“Conversation Interruptus,” choreographed by Lin Shook and Harvard Vallance, is a witty look at the impact of cell phones on our lives. They are both a blessing and a curse. Our addiction to them threatens our relationships. We stand amidst a vortex of interruptions, dropped connections, and a yearning for truly meaningful connection.

“Spirits of the Trees,” choreographed by Lin Shook, is about regeneration and connection to nature. Dessa Kirk’s sculptures of part women, part tree goddesses on Chicago’s Northerly Island inspired it. The dance tells the story of three tree goddesses who are awakened by a wise woman/crone. To survive, each goddess must regenerate her own special power: earth, fire or wind. Spirits of the Trees reflects the resilience, power, strength and beauty symbolized by trees. Props are designed and created by Lin Shook in collaboration with well-known fiber artist Danny Mansmith.

“Into View,” choreographed by Lin Shook. Three dancers emerge from a crowd to explore interpretation, communication, and perception through a tightly woven dance of gesture and body language. Into View was Curator’s choice for the 2004 Around the Coyote Festival in Chicago, Illinois.