Special immersive performances of the multidisciplinary, multinational collaboration between Ezzat Ezzat Contemporary Dance Studios in Giza, Egypt, and Erica Mott Productions from Chicago, USA will augment the exhibition Mycelial: Street Parliament on the first two weekends of the show. The gallery space becomes an immersive platform where embodied experience and kinesthetic empathy can spark deeper conversation around “otherness” and artistic practice as cultural diplomacy.
Mycelial: Street Parliament is an interactive exhibition that examines civic participation, social movements and interconnectedness in the digital age. Developed through a series of one-to-one cultural exchanges between Egyptian and American musical composers, dancers, technologists and new media artists, the work draws on the experiences of activists during the Occupy Wall Street Movement and Egyptian Revolution (Arab Spring) of 2011. What are our embodied experiences of occupation and revolution? Where does resistance live outside of demonstrative actions and protests? How can we create an experience that reflects the rate, rhythm and density of a social uprising?
Direction and choreography: Erica Mott
Collaborative performers: Silvita Diaz-Brown, Ezzat Ismail Ezzat, Christopher Knowlton, Mounir Saeed & Shaymaa Shoukry with significant contributions from Nejla Yatkin
Sound composition: Ryan Ingebritsen & Ahmed Saleh
Mobile application design: Tony Reimer & John Toenjes with contributions from Yasser Nazmy
Scenic design: Todd Clark & Liviu Pasare
Video design: Liviu Pasare & Hugh Sato with contributions from Mohamed Radwan
Technical design and programming: Ryan Ingebritsen, Ziad Osama, Tony
Reimer & Hugh Sato with contributions from Badr AlKhamissi
This project is made possible through support from Ezzat Ezzat Contemporary Dance Studio, Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the US State Department and the US Embassy in Cairo, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Bates College and the Bates Dance Festival, contributions from 3Arts and individual donors as part of a 3AP (3Arts Projects) campaign, High Concept Labs and Hyde Park Art Center.
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