April is Arts, Culture and Creativity Month!

April is Arts, Culture and Creativity Month and we’ll be celebrating throughout the month 

Join us tonight for the first in a series called Moving Through, a month of dance and movement for times of change. Moving Through will premiere online on four Thursdays at 7 p.m. in April.  

Filmed at Union Station, the series launches on Metro, Metro Art and Union Station’s Facebook pages and Union Station’s YouTube channel, and will continue April 8, 15 and 22. 

Four teaching artists from Pieter Performance Space will bring their approaches to movement practice to different corners of Union Station. Each program features a connection to transit, ranging from the practical to the abstract to the historical.  

Whether you choose to follow along and learn one of these practices or you’re simply there to watch, please practice thoughtful caution when trying all new movement-based activities!    

  • Thurs 4/1, 7 p.m. – Movement of Stillness with Joy Alegria 

Long-time transit rider, Joy Alegria, a curator and arts educator who integrates dance, yoga and somatics, will offer a sequence of breath, stretching and meditation practices to bring serenity and calm, even while in transit alongside new music by Alex Wand.

  • Thurs 4/8, 7 p.m. – Cunningham Technique with Chard Gonzalez 

Chard Gonzalez, a choreographer, performer and teacher, will be joined by dancers Tamsin Carlson, Julie Opiel and Heather Seybolt to introduce exercises from Cunningham Technique, a dance training method that explores how the spine and limbs can move both independently from one another and in unison. The technique was developed by renowned choreographer Merce Cunningham.

  • Thurs 4/15, 7 p.m. – House Dance: Dance Happens Everywhere with Emiko Sugiyama 

Emiko Sugiyama, a performer and producer who has worked with renowned street dance and hip-hop companies, will be joined by dancers Andrea Lomelin and Juliet Mendoza to demonstrate foundational steps of House Dance rooted in the subway systems of New York and Chicago. She will then show how to put them all together in a dynamic sequence.

  • Thurs 4/22, 7 p.m. - BAGGAGE, A New Dance Film by Jay Carlon with Musician Alex Wand 

“BAGGAGE” celebrates origin stories and embodies the many histories of arrivals and departures at the station. A personal family narrative is unpacked through music, dance and memory inside Union Station’s Ticketing Hall. Jay Carlon, named as one of the 25 dancers to watch in 2020 by Dance Magazine, is collaborating with Grammy Award-winning musician and composer Alex Wand.


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