CDE, Erica Mott Productions (EMP) and Ezzat Ezzat Contemporary Dance Studio (Cairo, Egypt [EECDS]) collaborate to co-develop:
The Mycelial Cycle
Funded by the MacArthur International Fund Grant, The Mycelial Cycle is an interactive multimedia performance installation that researches social organization and civic participation in a dizzying age of digital connection and sociopolitical division.
Developed through a series of one-to-one cultural exchanges between American and Egyptian composers, programmers, dancers, new media artists and augmented through local community workshops, The Mycelial Cycle will provide pathways to kinesthetic empathy and a platform for deeper connection between local communities in Cairo and Chicago. Developed through a series of one-to-one cultural exchanges between American and Egyptian composers, programmers, dancers and new media artists, this artwork will culminate in live multimedia and participatory events in both Cairo and Chicago. Drawing on the experiences of activists during the Occupy Wall Street Movement and Egyptian Revolution of 2011, the team has implemented new and emerging technologies to dissect the collision and collusion of bodies occupying both digital and physical spaces.
The Mycelial Cycle strives to be an immersive platform where embodied experience and kinesthetic empathy can spark deeper conversation around “otherness” and artistic practice as cultural diplomacy.
CDE, EMP and EECDS work in Chicago and Cairo to develop two smaller performances, as well as host workshops experiences in January and March. The first round of The Mycelial Cycle culminates with a final technological installation and performance experience at The Hyde Park Arts Center in the summer of 2018.
UPCOMING MYCELIAL CYCLE PERFORMANCES & WORKSHOPS
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Image from presentation of, "Mycelial: Street Parliament" with EMP and EECDS during Summer 2017 at High Concept Labs (Chicago).