Michigan City Moves presents Sand: A Migrating Performance in 4 Parts

Kristina Isabelle of Michigan City Moves performs a dance routine on the sand.

MICHIGAN CITY — Michigan City Moves, a new performance collective dedicated to promoting and sharing experimental music, dance and film in the Northwest Indiana region, is presenting a series of performances highlighting nature and architecture from the Indiana Dunes, to the Lubeznik Center for the Arts and a historic barn at Tryon Farm.

The performances will feature the work of choreographers Kristina Isabelle and Melli Hoppe, sound media artist Elise Kermani, and costumes by Pilgrim Heidi Kambitsch. The series is inspired by the play "Sacred Sands: A Play for Voices," written by David Hoppe, and the book "Sacred Sands: The Struggle for Community in the Indiana Dunes," written by J. Ronald Engel.

Part I: Readjustment/Shifting Sand took place April 27 at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

Part 2: Disruption was performed on May 3 at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts

Part 3: Community will occur the weekend of the summer solstice, at 6 p.m. on June 22. It will also take place at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk - Indiana Dunes National Park, Riverwalk Drive, Portage. This performance will be a large-scale site-specific work that will include performers from Chicago and Northwest Indiana including dancers from South Shore Dance Alliance. This performance will incorporate the audio tour of the play "Sacred Sands: A Play for Voices" recorded by Dan Schaaf. This performance is free and open to the public. 

Part 4: Succession/Migration will culminate the series with a film by Elise Kermani that will include footage of all three previous performances. This film will be projected on the barn at Tryon Farm, 1500 Tryon Road. Michigan City, at 7 p.m. on July 20 and will include live performers. This event is co-sponsored by the Tryon Farm Institute. Suggested donation is $20 for adults and $10 for children.

MCM is an artist collective dedicated to promoting and sharing experimental music, dance and film in NW Indiana through performances, classes and interactive workshops. The current collective features Melli Hoppe, Kristina Isabelle and Elise Kermani. Melli Hoppe was the Artistic Director of Susurrus, an Indianapolis based not-for-profit performance group, from 1993-2013. She has collaborated on, or performed in, site-specific performances in Indiana, New York, L.A., Ireland and Italy and taught site-specific theatre and stage movement at Butler University for 10 years. Kristina Isabelle is the artistic director of Kristina Isabelle Dance for 16 years producing multi-media evening length works, many featuring signature long-legged stilt dances as well as site specific environmental dance-scapes. KIDCO tours nationally and internationally. Elise Kermani is artistic director of MiShinnah Productions, a non-profit dedicated to making cross genre performance films. She received a PhD in Media Philosophy from the European Graduate School and teaches media art at State University of New York, Empire State College. Her particular interest is in creating site specific performance where architecture informs the project.

Sand: A Migrating Performance in Four Parts is made possible through partnerships with Save the Dunes, MiShinnah Productions, Kristina Isabelle Dance Company and the Tryon Farm Institute. For more information contact Melli Hoppe at 219-210-3619 or michigancitymoves@gmail.com.

Funding for this project was provided for in part by a grant from the mediaThe Foundation.

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