Public performance series has successful two part kick off in Wicker Park and Bucktown


Collaboraction's Anthony Moseley leads some of the Environmental Encroachment band members at Damen, Milwaukee and North Ave.

A Geodesic dome and dancers in the middle of the Polish Triangle and haunting New Orleans sounds from an eclectically dressed marching band, at the Blue Line Western, Damen and Polish Triangle stops, kicked off the twelve-week performance series Out Of Site. Each Friday evening thru Oct. 14 between 5 and 7 p.m., visitors and residents can expect to experience a variety of outdoor performances sponsored by the WPB (SSA #33) and Walkabout Theater Company.


Environmental Encroachment on their way to the Polish Triangle

Two groups performed for the inaugural night. Environmental Encroachment, a whacky and talented group of brass and percussion musicians, was an unexpected delightful experience for people at the three Blue Line stops during the hot steamy Friday night commute. Starting at the Western stop they ended in the Polish Triangle (Milwaukee, Damen and Ashland) where Collaboraction engaged participants in Dome of Doom.

Two of the youngest contestants battle away in the dance contest in the Polish Triangle as Collaboraction's Anthony Moseley encourages them

Inspired by James Kennedy's book The Order of Odd Fish in which gods battle inside a Geodesic dome, their performance included thirty audience contestants. With Environmental Encroachment supplying the music, one of two dancers, showing off their best dance moves, was proclaimed the winner by the audience of a ninety-second battle. Then the next contestant battled with the victor, and so on until the final battle's glory victory.


Dancin' dudes caused Jessie Rochan to say, "I have never laughed so much."

Focused in the Polish Triangle, the weekly events are designed to provide public art experiences that are unexpected and that might delight, pleasantly divert, or call into question the world we live in. Curated by Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery, international, national and local performance artists, dancers and theatre companies will be part of this exciting new way of experiencing the fun and excitement of Wicker Park and Bucktown on Chicago's near northwest side.

The list of up coming performers includes: Ginger Krebs and Andy Braddock, Aug. 5; Meg Duguid, Aug. 12; Rachel Bunting and The Humans,  Aug. 19; Joseph Ravens, Aug. 26; The New Colony, Sept. 2;  Martine Viale, Sept. 9; 3 Card Molly, Sept. 18;  Industry of the Ordinary, Sept. 23; Pretty Dirty, Oct. 7; and Walkabout Theater Company, Oct. 14.

Photos courtesy of: Cesario Moza

For more information: Defibrillator and performers



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