A great blue heron stands in a pond at Big Marsh Natural Area.
Great blue heron at Big Marsh. © Emanuel Love

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Chicago Dancemakers Forum: CYCLE at Big Marsh


The Nature Conservancy is thrilled to partner with Chicago Dancemakers Forum to present a series of original dance performances centered on stewardship and ecological exploration called Natural Encounters. Past Chicago Dancemakers Forum awardees Nejla Yatkin, Ayako Kato, Nico Rubio, and Erin Kilmurray will present immersive dance works at Indian Ridge Marsh, Hegewisch Marsh, and Big Marsh These events are presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks program. All three events are free and open to the public.

The final event in the series will feature the high-energy choreography of 2018 Greenhouse Artist Erin Kilmurray in an event called CYCLE. The performance will take place on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Big Marsh, 11555 S. Stony Island Ave., Chicago IL 60617. Kilmurray will engage with the environment and history of Big Marsh along its bike paths through this exciting performance with live music. The event will include stewardship and educational activities coordinated by experts from The Nature Conservancy to highlight the natural features of Big Marsh. The event is in partnership with Experimental Station/Blackstone Bicycle Works and Friends of Big Marsh, who will be hosting a barbeque that will be open to audience members. 

Natural Encounters is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series, supported by the Mayor’s Office and Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Arts programming in neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan. Now in its 7th year, the 2019 Night Out in the Parks series will host over 2,000 cultural events and programs at more than 250 neighborhood parks throughout the city; making community parks a safe haven and hubs of activity. Projects vary from traditional performances and concerts, to peace rallies, community workshops, nature-based programs, dance performances, festivals, site specific projects, and more. The Chicago Park District has partnered with more than 140 arts and community organizations to expand and produce this citywide initiative.


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