Tryon Farm Institute and Kristina Isabelle Dance presents – ART IN NATURE

The Tryon Farm Institute in partnership with Kristina Isabelle Dance presents Art in Nature, a once a month performance series featuring dance, film, music and art experiences at Tryon Farm in Michigan City. Join us and bring a picnic to enjoy an evening under the stars exploring Art in Nature as we enrich the natural environment with movement, light and sound to build intimate connections between people and nature. The series opens July 20th and runs once a month through October 12th.

The Art in Nature season opens with the culmination of Michigan City Moves Sand: A Migrating Performance in 4 Parts. Sand Part 4: Succession / Migration is a dance film with live performers. Film directed by Elise Kermani with dancers from Kristina Isabelle Dance and body puppet artist Pilgrim Heidi Kambitsch. The evening will also include Pool Prelude a site-specific work choreographed by Melli Hoppe featuring dancers from the South Shore Dance Alliance and KIDCO. Michigan City Moves: MCM is an artist collective dedicated to promoting and sharing experimental music, dance and film in NW Indiana featuring Elise Kermani, Melli Hoppe and Kristina Isabelle.

Tryon Farm Institute and Kristina Isabelle Dance bring a unique partnership to allow artists a chance to explore the ecological environment to develop their work as well as to introduce the public to new artistic experiences based in nature.

July 20th – Dance Film with live performers 8:00 p.m.
Michigan City Moves presents Sand: A Migrating Performance in 4 Parts
Part 4 is a live interactive dance film by Elise Kermani projected on the Tryon Farm barn. MCM Sand project took place over four months exploring the connection of land and architecture from the Riverwalk in Portage to the Lubeznik Center for the Arts and culminating in a dance film projected onto the barn at Tryon Farm. This performance will also include the Pool Prelude choreographed by Melli Hoppe featuring the South Shore Dance Alliance performing around the swimming pool inspired by the surrounding sounds and structures.

August 17th – Bonfire Concert 7:30 p.m.
Bonfire Concert featuring Tryon resident Mark Grobner with his hammer dulcimer. Mark Grobner has provided therapeutic music in hospital, hospice, and long-term care settings since 2002. He has presented on the topic of Music & Healing at various conferences and seminars including the 2004 Advocate Healthcare Dimensions of Excellence Conference with music therapist Soozie-Cotter Schaufele. “While Mark plays with great technical precision, more importantly is the sensitivity and soulfulness that comes through his delivery” (Ken Kolodner). Mark teaches the hammered dulcimer in Indiana and performs throughout the Midwest. He has recorded three CDs, and produced the compilation CD, Journey to the Heart, Hammer Dulcimer Expressions, which includes some of the finest hammered dulcimer players in the country.

September 13th – Documentary film screening 7:30 p.m.
We will present Mr Canoe about the life of Ralph Frese, master canoe builder, historian and expedition paddler and his 1976 expedition recreating Lasalle’s trip from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and their snow storm portage through NW Indiana. Director James Forni will be onsite to share his story and the making of this film.

September 14th – Drawing you Outside- art experience 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Christine Forni will create a mobile outdoor drawing room for participants to explore nature and the landscape though handmade charcoal. All ages and experience are welcome. Drawing You Outside brings international visual artist Forni back to Tryon, she participated in last years Hunter’s Moon Dance Happening. Artist Salon Talk begins at 5:00pm and will feature Forni, Kimberly Beck and other visual artists as the share their work and how nature influences their art.

October 12th – Site-specific walking performance 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Oct 12th will be the third annual Hunters Moon Dance Happening, a curated evening of dance and music on the land and features a diverse group of artists including Erin Kilmurray Dance, Jenn Freeman, Precious Jennings and Amelia Charter movement artists, opera singer Julian Otis, musician Angel Bat Dawid and cellist Wilson Tanner Smith. Followed by a Bonfire Dance Party.

*These artists were selected to be participate in the first residency program at Tryon Farm and will be on-site collaboratively creating the work and sharing their process with the community from Oct. 7-12.

*All performances will end with time to celebrate and interact with the performers and guests at a community bonfire.

*All events are outside and some will require walking – please wear appropriate footwear. Flashlights recommended.

*Suggested donations: $20 adults / $10 kids and Drawing you Outside $10 adults / $5 kids

“If you need an ADA accommodation, please call this number 614-638-6186

All performances at Tryon Farm
1500 Tryon Road, Michigan City, IN 46360

The Tryon Farm Institute connects people with nature through responsible land use, diverse educational experiences and research opportunities. TFI is an Indiana chartered non-profit land trust and education membership organization with a mission to connect human and natural communities by promoting habitat diversity and sustainable land husbandry.

Kristina Isabelle Dance produces multi-media evening length works, many featuring my signature long-legged stilt dances as well as site specific environmental dance-scapes. KIDCO tours nationally and internationally Resident of Tryon Farm, Isabelle is also the director and curator of the Art in Nature series.

Michigan City Moves is a performance collective dedicated to promoting and sharing experimental music, dance and film. The collective includes Melli Hoppe, Elise Kermani and Kristina Isabelle.

For more information please contact:
Kristina Isabelle Art in Nature – Director 614-638-6186 or

Funding Support provided by: Tryon Farm Institute, Kristina Isabelle Dance, Michigan City Moves, South Shore Arts, Indiana Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts,
mediaThefoundation, and the Michigan City Commission for Women

About TryonFarmInstitute

Tryon Farm Institute, Inc. (TFI) is an Indiana chartered non-profit land trust and education organization with a mission to connect human and natural communities by promoting habitat diversity and sustainable land husbandry.

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