Presented by See Chicago Dance and the Chicago Cultural Alliance
April 3, May 9, and June 5

CHICAGO, IL (March 8, 2018) – Three Chicago museums partner with three Chicago choreographers for an innovative new series that showcases the city’s diverse cultural heritage. Moving Dialogs: Culture in Motion is a collaboration that brings together cultural heritage museums and choreographers to create new dance works inspired by museum collections.

Moving Dialogs, which kicks off in April during Chicago Dance Month, is presented by See Chicago Dance and the Chicago Cultural Alliance. The three partnerships include the dance company VADCo with the Chinese American Museum, Chicago Dance Crash with the Haitian American Museum of Chicago, and Synapse Arts with the Indo-American Heritage Museum.

“The partnership with See Chicago Dance was developed because we share a common goal – to foster new opportunities for innovation and collaboration in dance, art, and culture,” says Emily Reusswig, executive director of the Chicago Cultural Alliance. “We want audiences to feel more connected to the cultural heritage collections that reside in Chicago and movement is an exciting way to connect.”

“See Chicago Dance is thrilled to present this new initiative in partnership with the Chicago Cultural Alliance, which is born out of our collective commitment to art and culture,” says Heather Hartley, executive director of See Chicago Dance. “As a universal, non-verbal language, dance is unique in its ability to express and connect across various cultures and ethnicities. We look forward to this spring’s pilot program and hope it will lead to similar cross-cultural partnerships in the future.”

Each event, which is FREE and open to the public, will include an interactive presentation of the dance along with the cultural heritage objects that inspired the piece, followed by a conversation with the artists and curator, moderated by Zachary Whittenburg, communications director, Arts Alliance Illinois, and a reception with light refreshments.

Moving Dialogs serves as a performative interpretation of cultural objects through dance and discussion on the intersection and process with curator and choreographer. Explaining her interest in working with the Haitian American Museum of Chicago, choreographer Porcha Spells of Chicago Dance Crash comments, “It’s an honor to present work in Chicago’s only Haitian museum, a place where many Haitian artists can find sanctuary. I hope that the artwork we present will serve as a reminder of the

struggle and sacrifice that the Haitian people have endured and offer a positive perspective of their rich culture.”

Moving Dialogs: Culture in Motion series details:

  • Tuesday, April 3, 6-8pm - Haitian American Museum of Chicago (HAMOC), 4654 N Racine and Chicago Dance Crash with Porscha Spells choreography. This collaboration opens Chicago Dance month.
  • Wednesday, May 9, 6-8pm - Chinese American Museum of Chicago, 238 W 23rd St, Chicago, and VADCo/Valarie Alpert choreography, celebrating Asian American Heritage month.
  • Tuesday, June 5 at 6pm - Indo-American Heritage Museum, The Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr., and Synapse Art – Rachel Damon choreography.



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B-roll: Available up request

Press Contacts:

For more information and to schedule interviews, please contact Jada Russell at 312-375-4136, or Jill Chukerman at 773-392-1409,

ABOUT SEE CHICAGO DANCE –See Chicago Dance (SCD), founded as the nonprofit Audience Architects in 2006, is a dance service organization with a mission to advocate for the dance field and strengthen a diverse range of dance organizations and artists through services and programs that build and engage audiences. SCD provides Chicago dance organizations and artists with increased visibility, expansive resources, and forums to showcase and share their talents. Its flagship program, the audience development website, drives ticket sales and has grown to become the most comprehensive source of information on dance in Chicago, offering feature stories and reviews, discount ticket offers, and in-depth information on more than 200 dance companies and organizations. See Chicago Dance also hosts professional development workshops for artists, convenes the dance industry quarterly for networking and shared learning opportunities, and hosts numerous events, artist discussions, and showings to educate and inform the public about Chicago’s vibrant and diverse dance scene. For more information, visit

ABOUT CHICAGO CULTURAL ALLIANCE – The Chicago Cultural Alliance (CCA) is the only organization of its kind in the US, representing 38 Chicago-area heritage museums, cultural centers, and historical societies – our Core Members, and 19 Partners, a wide range of civic and arts organizations. Our mission is to connect, promote, and support centers of cultural heritage for a more inclusive and culturally vibrant region. The CCA’s programming and services celebrate diversity, preserve history, and honor tradition while amplifying intercultural collaboration. CCA offerings include large-scale collaborative programming that showcases Core Member assets, shared services that build capacity, promotion, and networking opportunities throughout the year through our member meetings and conferences. The CCA was formally created in 2008 after beginning at The Field Museum as the Cultural Connections program from 1998-2006. More information is available at

Moving Dialogs: Culture in Motion is made possible by funding from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Chicago Seminar on Dance and Performance, and The Joyce Foundation.

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