Light Hand

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Event Description

Synapse Arts presents Light Hand  

A dance performance that travels through the historic Gunder House

at Berger Park Cultural Center ­ 6219 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago IL 60660


Performances May 18 ­- 26, 2018  

FREE Previews: Fri May 18 ­ 7pm and 8:15pm, Sat May 19 ­ 7pm and 8:15pm  

PREMIERE: Thurs May 24 ­ 7pm only, Fri May 25 ­ 7pm and 8:15pm, Sat May 26 ­ 7pm  and 8:15pm



$0­-$15,  reservations required  -­ tickets are very limited.  Each performance will last approximately 45 minutes. All ages are invited.  

Please note that the audience will travel through the home, including going up and down stairs.  Seating is available throughout, and audiences will be asked to stand for no longer than 10 minutes at a time.     


In Light Hand performers appear and disappear, leading you on an adventure through knitted scenery and vignettes of dance. Each performer wears an individual speaker, creating shifting layers of music that beckon you from room to room. See contemporary dance and large­-scale textiles up close as you explore, discovering dancers with handheld lights who reveal hidden layers and moments of magic.  

Light Hand reframes the history of women's domestic arts as fully ­embodied  expressions of creativity and selfhood. Using a technique called "arm knitting" that engages the whole body in movement, the performers create, dance with, and dismantle large­-scale textiles.   

Follow the seven performers of Synapse Arts as they weave through the Gunder House at Berger Park, which is rarely open to the public. Witness the transformational impact of women building and changing an historic home together, illuminating freedom in the familiar.  Light Hand is an opportunity for all ages to see that dance can happen anywhere, and invites you to reimagine the possibilities of home, craft, and women’s work.


Berger Park Cultural Center is located at the intersection of Granville Avenue and Sheridan Road in Chicago, Illinois. Paid street parking is available, and the venue is readily accessible  from the Granville Red Line stop and bus routes 36, 147, and 151. The Gunder House is the North Mansion on the Berger Park grounds, which is separate from the community center that most patrons will be familiar with. The Gunder House includes all­-gender restrooms and a coat rack. A full playground, cafe, and lakefront path are all directly outside the venue.  


Light Hand is made possible by support from The Saints, The Illinois Arts Council Agency, The Chicago Park District, The City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, and High Concept Labs.   


About Synapse Arts

Synapse Arts creates, performs, and educates to nurture individual identities and challenge social norms by engaging artists and audiences in the making of dance­theater.  Founded in 2004, Chicago-­based Synapse Arts creates original performances, mentors emerging artists, and provides educational arts programs.



Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary


Berger Park Cultural Center

6219 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660