NATURAL ENCOUNTERS

Chicago Dancemakers Forum partners with The Nature Conservancy on a series of dance performances with stewardship opportunities and ecological exploration. 

Chicago Dancemakers Forum partners with The Nature Conservancy to present a series of original dance performances centered on stewardship and ecological exploration called Natural Encounters. Past Chicago Dancemakers Forum awardees Nejla Yatkin, Ayako Kato, Nico Rubio, and Erin Kilmurray will present immersive dance works at Indian Ridge Marsh, Hegewisch Marsh, and Big Marsh on the city’s southeast side. These events are presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks program. All three events are free and open to the public. The events may begin late in case of severe weather (maximum within two hours from the original start time). 

Dances for this Land

September 07, 2019

Saturday, September 7, 2019

10:00am-12:00pm

Indian Ridge Marsh, 11740 S Torrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60617

FREE

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The first event of the series, Dances for this Land, 2019 Lab Artist Nejla Yatkin and 2007 Lab Artist Ayako Kato will respond in movement to the natural spaces of Indian Ridge Marsh and its inspiring story of land remediation. The event will include stewardship and educational activities coordinated by experts from Audubon Great Lakes and The Nature Conservancy to highlight the resident natural features of Indian Ridge Marsh. This event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Indian Ridge Marsh, 11740 S. Torrence Ave., Chicago, IL 60617. 

Performed by: Ayako Kato, Ysaÿe McKeever, Nejla Yatkin, and Ji Hae Yepa-Pappan

Birds, Bugs and Tap

September 21, 2019

Saturday, September 21, 2019

4:00-6:00pm

Hegewisch Marsh, 13298 S Torrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60633

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Birds, Bugs and Tap will be performed on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 4:00pm at Hegewisch Marsh, 13298 S. Torrence Ave., Chicago, IL 60633. Chicago tap artists under the direction of Chicago Dancemakers Forum 2018 Lab Artist Nico Rubio will perform original work inspired by and responding to the rhythms and timbres of bird calls and insect sounds. The event will include stewardship and educational activities coordinated by experts from The Nature Conservancy to highlight the resident natural features of Hegewisch Marsh.

CYCLE

October 05, 2019

Saturday, October 5, 2019

4:00-6:00pm

Big Marsh, 11555 S. Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60617

FREE

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Rounding out the events is the high-energy choreography of 2018 Greenhouse Artist Erin Kilmurray in an event called CYCLE, on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Big Marsh, 11555 S. Stony Island Ave., Chicago IL 60617. Kilmurray will engage with the environment and history of Big Marsh along its bike paths through this exciting performance with live music. The event will include stewardship and educational activities coordinated by experts from The Nature Conservancy to highlight the resident natural features of Big Marsh. The event is in partnership with Experimental StationBlackstone Bicycle Works and Friends of Big Marsh, who will be hosting a barbeque that will be open to audience members. 

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To request accessibility accommodations for any Chicago Dancemakers Forum event, please send an e-mail to shawn@chicagodancemakers.org as far in advance as possible. Services can include ASL Interpretation, Audio Description, and more. Please be advised that wheelchair accessibility of these natural spaces may be difficult.