SIDEBAR: Mobilizing Through Improvisation

 Nov 14, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
 Gray Center Lab

929 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

Mobilizing Through Improvisation:  A Global South and Southside Chicago Collaboration

This project stages an improvisational collaboration between local electronic musician Brother El from the south side of Chicago with actors and musicians from Ilkhom and Bata theaters of the post-Soviet south, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The collaborative work is centered on the concept of ‘translations’ and is structured around five vignettes from Central Asian poetry, bringing classic Central Asian instruments and synthesizers into a transnational dialogue about movement, connection, sonic mixing, fusion, synthesis and layering.

An artist workshop with the Ilkhom and Bata theaters will take place on Friday, November 9th from 12:30-3:20pm at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 East 60th. Please contact Leslie Buxbaum Danzig ( or Leah Feldman ( to enroll.

This event is sponsored by The Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, Franke Institute for the Humanities, Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, Committee on Theater and Performance Studies, UChicago Arts, and Pozen Family Center for Human Rights.