LUCA/Res Communis: ETHOS Episode III by Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape

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LUCA/Res Communis: ETHOS Episode III

by Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Rain or Shine

11 am - 1:30 pm & 3 pm - 5:30 pm @ Palmisano Park

2850 S Halsted, Chicago (CTA: Orange Line, Halsted Sta. + a 7 min walk to the south on Halsted; Halsted #8 Bus to 27th St. or 29th St.)

Free Admission


Nature-Walk Style Dance Installation & Performance Running Time: 150 minutes

ETHOS Journey Guide Map & Timetable

*In case of inclement weather, updates and suggestions will be also on Chicago Dancemakers Forum’s Instagram page.

ACCESSIBILITY: Natural environment with paved/maintained pathways making most performance spaces wheelchair accessible. For other accessibility requests, please contact Shawn at 312-550-9172 or or please visit Chicago Dancemakers Forum Accessibility.

Presented by Elevate Chicago Dance Festival in partnership with the Chicago Park District; Produced by High Concept Labs in Joint Residency with the Monira Foundation at Mana Contemporary


“A compelling combination that simultaneously embraces both the molecular and the cosmic; ‘ETHOS’ is a feat made possible through an abundance of integrity evident in Kato’s work that embodies a gentle power and divine beauty paralleled only by nature itself.”

— See Chicago Dance


LUCA/Res Communis: ETHOS Episode III at Palmisano Park is part of the ETHOS project by Ayako, that sets art practice in natural environments. Episode III draws on the land’s history as the quarry that built modern Chicago, acknowledges the past, present, and future Indigenous people living among us, and is created in collaboration. It is organized as timed dances, land and water acknowledgements, and a culminating circle. Visitors choose to be guided by docents, or roam on their own.

Titled after the “Last Universal Common Ancestor”, and the common elements necessary for human life on Earth (air, water, soil), it follows To the Shore: ETHOS Episode I (2019), which used the setting of the beachfront and Colvin House at North Sheridan Road, and Inception: ETHOS Episode II (2021), set on the beach and prairieland behind the South Shore Cultural Center.

ETHOS Guidance Performers: Susana Ollin Kuikatl Tekpatzia Bañuelos (Aztec Nahua, vocal-music artist and storyteller, Aztec Dance Chicago), Danielle Gallet (water storyteller), Ambrosio Martinez (music, Aztec Dance Chicago).

ETHOS Creative Collaborator: Joseph Lefthand (of Cheyenne-Arapaho, Taos, Zuni descent, performer)

ETHOS Team LUCA Dancers: Tuli Bera and Darling Squire (Team LUCA Co-Leaders), and Sophie Allen, Silvita Diaz Brown, Angela Gronroos, Carla Gruby, Lydia Jekot.

ETHOS Chromosome Dance & Cell Circle Dance Music (recording): Composed and Performed by Theresa Wong and Ellen Fullman, “Harbors Part 1, Harbors Part 2, Harbors Part 3,” HARBORS (room40 2020).

ETHOS Costume by: Darling Squire

ETHOS Social Media & Virtual Performance Map: Mallory Yanhan Qiu

ETHOS Consulting: Katsushi Hikasa

ETHOS Directed and Choreographed by: Ayako Kato.

ETHOS Project is an aesthetic and physical inquiry about an ideal ethos of humanity and how it is perceptible through dance. It is a study of furyu, Japanese for “wind flow,” nuance, from three perspectives about the movement of humanity: looking at the past from the present day (Episode I); looking at the present day from the past (Episode II); standing in the present day and perceiving the past through the future as one (Episode III); and being the ones to carry cyclical nature-centric contemporary ethos (Final Episode) with Awareness, Acknowledgement, Affirmation, and Allowance.


LUCA/Res Communis: ETHOS Episode III is generously supported by High Concept Labs, the Chicago Park District, the Reva & David Logan Foundation, 3Arts, Artist Communities Alliance, Montalvo Arts Center, the Chicago Moving Company, the Chicago Art Department, and an Individual Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.

Running Time
2 hours and 30 minutes
Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary
Traditional/Indigenous Dance


Palmisano (Henry) Park

2700 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 747-6497