American goldfinch perches on marsh grass.
American goldfinch on marsh grasses. © Steven Sutter

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Chicago Dancemakers Forum: Birds, Bugs & Tap


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 second of the three events, "Birds, Bugs and Tap" will be performed on Saturday, Sept. 21 beginning at 4:00 p.m. at Hegewisch Marsh, 13298 S. Torrence Ave., Chicago, IL 60633. Chicago tap artists under the direction of Chicago Dancemakers Forum 2018 Lab Artist Nico Rubio will perform original work inspired by and responding to the rhythms and timbres of bird calls and insect sounds. The event will include stewardship and educational activities coordinated by experts from The Nature Conservancy to highlight the natural features of Hegewisch Marsh.

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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