In many myth and cultures, the Firebird 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 will pop up and surprise park visitors in 19 different Chicago Parks between May 31st and June 18th, 2022. At the end of each dance, park visitors will be invited to join in a collective guided movement meditation dance. Roaming park visitors are also invited to create their own firebird dances which they can share on social media and tag @nejlayatkin21 @ChicagoParks, @yearofdance or go on a treasure hunt to search for the secret message hidden by Firebird. 

 Collaborators include
costume designer Katrin Schnabl,
musician Patrick Wojtak
Video artist Enki Andrews.

Chicago Parks where Firebird will PopUp

1) Park No. 568 (West Ridge Nature Preserve)- Tuesday May 31st, 2022 at 6:00 PM
2) Legion Park - Wednesday June 1st, 2022 at 6PM
3) Clark (Richard) Playlot Park - Thursday June 2nd, 2022 at 6PM
4) Park No. 579 (Ridgeway Trailhead) - Friday June 3rd, 2022 at 6PM
5) Humboldt Park - Saturday June 4th, 2022 at 11AM
6) Northerly Island -Sunday June 5th, 2022 at 11AM
7) Dearborn Park, Monday June 6th, 2022 at 12PM
8) Williams Park, Tuesday June 7th, 2022 at 6PM
9) Hadiya Pendleton Park - Wednesday June 8th, 2022 at 6PM
10) McKinley Park - Thursday June 9th, 2022 at 6PM
11) Bohn Park - Friday June 10th, 2022 at 6PM
12) Park No. 564 (Big Marsh) - Saturday June 11th, 2022 at 11AM
13) Arcade Park - Sunday June 12th, 2022 at 11AM
14) Rainbow Beach & Park - Monday June 13th, 2022 at 9AM
15) Jackson Park - Tuesday June 14th, 2022 at 9AM
16) Promontory Point- Wednesday June 15th, 2022 at 9AM
17) Oakwood Beach, Thursday June 16th, 2022 at 9AM
18) Lincoln Park, Friday June 17th, 2022 at 9AM
19) Montrose Beach, Saturday June 18th, 2022 at 9AM

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. Celebrating 10 years, the 2022 Night Out in the Parks program presents cultural events year-round in neighborhood parks throughout the city. The Chicago Park District in partnership with over 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.

Bios: Bio for Nejla Yatkin (Performer):
Described by The New York Times as "a magician, telling tales and creating worlds" and "a fierce and supple performer," 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, among others.

Katrin Schnabl (Costume Designer)
Katrin Schnabl is a designer whose work is primarily situated in contemporary fashion and performance. Visual attributes expand movement, explore tensions, negative space, flow and patterns, and emotional attributes enhance and sharpen the performer's sense of their role. The name lineamente suggests trailing and defining emphatic vault lines created by underlying motion or tension. With every garment there is a re-negotiation of form, of edge, of outline, of lineament that encourages a shift of perception. Edge emerges as a crucial border where cloth ends and skin begins.

Patrick Wojtak (Musician)
A multi-instrumentalist (Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano) who composes and performs music in the spirit of healing transcendence. With roots in both the Storytelling and Improv communities, Patrick acknowledges the transformational possibilities of live theater and its creative potential. His studies in varied acting techniques, particularly Meisner, offers him the opportunity to perform truthfully under any circumstance.