Mural Danceslive dance and music performances at Chicago Muralsevery third Saturday from 1pm to...

Mural Dances

live dance and music performances at Chicago Murals

every third Saturday from 1pm to 3pm

FREE - all ages - BYOC (bring your own chair)


July 17 at Barrett Park in Pilsen

2022 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

directed by Amanda Ramirez


August 21 at Jessie “Ma” Houston Park in Kenwood/Bronzeville

5001 S Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, IL 60615

directed by Tim Tsang and Kara Roseborough


September 18 at Loyola Park in Rogers Park

1230 W Greenleaf Ave, Chicago, IL 60626

directed by Rachel Damon


ACCESS NOTE: Barrett Park is fully accessible by a ramp at the rear of the park.

NOTA DE INGRESO: Barrett Park es completamente accesible a través de la rampa ubicada en la parte trasera del parque.


LIVESTREAM

Check out a part of each event via livestream on the Out of Site Twitch channel at 1:30pm on each date!

No account or sign ups needed, just follow the link to view.


ABOUT

Like the colorful outdoor artwork that will set the stage, Synapse Arts’ “Mural Dances” are site-specific public works that aim to enliven Chicago neighborhoods. Local artists as diverse as the city itself will engage audiences with choreography, costumes, and music in response to Chicago’s iconic neighborhood murals.

Mural Dances are intended to enliven neighborhood settings, connecting residents and visitors to the urban environment with the comforts and celebration of visual art, music, dance, and food. This series will celebrate the neighborhoods of Chicago through murals, dance, and music, bringing together local artists of many types.

By bringing joyful and intriguing professional dance-theater to under-appreciated and pedestrian spaces, we foster neighborhood pride and help to build more connected communities. Public performances of professional dance exemplify our core belief that everyone can dance and dance can happen anywhere, anytime.

Mural Dances is a series of three performances which take place on Saturday afternoons on “third Saturdays” of July 17, August 21, and September 18, 2021.
Performances will be created in response to murals at Barrett Park in Pilsen, at Jessie “Ma” Houston Park in Bronzeville, and at Loyola Park in Rogers Park, representing the South, West, and North sides of the city.
In collaboration with The Chicago Park District, Synapse Arts will present a series of original dances – performed with live music in front of three of the city’s iconic murals. Featuring professional, local artists, these three events are free to the public and promise a safe way for residents to come together and celebrate their neighborhoods.

On July 17 finds Mural Dances in Pilsen at Barrett Park where choreographer Amanda Ramirez will respond to a mural of cultural luminaries including Frida Kahlo. On August 21 in Bronzeville’s Jessie “Ma” Houston Park, in front of the 2-story mural celebrating the eponymous civil rights leader, directors Tim Tsang and Kara Roseborough will debut a work that reflects their personal BIPOC experiences. On September 18 at Loyola Park in Rogers Park, area resident Rachel Damon will direct a piece celebrating the neighborhood’s rich diversity of heritages and queerfolx. With 600 feet of lakefront murals as the backdrop, the dancers will highlight colorful paintings of peace and unity while performing alongside live percussionist Tom Benko.



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Info Danzas Murales en español“Mural Dances” llegará este verano a los parques de...

Info Danzas Murales en español

“Mural Dances” llegará este verano a los parques de Chicago

Tres obras específicas del sitio presentadas gratuitamente por Synapse Arts

En colaboración con el popular programa “Night Out in the Parks” del Distrito de Parques de Chicago, Synapse Arts presentará una serie de danzas originales que se interpretarán con música en vivo en frente de coloridos murales, ubicados en tres parques de la ciudad de Chicago. Como las icónicas obras de arte al aire libre que preparará el escenario, estas “Danzas Murales” animarán sus entornos vecinales, conectando residentes y visitantes del entorno urbano a través de la danza, la música y el arte visual. Coreografiadas y presentadas por artistas locales tan diversos como la propia ciudad, “Mural Dances” tiene como objetivo fomentar el orgullo del vecindario y profundizar las conexiones con la comunidad al traer profesionales alegres danza-teatro a los espacios públicos a menudo infravalorados.

Tres fechas. Tres parques. Tres obras Únicas.

El sábado, 17 de julio, se presentará la primera Danza Mural en Barrett Park en Pilsen, donde la coreógrafa Amanda Ramírez responderá a un mural de luminarias culturales entre ellas Frida Kahlo, Mahatma Gandhi y Rosa Parks en un evento de estilo barbacoa mexicano-estadounidense.

El Sábado, 21 de agosto encuentra Synapse Arts en El Parque Jessie “Ma” Houston de Kenwood. Delante del mural de 2 pisos que celebra al líder de los derechos civiles del mismo nombre, los codirectores Tim Tsang y Kara Roseborough estrenará una obra que refleja sus experiencias personales de gente indígena, y personas de color.

El Sábado, 18 de septiembre en Loyola Park en Rogers Park, la residente del área Rachel Damon dirige una pieza que celebra la rica diversidad de culturas, patrimonios y queerfolx del barrio. Con 600 pies de murales frente al lago como telón de fondo, los bailarines destacarán coloridas pinturas de paz y unidad mientras tocan con el percusionista en vivo Tom Benko.

Presentado de 1:00pm a 3:00pm CDT en cada fecha, los tres eventos de Mural Dances son GRATIS para todas las edades. ¡Traiga su propia silla! Las partes seleccionadas de cada actuación serán en vivo transmitido a través del canal de Twitch fuera del sitio (“Out of Site”).

En la imagen: coreógrafos Tim Tsang, Kara Roseborough, Rachel Damon, Amanda Ramírez

Notas de acceso e inclusión

Los eventos de Synapse Arts dan la bienvenida activamente a personas con identidades diversas, incluidos todos los géneros, orientaciones sexuales, razas, etnias, religiones, habilidades, niveles de ingresos, edades, padres/cuidadores estados, antecedentes y estructuras domésticas. Todos los eventos de Synapse Arts son relajados y sensoriales. Para solicitudes de servicio de accesibilidad, póngase en contacto con info@synapsearts.com.

Acerca de Synapse Arts

Desde 2004, bajo la dirección de la cofundadora directora artística Rachel Damon, con sede en Chicago, Synapse Arts ha estado nutriendo la individualidad y desafiando las normas sociales sobre la identidad. Todas las facetas de la compañía, desde la creación colaborativa de sus obras de danza-teatro hasta actuaciones, están diseñados para incluir y llegar a todos los miembros de la comunidad independientemente de edad, capacidad, raza, identidad de género, etnia, orientación sexual o nivel de ingresos. Descrito por el Chicago Tribune como una compañía de “artistas serios que trabajan con inteligencia y un punto estético”, Synapse Arts lleva la danza-teatro a la comunidad a través de escuelas, parques y actuaciones en espacios públicos. Se ofrecen clases gratuitas y de bajo costo para adultos y niños de todos los niveles. El programa bienal New Works de la compañía asesora a jóvenes artistas y complementa sus representaciones anuales de obras originales de danza y teatro.


En colaboración con el Distrito de Parques de Chicago

“Mural Dances” se presenta como parte de la serie Night Out del Distrito de Parques de Chicago, con el apoyo de la Oficina de la Alcaldía y el Departamento de Asuntos Culturales y Eventos Especiales de Chicago. Ahora en su 9 año, el programa Night Out in the Parks 2021 presenta eventos culturales todo el año en los parques del barrio de toda la ciudad. El Distrito de Parques de Chicago en asociación con más de 100 artistas y organizaciones locales, presentan eventos y actuaciones atractivas que mejorar la calidad de vida en todo Chicago y amplificar la vitalidad artística y cultural en cada vecindario. A través de múltiples disciplinas, que incluyen teatro, música, películas, danza, trabajo específico del sitio, programas de naturaleza y festivales comunitarios, la serie tiene como objetivo apoyar Artistas con sede en Chicago, facilitan asociaciones y programas basados en la comunidad, cultivan el civismo compromiso, y garantizar la equidad en el acceso a las artes para todos los habitantes de Chicago. Para ampliar aún más el alcance de estas experiencias culturales, artísticas y de la naturaleza, el Distrito de Parques de Chicago ha montado una plataforma virtual para destacar la diversidad de las ofertas artísticas de Chicago y proporcionar equidad acceso a algunas de estas actuaciones para todos los habitantes de Chicago y visitantes por igual. Para obtener más información sobre Night Out in the Parks, así como actualizaciones sobre las pautas de salud y seguridad, visite www.nightoutintheparks.com.


Patrocinadores adicionales

La serie “Mural Dances” es posible en parte gracias a una subvención del capítulo de Chicago de la Fundación impresionante. https://www.awesomefoundation.org/

Synapse Arts está en residencia en Loyola Park y Berger Park a través del Distrito de Parques de Chicago Programa Socios de artes en Résidence que une a artistas y comunidades en los parques de Chicago.

El apoyo a Synapse Arts también proviene del Fondo MacArthur para las Artes y la Cultura en Fundación Richard H. Driehaus, Fundación Gaylord y Dorothy Donnelley, El Departamento de Asuntos Culturales y Eventos Especiales, Obra Artística fondo, Forefront, El Nacional Dotación para las Artes, Abogados para las Artes Creativas, Noche en los Parques, y muchos individuos generosos. Estos programas son parcialmente apoyados por una subvención de Illinois artes Agencia del Consejo.

Conéctese con Synapse Arts en www.SynapseArts.com o en Instagram, Twitter, y Facebook.

Créditos de la foto: la foto superior es una captura de pantalla del video de Matt Griffo, fotos del coreógrafo de izquierda a derecha por Tim Tsang, Cheryl Neufville Etiang, Matt Griffo, Sarah Glover




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Chicago Dance Month - June 2021June 4 - SPACES exhibit closesSee our dance film...

Chicago Dance Month - June 2021

June 4 - SPACES exhibit closes
See our dance film “Leverage” in a curated digital exhibit of compelling time-based artworks. Vote for your pick in the People’s Choice award!
View the exhibit at this link: https://www.spacescle.org/exhibitions/2021/04/16/coming-suddenly-passing-strangely

June 5&6 – New Works 2021 Premieres
Saturday June 5 at 7pm
Sunday June 6 at 2pm
Via livestream, tickets $10-$50 and more information at this link: https://synapsearts.networkforgood.com/events/29468-synapse-arts-new-works-2021

June 25 at 7pm - Dance Through Different Lenses festival
A digital dance film festival presented by Banks Performance Project. Use ticket code “Rachel” to send a portion of your purchase to the Leverage team!
Tickets and more information at this link: https://www.banksperformanceproject.org/dance-through-different-lenses/dance-through-different-lenses-a-digital-dance-festival

June 30 at 4:30pm - Chicago Dance Month live event
See a textile dance in the trees of McKinley Park! Presented by See Chicago Dance.
FREE, more information at this link: https://seechicagodance.com/event/chicago-dance-month-%E2%80%9Cscavenger-hunt%E2%80%9D



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New Works 2021Synapse Arts – New Works 2021 PremieresSaturday June 5 at 7pmSunday June 6 at 2pmVia...

New Works 2021


Synapse Arts – New Works 2021 Premieres

Saturday June 5 at 7pm

Sunday June 6 at 2pm

Via livestream, tickets $10-$50 at this link: https://synapsearts.networkforgood.com/events/29468-synapse-arts-new-works-2021

left: Rahila Coats, photo by Grace Kerpan right: a screenshot from Maggie Bridger’s dance film


Access Notes

ASL interpretation and edited closed captioning included

Audio description available via conference call

For additional accessibility service requests, please contact info(at)synapsearts.com


Event Description

Our bi-annual New Works incubator program returns with two young dance artists who will premiere their original pieces to a virtual audience. Emerging from a field of 29 talented applicants, 2021 New Works artists Maggie Bridger and Rahila Coats were selected in January by our diverse and distinguished review panel. After working with their mentors in safe studio spaces provided by Synapse Arts, Maggie and Rahila are ready to unveil their moving and evocative dance creations on June 5 and 6, 2021.

Rahila Coats

With a body of work that often confronts personal narratives as they relate to consent and permission, Rahila’s pieces also draw from concepts of contact improvisation, play and fluidity in space. Since the winter, Rahila has been hard at work, collaborating with her mentor Jenn Freeman/Po’ Chop, a renowned Chicago-based performance artist. Rahila’s New Works piece is inspired by her connection with a grandmother who passed before she was born. Dealing with issues of race and gender, the work will also explore the relationships Black women have with their grandmothers - and the legacy of those connections, whether physical or spiritual. As a recent transplant from her hometown of Minneapolis, Rahila is excited to make her Chicago creative debut with Synapse Arts.

Maggie Bridger

As an accomplished dancer and PhD student at the UIC Department of Disability and Human Development, Maggie’s distinctive voice and unique artistic vision explore the generative potential of pain in creating movement. Collaborating closely with her New Works mentor Bryan Saner, a well-known creative artist, performer, and board member of Chicago Opportunity for Peace in Action, Maggie’ New Works premiere will invite the audience to question traditional ideas of the body in dance. Through the medium of film, Maggie’s work will explore her experiences with chronic pain. Incorporating themes drawn from her daily routines, the piece will delve into the practices that both mitigate and sharpen physical pain - both for herself and as she observes it in others.


What Is New Works?

Every other year, Synapse Arts invites dance artists and choreographers to apply for its pioneering New Works program. Up to three artists or artist groups are selected to create original pieces that reflect their unique voices - while sustaining the company’s priorities of diversity and inclusion. In addition to a stipend, New Works artists receive mentoring throughout the creative process, free rehearsal space, professional photos and videos, and more. Culminating in a final show for the public, participants also gain invaluable experience in performance production from planning and fundraising to marketing and ticket sales.




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Free dance classes for kidsBallet and Jazz Dance Combination class for 7 to 11 year oldsMondays...

Free dance classes for kids

Ballet and Jazz Dance Combination class for 7 to 11 year olds

Mondays 4-5pm CST April 5 - May 24, 2021

8 classes held virtually via Zoom, you will receive a link once registered

This beginner level activity is an introduction to ballet and jazz dance, adapted for a virtual space. This class introduces students to music and movement from both styles with progressive warm ups and fun combinations. Ballet instruction includes the five positions, floor and barre work as well as basic dance combinations. Jazz instruction includes stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and dance combinations. The class will culminate with a virtual “mini-performance” on the last day, where students will be encouraged to invite friends and family members to join the Zoom session and watch them dance!

Session schedule:

Class 1 (4/5): Ballet with Katie Matteson Campana

Class 2 (4/12): Ballet with Katie Matteson Campana

Class 3 (4/19): Ballet with Katie Matteson Campana

Class 4 (4/26): Jazz with Dylan Roth

Class 5 (5/3): Jazz with Dylan Roth

Class 6 (5/10): Jazz with Dylan Roth

Class 7 (5/17): Review and practice with both instructors

Class 8 (5/24): Mini-performance with both instructors! Students can invite select friends and family members to watch them dance during the last half hour of class on this day.

Register through Synapse at

https://synapsearts.networkforgood.com/events/28228-synapse-arts-spring-session-virtual-classes

(click “more details” for an active link)

FREE, registration required for Zoom link.

Registration will close on Sunday, April 18th.

Synapse Arts is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and is happy to accept tax-deductible donations of all sizes.

Classes will be held virtually via Zoom. Students are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing that allows movement, such as leotards or leggings, and to use a space in the house where they are free to move safely. Ballet shoes are optional. Taught by Synapse Teaching Artists Katie Matteson Campana and Dylan Roth.


Accessibility and inclusivity notes

Synapse Arts events actively welcome individuals with diverse identities, including all genders, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, income levels, ages, parent/caregiver status, backgrounds, and household structures. All sessions are relaxed and sensory-friendly. Please contact Megan at megan@synapsearts.com or 920-819-5467 with requests for accommodations​ or accessibility assistance.