multiple people doing curious things. Featuring visual art by Tom Melvin; Curated by Bob Eisen (co-founder of Links Hall) and Bonnie Brooks (director of Third Way Projects).
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TICKETS

7pm-9pm | Tickets $10-$40

If it is possible for you please strongly consider buying the $40 ticket, $10 will go to supporting the performances and $30 will be donated to Links Hall to support our effort to eliminate ALL rental fees for ALL artsits this season. We need your help to #PayThe40thFoward.

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PERFORMERS

Asimina Chremos

Bob Eisen + Jessica Cornish

Honey Pot Performance

J’Sun Howard + Jennifer Karmin

Kristina Isabelle

Rika Lin + Tom Lee

Same Planet Performance Project

The Seldoms

Zephyr Dance

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Cake and Celebrate!

Back by popular demand is the Links Hall Cake Lounge. At 9pm the building will be open to anyone who wants to join in the celebration, buy a drink, dance to some jams, and eat cake! AND for the price of a raffle ticket you can vote for your favorite cakes (baked by the Links Hall community) and help us crown the Cake Lounge GodX!

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Ragdale Ring: Dance-scape
Sep
15
4:00 PM16:00

Ragdale Ring: Dance-scape

Ragdale Ring Performance:  Dance-Scape

Curated by Kristina Isabelle and featuring performers from Kristina Isabelle Dance, Hubbard Street Pre-Professional program, and Walkabout Theater, costumes by Heidi Kambitch, and musician Ryan Packard and friends. 

Dance-Scape will be an interactive movment piece inspired by Ragdale's priaire landscape and the dnamic Ring set design by Galo Canizares and Stephanie Sang Delgado. 

A family friendly program. 

 

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Land Mass: North Park
Aug
31
to Sep 2

Land Mass: North Park

  • North Park Village Nature Center (map)
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Kristina Isabelle Dance

presented in partnership with 

Chicago Park District - Night Out in the Parks

Land Mass: North Park Village Nature Center

Aug, 31st, Sept 1st and Sept 2nd at 1:00 pm

North Park Village Nature Center - 5801 N. Pulaski Rd, Chicago 60646

Land Mass: North Park is a site-specific walking dance performance highlighting the land and environment with movement, sound and sculpture.  Land Mass is a meditative exploration of the land, body and our relationships and connection to nature. 

Kristina Isabelle and company have explored the concept of the elements: air, fire, water, earth in the body for over 4 years.  In 2016 we presented And The Spirit Moved Me, an evening length multi-media and multi-level dance work for the theater. Now we are taking the work outdoors to discover the next level of natures influence on a moving body by incorporating the healing properties of a walk in the woods to alter perspectives and engage with nature and movement in new ways.

 

Concept and Direction: Kristina Isabelle

Movement:  Angela Luem, Aaliyah Christina, Liz Conway, Precious Jennings and Kristina Isabelle, Megan Schneeberger, Kellyn Jackson

Sound:  Wilson Tanner Smith, Debra Sawyer, Lia Kohl (Aug. 31st)

Sculpture:  Christine Forni

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Elevate Chicago
Oct
19
5:30 PM17:30

Elevate Chicago

 

Land Mass: South Shore is a new site-specific perofrmance series and we are happy to present at the South Shore Cultural Center Nature Sancutary highlighting the land and environment with movement, light and sound. This location is under jeopardy and this might be the last time that you can wonder through this special place.  

Land Mass: South Shore is presented as part of the Elevate Chicago Dance a citywide festival with public performances and studio showings at nine creative spaces around the city, featuring close to forty Chicago choreographers and dance companies.

October 19th
Two showings:
5:30 - VIp Elevate
6:30 - Public performance

The show is FREE!  

 

Photo:  Matthew Gregory Hollis

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The Dolls at Mana BSMT - Newark
Sep
23
9:00 PM21:00

The Dolls at Mana BSMT - Newark

Mana BSMT and Mana Contemporary Chicago Present: Body + Camera

Mana BSMT is pleased to present the second iteration of Mana Contemporary Chicago’s inaugural Body + Camera festival, an annual event featuring films, installations, and live performances that explore the intersection between the body and the moving image. The festival at Mana BSMT will include highlights from Chicago’s presentation, as well as new work by BSMT artists-in-residence and guest artists from UAE.

SCHEDULE

5PM
Doors Open

6:15–7PM
Embodied: Short film screenings

7:30–8PM
Digital Bodies: Live-streamed performance by Ghada Da, Farah Al Sharie, and Nidal Morra

9–9:20PM
The Dolls: Live performance by Claudia Hart

9:30–11PM
Transmutation: Late night film screenings (on loop)

Live DJ set

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The Dolls
May
19
7:00 PM19:00

The Dolls

Mana Contemporary Body & Camera Festival

May 19th VIP Event

 

On May 19th we will perform Claudia Hart's  The Dolls,  which combines dance, sculpture, and animated mathematical algorithms to meditate on the philosophical idea of "the eternal return" in our digital age. With  Kurt Hentschläger ,  Kristina Isabelle , and  Liviu Pasare . 

http://www.manacontemporarychicago.com/press20161202chicagoreader/

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Exposed: Solo Creative Process
May
17
to Jun 14

Exposed: Solo Creative Process

Exposed: Solo Creative Process

Writing The Dance with Kristina Isabelle

 

 

Open Studio Wednesday's May 17th - June 14th

At HCL

4th Floor Mana Contemporary

1:00-3:00

 

 

Writing The Dance is a glimpse into my studio process.  My goal is to develop a clear body story by writing the work as a continuous journey, a novel of movement to be felt and witnessed weekly. 

 

I will utilize improvisation, space and theatrical explorations, outside input, plus conversations and/or dances with guests to challenge my creative process and expand the discoveries into variety of performative iterations.

 

- I am interested in surrounding myself with multiple inputs of inspiration 

- Witness myself from within as well as being witnessed as a mover 

- Dance as an articulate exploration and find the storytelling potential of this body in motion

- Explore what evolves and comes out of my body in response to my current research themes revolving around spirit, spirituality, body politics, race, Audre Lorde, exposure, folk religion

 

 

What to Expect:

It begins when it begins at the beginning of the time set

Arrive when you arrive and stay for as long as you'd like

I may be in process so just come in and make yourself comfortable 

Sometimes I will explain what I am doing and sometimes I will not

There will always be a chance to contribute, engage or participate in the practice

Closing conversation will end each day

 

Special Guest Artists TBA

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Past, Past, Present
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Past, Past, Present


In celebration of Links Hall co-founder Bob Eisen's 70th birthday, Eisen will present work in a special one-off event, featuring special guests Kristina Isabelle and Links Hall co-founder Charlie Vernon. Isabelle will present a reconstruction of Chicago area modern dance master Sybil Shearer's 1969 group work "Judgement Seeks It's Own Level", set to the classic rock anthem In-A-Gadda-Da-Vita by Iron Butterfly. Presented courtesy of the Morrison-Shearer Foundation. Tickets available for $10

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Hunters Moon Dance Happening
Oct
15
5:00 PM17:00

Hunters Moon Dance Happening

To celebrate a year of our Artistic Director Kristina Isabelle and her husband, Geoffrey, living a year out at Tryon Farms, we want to share an evening of nature, dance, art, and fire with all of you.  

Join us and please invite your friends as this will be a one of a kind walking performance experience by Kristina Isabelle Dance and a few of my favorite performers from Chicago and Michigan City followed by a community bonfire, a fabulous food truck and more.

We will share the possibilities for future performance collaborations between Tryon Farm Institute and Kristina Isabelle Dance. Make Dance and Art on the farm a reality.

Please RSVP: to modfarmtryon@gmail.com

This is a BYOB event - some provisions will be provided.  
Food truck by bonfire


Stay overnight:
1-Tryon Farm Guest House  http://www.tryonfarmguesthouse.com/
2-Check Airbnb for other homes in Tryon Farm or Michigan City area
3- Bring a tent and camp in our prairie

If you would like to sponsor an artist - contact Kristina @ kristinaisabelledance@gmail.com

Current Sponsors:  
Tryon Farm Institiute
Marty Balogh & Carl

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La Divina Commedia
Oct
8
to Oct 9

La Divina Commedia

  • Decio Theater - University of Notre Dame (map)
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A new multidisciplinary work based on Dante’s Divine Comedy with a libretto by Robin Kirkpatrick under the direction of Artistic Director and Producer Camen-Helena Tellez with choreography by Kristina Isabelle and Ayako Kato. Ticket Info: TBA

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Regional Dance Development Initiative Dance Lab
Jul
29
to Aug 9

Regional Dance Development Initiative Dance Lab

  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (map)
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The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) and the Chicago Dancemakers Forum (CDF) are partnering to produce a Chicago Dance Lab with funding from The Reva and David Logan Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The Chicago Dance Lab is designed to support professional development for Chicago-based dance makers, build connections that will nourish dance artists, and develop the overall capacity and infrastructure of the Chicago dance community. 

RDDI Chicago Artists:
Julia Antonick - Khecari
Tosha Ayo Alston - Ayodele Drum and Dance
Jan Bartoszek - Hedwig Dances
Jessica Ruth Cornish
Jenn Freeman
Kristina Isabelle - Kristina Isabelle Dance
Ayako Kato - Art Union Humanscape
Jonathan Meyer - Khecari
Erica Mott
Nico Rubio
Molly Shanahan - Mad Shak
Sara Zalek

The RDDI Lab is possible through funding from The Reva and David Logan Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, and national support for the National Dance Project from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

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