Throughout the month of June, 2023 Guggenheim Fellow Nejla Yatkin will surprise park visitors in nature with Firebird pop ups in different parks around the city in a sustainable relationship with nature and the natural habitat of the park.
In many myth and cultures, the Firebird (or in Egyptian myth its known as the Phoenix) is a messenger of hope and also considered to purify the land and waters and hence bestow fertility to where ever the Firebird visits. In addition, the mythical creature represents the union between the Earth and the Sky serving as the mediator and messenger between the two.
Firebird Pop Up series week 4
Gage Park (2411 W. 55th St.) Thursday, June 29 @6pm
McKinley Park (2210 W. Pershing Rd.) Friday, June 30 @6pm
Humboldt Park (1440 N. Humboldt Boulevard) Saturday July 1 @12pm
Firebird Parade at Caracol Gathering Space
Saturday, July 8 @5pm
Caracol Gathering Space
(South of McCormick Place Bird Sanctuary, approximately 2400 S. Lake Shore Drive, at Burnham Wildlife Corridor.)
Start and End at Caracol Gathering Space,
(Rain date for parade, Sunday July 9)
Firebird by Nejla Yatkin is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series, supported by the Mayor’s Office and Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. 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, present 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 visitwww.nightoutintheparks.com.
Nejla Yatkin (Performer/Choreographer): Described by The New York Times as "a magician, telling tales and creating worlds" and "a fierce and supple performer," 2023 Guggenheim Fellow and Chicago-based choreographer Nejla Yatkin travels the globe inspiring empathic connections between people and their environments. She creates solos, choreographs ensemble dances for stages and sites, collaborates on plays and film/ video projects, and educates young artists. Nejla hails from Germany; her artistic lineage enfolds European dance- theatre, American Modern Dance, African-American modern dance, and numerous international influences. She is the recipient of awards from the Princess Grace Foundation, the National Performance Network, 3Arts and the Baryshnikov Arts Center, 3Arts Foundation, Chicago Dancemakers Forum among others. For more see www.ny2dance.com
Patrick Wojtak (Musician) Patrick Wojtak (Whytalk) is a multi-instrumentalist (Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano) who composes and performs music as a meditative healing practice. He has roots in the Storytelling and Improv communities of Chicago. Through his studies of multiple acting techniques, Patrick has discovered the transformational possibilities of live theater and the creative potential when performing truthfully under any circumstance. He understands the world through music, prefers to bike when travelling, and is a Ping Pong enthusiast.