Make Music Day – June 21
Consider your commute with a fresh perspective; "Crosswalk Dances" enliven and connect the six corners of the Lincoln/Southport/Wellington junction. Contemporary dancers wearing individual speakers transform the six-corner intersection into a chorus as they move in tandem with pedestrians, dancing at each corner and through countdown crosswalks.

Presented as part of Make Music Chicago's annual Make Music Day.

Thursday, June 21 - performances at 12pm and 1pm

at the Lincoln Hub - 6 Corners intersection of Lincoln/Southport/Wellington


Synapse Arts is an Arts Partner in Residence with the Chicago Park District. Crosswalk Dances is made possible with additional support from the Lakeview Special Service Area 27, The Illinois Arts Council, and The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus foundation.

Moving Dialogs
Join us at The Field Museum for the third installment of Moving Dialogs: Culture in Motion with the Indo-American Heritage Museum and Synapse Arts! Attendees will experience a live performance taking place in front of the museum's Maori Meeting House, with choreography by dancers using their limbs as knitting needles to create arm-knitted textiles. Damon's textile dances 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.

Tue, June 5, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The Field Museum – 1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605

FREE registration at:

Light Hand digital program
The program information for the performance called "Light Hand" is available HERE.

We look forward to sharing our newest project with you!

Light Hand
A dance performance that travels through the historic Gunder House at Berger Park Cultural Center - 6219 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago

Performances May 18 - 26, 2018

FREE Previews:

Fri May 18 - 7pm and 8:15pm

Sat May 19 - 7pm and 8:15pm


Thurs May 24 - 7pm only

Fri May 25 - 7pm and 8:15pm

Sat May 26 - 7pm and 8:15pm

Get your tickets for $0-$15 at

Reservations are required - tickets are very limited.

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. Each performance will last approximately 45 minutes. All ages are invited.


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.


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 playground, cafe, and lakefront path are all situated directly outside the venue.


Director/Designer - Rachel Damon

Performers/collaborators - Katie Matteson Campana, Cat Miller, Amanda Ramirez, Megan Rhyme, Dylan Roth, Gretchen Soechting, Laura Tennal

Composer - Ryan Ingebritsen

Costume Creator - Nadine Lollino

Lighting Design - Sarah Lackner

Cellist - Leyla Royale

Photography - Matthew Gregory Hollis

Recording engineer and videography - Matt Griffo