Performance at The Edge Theater

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To Touch the Earth is an evening of modern dance inspired by the climate crisis.

Seven dances are on the program, each reflecting a different aspect of the climate crisis.

DATES–> 3/31/23 & 04/01/23

TIME–>  7:30 PM

LOCATION–> The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway Chicago, Il 60640

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** A Brief talk on the environment follows the performance.

According to Aldous Huxley, Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement.

Perceptual Motion Dance Company in Chicago is proud to present “To Touch the Earth,” an evening of contemporary dance that explores the urgency of the climate crisis.

The program features seven dynamic and thought-provoking dances that delve into the complexities of our relationship with the earth.

“Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano” opens the evening with a fast-paced, energetic trio that reflects the dangerous and uncertain position we find ourselves in regarding the climate crisis. With music by Afro Celt Soundsystem, the dance challenges us to consider the future of the earth and humanity.

We are currently at the edge of a Climate Crisis. It’s like standing on the edge of a volcano wanting to see and understand it, yet knowing and fearing the impending danger of an eruption.  Will the earth survive? Will humanity survive?

Dance #2 – The Earth Speaks (premiere)

The earth is telling us in no uncertain terms that action is essential to the survival of the planet.

Shook creates images of receding shorelines, gulf winds and trash in our waterways. 

Silk fabric forms whirlwind strokes of energy and color in a stark environment.

Costumes inspired by Chicago artist Nick Cave disguise the dancers, dictating their movement and making them appear part human, part vegetation.

Dance #3 – “Serpents” is a seductive dance that mesmerizes the audience with continuously evolving images reminiscent of snakes and lava lamps. The performance, which debuted in 1994, showcases the beauty and power of movement as two dancers flirt with each other and the audience.

Dance #4 – “Got Plastic?” is a premiere that sheds light on the impact of plastic on our planet. The dancers, dressed in dresses made from plastic garbage bags, make a bold statement about the dangers of plastic pollution and the need for change.

Dance #5 – “When the Stars Dance” takes us on a journey through the vast, mysterious night sky. The dancers explore the beauty and wonder of the stars, reminding us of the majesty of the universe and the importance of protecting our planet.

Dance #6 – “Time is a River” is a moving timeline of gesture-based movements that explore the various stages of life. Performed on a diagonal from upstage to downstage, the dance is a continuous stream of images, showcasing the beauty and complexity of life on earth. Original music is by Fred Simon.

Dance #7 – The Monarch, the final performance of the evening, is inspired by the life story of the butterfly. With the Monarch butterfly recently placed on the endangered list, the dance serves as a powerful reminder of the impact of the climate crisis on our world.

“To Touch the Earth” is a must-see performance for anyone who cares about the future of our planet. This evening of dance will leave you moved, inspired, and with a deeper understanding of the climate crisis and our relationship with the earth.

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the power of movement and raise awareness about the climate crisis. Book your tickets now!

Performance at The  EDGE Theater in Chicago

To Touch the Earth is an evening of modern dance inspired by the climate crisis. 

DATES–> 3/31/23 & 04/01/23

TIME–>  7:30 PM

LOCATION–> The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway Chicago, Il 60640

TICKETS –> Available on Eventbrite for $15-20

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** The Edge theater is Wheelchair Accessible

Lin has served the dance community for over 25 years as a performer, choreographer and teacher. She has an MA in Dance from American University where she received the Independent Choreographer's award from the Metropolitan Dance Association in Washington, DC. She served on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Dance Coalition for 7 years and founded the Chicago Dance Coalition Newsletter. She has also served on the dance panels of the Illinois Arts Council and the Department of Cultural Affairs. Lin is a Dance Specialist in Chicago area schools through Urban Gateways and Art Start and an Artist-in-Residence for the Illinois Arts Council. She has done extensive writing for the Illinois Arts Alliance for Education, the Chicago Board of Education and the State of Illinois.