The Dolls at Mana BSMT - Newark
9:00pm 9:00pm

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.


Doors Open

Embodied: Short film screenings

Digital Bodies: Live-streamed performance by Ghada Da, Farah Al Sharie, and Nidal Morra

The Dolls: Live performance by Claudia Hart

Transmutation: Late night film screenings (on loop)

Live DJ set

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6:00pm 6:00pm

Elevate Chicago

Kristina Isabelle Dance will present  Land Mass: South Shore Cultural Center at 6:000pm


Elevate Chicago Dance is a citywide festival with public performances and studio showings at ten creative spaces around the city, featuring close to forty Chicago choreographers and dance companies.  

The festival's first night closes with a varied showcase of Chicago dancemakers, all in the beautiful setting of the South Shore Cultural Center's ballroom. Performances by Red Clay Dance CompanyNico RubioSame Planet Performance Project, and more.

Reservations are free.

Advanced reservations are encouraged but not required.

Elevate Chicago Dance marks the culmination of a multi-year Regional Dance Development Initiative produced by Chicago Dancemakers Forum and New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). It is made possible with funding from Reva and David Logan Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Chicago Park District/Night Out in the Parks, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, PERT Foundation, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation through NEFA’s National Dance Project.

This event at South Shore Cultural Center is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series, supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Arts programming in neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan. Now in its fifth year, the 2017 Night Out in the Parks series will host over 1,200 cultural events and programs at more than 250 neighborhood parks throughout the city, making community parks a safe haven and hubs of activity. Projects will vary from traditional performances and concerts, to movies, peace rallies, community workshops, nature based programs, dance pieces, festivals, and more. The Chicago Park District has partnered with more than 100 arts and community organizations to expand and produce this successful initiative.

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The Dolls
7:00pm 7:00pm

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 .

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Exposed: Solo Creative Process
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


4th Floor Mana Contemporary




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
7:00pm 7:00pm

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
5:00pm 5:00pm

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

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

Stay overnight:
1-Tryon Farm Guest House
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 @

Current Sponsors:  
Tryon Farm Institiute
Marty Balogh & Carl

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La Divina Commedia
to Oct 9

La Divina Commedia

  • Decio Theater - University of Notre Dame (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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
to Aug 9

Regional Dance Development Initiative Dance Lab

  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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