Dancer in bright orange flowing costume in the foreground with a park behind


Date & Time: Wed, Jun 28, 2023 from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM


11555 S. Stony Island Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617

Fee: $0.00

Age Range: All Ages

Categories: Dance Night Out in the Parks


Be surprised by Firebird - pop up dance events by Nejla Yatkin accompanied by musician Patrick Wojtak! Throughout the month of June and July , Nejla Yatkin will surprise park visitors popping up as Firebird/Phoenix in different Chicago parks to celebrate the return of summer and call in the transformational energy of the sun.

Exploring Sound and Movement with Firebird

In this workshop, participants will explore the beauty and complexity of bird sounds and learn how to use found objects and their own bodies to create their own unique soundscape. Participants will learn new movement vocabulary inspired by the rhythms and patterns of bird sounds, and develop choreography that integrates their own soundscape into the dance.

We will begin with a guided warm-up, focusing on breath, alignment, and grounding. The warm-up will incorporate Firebird-inspired movements and gestures, such as flapping wings pecking beaks and flocking. In addition participants will explore different sounds and vocalizations inspired by the Firebird. The instructor will guide participants in using their own bodies and found objects as percussive instruments to create dynamic and expressive sounds.

The instructor will provide prompts and imagery to inspire sound-making, such as "the trill of a bird's song" or "the flutter of wings.” Using found objects and their own bodies, participants will work individually or in small groups to create their own soundscape. Each participant can bring their own found objects to make sounds.

At the end of class using the sounds and instruments as well as movements explored in the previous sections, participants will be encouraged to create their own soundscape choreography that they can bring to the Firebird Parade on July 8nd.