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Jennifer Monson/Bird Brain: Ducks and Geese Migration

Apr 22–25, 2004


Bold – Poetic – Spiritual
Internationally acclaimed Jennifer Monson is “expanding the range of beauty in dance” (New York Times). Her site-specific project follows the migratory pathways of birds from the Gulf of Mexico through the Midwest to the Canadian border. Bird Brain investigates the spectacular navigational traits of animals and their metaphorical relationship to humans, as fellow world travelers. By literally following the migratory routes of birds, the dancers weave together a community across continents, ecosystems, and cultures. Monson’s choreography springs brilliantly to life, bringing together dancers, scientists, environmentalists, and nature lovers with public dance events, discussions, and workshops. Please call the MCA Box Office at 312.397.4010 for a complete schedule of events with the artist.

Thursday, April 22, 5:30 pm, Free
Wrigley Square in Millennium Park (Michigan Avenue at Randolph Street)

Saturday, April 24, 7 am–noon and 3–8 pm
Calumet Open Space Reserve
Two trips: bus departs the MCA at 7 am and 3 pm
Includes four different Bird Brain performances, a light meal, and a neighborhood tour, plus exclusive on-bus and site-specific performances by Chicago-based artists.

MCA members $14, general $18

Sunday, April 25, 2 pm, Free
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (2430 North Cannon Drive)

For more information on Bird Brain.


Organized by the MCA in partnership with Links Hall, Interdisciplinary Arts Department Columbia College Chicago, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Chicago Park District. Support for this program is also provided by the Chicago Department of Environment and by Erika Pearsall and Ned Jannotta.