Moving Dialogs: Culture in Motion

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Join us for our third installment of Moving Dialogs: Culture in Motion with the Indo-American Heritage Museum and Synapse Arts! This closing event for Moving Dialogs features Rachel Damon choreography and will take place at The Field Museum. Attendees will experience a live performance taking place in front of the museum’s Maori Meeting House, with choreography rooted in Damon’s OpenWork technique, where landscapes are formed by dancers using their limbs as knitting needles to create floor-to-ceiling textiles. The technique reimagines knitting and crochet as kinetic art forms that create concrete traces of the body's motion, exploring how movement and needlecraft can influence each other. For this event, Damon and the Synapse Arts dancers use historical and contemporary textiles from the Indo-American Heritage Museum as a source for the movement and patterns, creating a new context for interpretation and space for cultural dialogue.

Moving Dialogs: Culture in Motion features unique collaborations between Chicago-area dance companies and cultural organizations to explore how dance can add to the visitor experience in museums. 

Choreographers will partner with curators from the host museums to learn about the museum’s collections and heritage, seeking inspiration from tangible objects housed in the museum to create a dance that illuminates those objects and the cultural stories they represent. Through Moving Dialogs: Culture in Motion, the choreographers and curators learn together and create a new performance piece based around the cultural objects and their unique histories. Each event includes a moderated discussion with the partners in dialog about their creative process, offering attendees an engaging behind the scenes glimpse into their decision making and the art they’ve created.

Moving Dialogs: Culture in Motion is co-presented by See Chicago Dance and the Chicago Cultural Alliance and is made possible by funding from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Chicago Seminar on Dance and Performance, and The Joyce Foundation. Additional support provided by Grand Stage Lighting.

Due to venue capacity restrictions, individuals will only be allow a maximum of 4 RSVP's. If you are wanting to attend with a larger group, please call our offices at (312)846-6357.



The Field Museum

1400 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605