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Guardians of the Earth and Sky

2pm on July 13th, July 27th & August 17th, 2024
Calumet Park | Palmisano Park | Garden of the Phoenix

Come on an adventure with the Four Celestial Guardians: the White Tiger of the West, the Black Tortoise of the North, the Azure Dragon of the East, and the Vermilion Bird of the South! 

 

Explore seasons, elements, colors, and constellations through storytelling, music, and dance in this interactive performance by Heritage Museum of Asian Art Resident Artist Irene Hsiao in collaboration with tai chi master Peter Wong, dancers Amanda Maraist and Darling Shear, musicians Paige Brown and Hunter Diamond, visual artist Young Kim, storyteller Penny Li, and Heritage Museum of Asian Art. The performance will take place in Calumet Park on July 13th (as part of the Calumet Park Centennial Celebration), Palmisano Park on July 27th, and in the Garden of the Phoenix on Jackson Park's Wooded Island on August 17th.

Altogether, this multicultural cast in fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, French, English, Japanese, Korean, and Swahili - and the performance is created in collaboration with participants of all ages, who will be invited to speak, sing, dance, and create artwork with us.

Performances are free, and art supplies will be provided to create headpieces to wear in this all-ages event inspired by artworks at the Heritage Museum of Asian Art. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes for walking approximately one mile.

The ancient Chinese Huainanzi 淮南子 describes a universe divided into five directions, each associated with a color, a guardian, a season, and an element. The guardians are 青龍 Azure Dragon of the East (wood), 朱雀 Red Bird of the South (fire), 白虎 White Tiger of the West (metal), 玄武 Black Tortoise of the North (water), and 黃龍 Yellow Dragon of the Center (earth).

Guardians of the Earth and Sky is presented as part of the Chicago's Park District's Night Out in the Parks series, supported by the Mayor's Office and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. This project is made possible, in part, by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, the Awesome Foundation, and Calumet Park Advisory Council. The Night Out in the Parks program presents cultural events year-round in neighborhood parks throughout the city. The Chicago Park District in partnership with 100 local artists and organizations, presents engaging events and performances that enhance quality of life across Chicago and amplify the artistic and cultural vibrancy in every neighborhood. Through multiple disciplines, which include theater, music, movies, dance, site-specific work, nature programs, and community festivals, the series aims to support Chicago-based artists, facilitate community-based partnerships and programs, cultivate civic engagement, and ensure equity in access to the arts for all Chicagoans. For more information, please visit www.nightoutintheparks.com

Dates & Locations

July 13th, 2PM: Calumet Park, 9801 S. Avenue G, 60617 - part of the Calumet Park Centennial Celebration.

July 27th, 2PM: Palmisano Park, 2700 S. Halsted St, 60608

August 17th, 2PM: Garden of the Phoenix on Jackson Park's Wooded Island, 6300 S Cornell Avenue, 60637

  • [Palmisano Park] Guardians of the Earth and Sky: Performance and Art-Making Activity
    [Palmisano Park] Guardians of the Earth and Sky: Performance and Art-Making Activity
    Sat, Jul 27
    Chicago
    Jul 27, 2024, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT
    Chicago, 2700 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608, USA
    Jul 27, 2024, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT
    Chicago, 2700 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608, USA
    July 27, 2-4PM, Palmisano Park. Dance, music, storytelling, and artmaking inspired by the four guardian animals of the Chinese constellations: the Tiger, the Tortoise, the Dragon, and the Bird.
  • [Garden of the Phoenix] Guardians of the Earth and Sky: Performance and Art-Making Activity
    [Garden of the Phoenix] Guardians of the Earth and Sky: Performance and Art-Making Activity
    Sat, Aug 17
    Chicago
    Aug 17, 2024, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT
    Chicago, 6300 S Cornell Ave, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
    Aug 17, 2024, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT
    Chicago, 6300 S Cornell Ave, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
    Aug 17, 2-4PM, Garden of the Phoenix, Jackson Park. Dance, music, storytelling, and artmaking inspired by the four guardian animals of the Chinese constellations: the Tiger, the Tortoise, the Dragon, and the Bird.
  • [Calumet Park] Guardians of the Earth and Sky: Performance
    [Calumet Park] Guardians of the Earth and Sky: Performance
    Sat, Jul 13
    Chicago
    Jul 13, 2024, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT
    Chicago, 9801 S Ave G, Chicago, IL 60617, USA
    Jul 13, 2024, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT
    Chicago, 9801 S Ave G, Chicago, IL 60617, USA
    July 13, 2-3PM, Calumet Park. Dance, music, and storytelling inspired by the four guardian animals of the Chinese constellations: the Tiger, the Tortoise, the Dragon, and the Bird.

About the Artists

Museum of Asian Art
HERITAGE

亞洲傳統藝術博物館

Heritage Museum of Asian Art is a non-profit organization with IRS 501 (c) (3) tax exempt status. 

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