SAND Press Release


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Contact:  Melli Hoppe                                                 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  March 18, 2019

(219) 210-3619

Michigan City Moves presents Sand: A Migrating Performance in 4 Parts


MICHIGAN CITY, IN— Michigan City Moves, a new performance collective dedicated to promoting and sharing experimental music, dance and film in the NW Indiana region, is presenting a series of performances, highlighting nature and architecture from the Indiana Dunes, to the Lubeznik Center for the Arts and a historic barn at Tryon Farm. The performances will feature the work of choreographers Kristina Isabelle and Melli Hoppe, sound media artist Elise Kermani, and costumes by Pilgrim Heidi Kambitsch. The series is inspired by the play Sacred Sands: A Play for Voices, written by David Hoppe, and the book Sacred Sands: The Struggle for Community in the Indiana Dunes, written by J. Ronald Engel. 


Part I: Readjustment/Shifting Sand will take place on April 27th at 6:00 at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk - Indiana Dunes National Park, Riverwalk Drive, Portage.  This intimate performance will include a performance by Kristina Isabelle and a small ensemble of dancers from Chicago, with a costume by Pilgrim Heidi Kambitsch, and music by Elise Kermani. It will celebrate the installation of the audio tour of Sacred Sands: A Play for Voices at the Riverwalk and will include portions of the soundtrack of the play recorded by, and with music by, Dan Schaaf. Sacred Sands: A Play for Voices is a reader’s theatre production that combines poetry, documentary accounts and dialogue to evoke the history of efforts to save the Indiana Dunes from further industrialization and marked the birth of Save the Dunes, a partner in this series. This performance is free and open to the public.


Part 2:  Disruption will be performed on May 3 at 6:00 at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. Second Street, Michigan City.   This performance will be influenced by the exhibit Nature vs Everything as well as the architecture of the Lubeznik Center and will inhabit and activate the exhibitions. This event is free and open to the public.


Part 3: Community will occur the weekend of the summer solstice, at 6:00 on June 22. It will also take place at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk - Indiana Dunes National Park, Riverwalk Drive, Portage.   This performance will be a large-scale site-specific work that will include performers from Chicago and NW Indiana including dancers from South Shore Dance Alliance. This performance will incorporate the audio tour of the play Sacred Sands: A Play for Voices recorded by Dan Schaaf. This performance is free and open to the public. 


Part 4:  Succession/Migration will culminate the series with a film by Elise Kermani that will include footage of all three previous performances.  This film will be projected on the barn at Tryon Farm, 1500 Tryon Rd. Michigan City, gather at 8:00pm for wine and nibbles on July 20 for a live performance at 8:30pm.  This event is co-sponsored by the Tryon Farm Institute. Suggested donation is $20 for adults and $10 for children.


About Michigan City Moves: MCM is an artist collective dedicated to promoting and sharing experimental music, dance and film in NW Indiana through performances, classes and interactive workshops. The current collective features Melli Hoppe, Kristina Isabelle and Elise Kermani. Melli Hoppe was the Artistic Director of Susurrus, an Indianapolis based not-for-profit performance group, from 1993-2013. She has collaborated on, or performed in, site-specific performances in Indiana, New York, L.A., Ireland and Italy and taught site-specific theatre and stage movement at Butler University for 10 years. Kristina Isabelle is the artistic director of Kristina Isabelle Dance for 16 years producing multi-media evening length works, many featuring signature long-legged stilt dances as well as site specific environmental dance-scapes.  KIDCO tours nationally and internationally. Elise Kermani is artistic director of MiShinnah Productions, a non-profit dedicated to making cross genre performance films. She received a PhD in Media Philosophy from the European Graduate School and teaches media art at State University of New York, Empire State College. Her particular interest is in creating site specific performance where architecture informs the project.


Sand: A Migrating Performance in Four Parts is made possible through partnerships with Save the Dunes, MiShinnah Productions, Kristina Isabelle Dance Company and the Tryon Farm Institute. For more information contact Melli Hoppe at 219-210-3619 or

Funding for this project was provided for in part by a grant from the mediaThe Foundation

Summer 2017

June 5, 2017


Hello All, 

With summer’s unofficial start upon us, things are certainly heating up at MiShinnah! All hands have been busy preparing for JUSTICE, our new site specific performance taking place in Riverside Park during sunset (7:30-8:30pm) on June 21, 2017 as part of Make Music New York, and Summer on the Hudson.

Christine Elmo in rehearsal at Riverside Park

Christine Elmo in rehearsal at Riverside Park

The Soldiers and Sailor’s Monument, 89th and Riverside.

The Soldiers and Sailor’s Monument, 89th and Riverside.

Incorporating the diverse talents of dancers, choreographers, composers, and musicians, JUSTICE is inspired by the Ancient Greek mythology of Atlas and Athena, and pursues the timely message that we, as humans, must discover an equilibrium between ourselves, the earth, and the unfolding natural universe.



Beginning at the Soldier's and Sailor's Memorial Monument, the performance will proceed through multiple locations. Along the way, the audience/participants are encouraged to adopt a meditative attention to fully engage with their environment.  The culmination promises to be a magical experience as the audience will be asked to join in in an ethereal vocal hum at the pedestrian Tunnel at 84th and Riverside as the sun sets over the Hudson River.


If you can’t make it, have no fear! JUSTICE will be filmed and eventually released on DVD and Blu-Ray.


For more information, please visit: 

In anticipation of this performance, Elise Kermani and Co-Producer/Dancer Christine Elmo will be interviewed on WBAI’s “Making Music” radio show on June 9th, from 2:00-3:00 pm. Tune in to hear them discuss JUSTICE, along with previews of some of the recorded music from the upcoming performance. If you don’t live in the NYC area, you can listen live on WBAI’s website:

JUSTICE is a FREE performance, made possible by grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC Creative Engagement) and from the mediaThe Foundation, and of course, from the generous support of our donors!

As always, we would be thrilled if you could make a 100% tax deductible donation to MiShinnah to help us bring artistic endeavors to the public in a time when funding for the arts is routinely slashed and devalued. Pledges are encouraged at any size because no donation is too low! Any amount, starting at $1, will make you a part of this inclusive donor community that is assisting in the production of innovative and collaborative work. Your donation counts because your donation makes a difference. 

Thank you with our warmest summer wishes,

Todd, Elise and Christine
MiShinnah Productions, Inc. 


Winter 2016

Dear All, 


At a time when our country’s identity as we knew it is being challenged, it is important to come together, and to reflect on the enduring resources we share to ensure that we won’t encounter any new hindrances in the currently developing political climate.  As the saying goes, and as history shows, we are stronger when we work together. 

MiShinnah Productions, Inc. is an artists-run organization. Our intention for our work at MiSh is to support artists-to-artists relationships. We work together as a think tank in order to meet the needs of the artists within our network. We work together to promote artists who are hard-working and committed to taking risks. These are the kinds of artists who are engaged in our community.

With the generous support from many of your 100% tax-deductible donations in 2016, MiShinnah Productions, Inc. functioned like a high-power vehicle ensuring the production of two live events. This past April, MiSh co-produced Guggenheim awardee Vicky Shick’s intrinsic dance for seven women Another Spellwhich was positively received by The New York Times, but, even better, this new work by Shick was praised by the New York City dance artists’ community. With co-sponsor assistance from MiSh, composer, musician, and scholar Kevin James presented his new work Guerrilla Fanfare a musical score, which not only creates sound but also moves through an urban landscape throughout the performance. This production was performed as a part of New York City’s Make Music New York festival. For those who have not already witnessed this work, I full-heartedly guarantee doing so now will only make your day. Watch and listen to the piece on Vimeo here.

Other work produced with the support of MiSh donators like you include the completion of not one, but two, full-length films. 

Imitation Girl  employed fifty plus artists and production staff. The film is a narrative. A mysterious young woman materializes in the middle of the southwestern desert, where each step teaches her about her new world and her new body. As she assumes her new life, she discovers she has a twin with whom she shares more than just an outward appearance.

Elise Kermani’s new experimental film Iphigenia: Book of Change. This film is a unique narrative inspired by stories about women who have endured, survived and escaped captivity. Using the Greek figure of Iphigenia as the focal point of the story, it utilizes puppetry, theater, dance, art design, and music. 

A collaboration between MiSh and the Electric Lodge, a performing arts center located in Venice, CA who hosted a 5-week residency in January and February, enabled Kermani and her artistic team to complete her new film Iphigenia: Book of ChangeThe residency was followed by three nights of sold out performances.

Additionally, with MiSh’s support, Agamemnon’s Daughter, a 4-minute excerpt from Iphigenia: Book of Change that you can watch here, premiered in both international and national film festivals this 2016 year. As a part of the AGON International Festival of Archaeological Films, Agamemnon’s Daughter premiered in Athens, Greece this past October. In being able to return to Athens for this film festival, Elise was able to strengthen her relationship with the administrators and audience of this festival, which began when her film JOCASTA premiered there in 2012. Additionally, the first public screening of the full length film Iphigenia: Book of Change took place this November 19 as a part of Filmette Festival, a festival celebrating films running 30 - 60 minutes in length. This event was hosted by Harvestworks in NYC. 

While MiSh’s support of productions for dance, music, and film, happened across America and abroad, hard work persisted in the office. This year we created a quarterly newsletter which is archived on our website. It is in this newsletter that we are able to share with our donors and audience all that we accomplished during a three-month period of the year. This quarterly newsletter will continue in 2017. Additionally, here in the MiSh office, we are delighted to announce that in 2016 we continued to serve as a fiscal sponsor for artists in our community and we plan to continue to provide fiscal sponsorship for artists in 2017. 

We are thrilled to announce that in 2017 we will introduce a social media program #MiShArtists, which will feature on all three of our social media platforms, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, past or current MiShinnah artists. 

Developing our social media presence in 2016 has been key to helping us expand our network. The #MiShArtists program aims to assist supporting artists who have collaborated with MiSh in the past as a way of tapping into the core of our mission. Simultaneously, while supporting our fellow artists, we arrive at the opportunity to grow our community. We look forward to the ways the #MiShArtists program will further expand our presence in the realm of social media, and to welcome more people into our community in 2017. 

Finally, our presence in the world this 2017 will not only be virtual but also live. JUSTICE, a new site specific performance work exploring themes of equality in nature, i.e. sun/moon, day/night, balancing the earth's needs with human technological existence, drawing from ancient Greek and Persian philosophical writings on the subject, will be performed in Riverside Park as a part of NYC’s Make Music New York festival. This festival brings live performance to the streets for all people to enjoy. 

As I hope is obvious, in 2016 our organization expanded across the nation and across international borders. Consequently, we have confidently expanded our audience and strengthened our community. And it is beyond significant to note that this was possible because of the support from donors like you. The engine of MiShinnah Productions, Inc. runs solely thanks to the fuel of our donors.

Now is the time to make your end-of-the-year 100% tax deductible donation.Pledges are encouraged at any size because absolutely no donation is too low! Any amount, starting at $1, will make you a part of this inclusive donor community that is assisting in the production of innovative and collaborative work. Your donation counts because your donation makes a difference. 

All of our best wishes,

Christine, Todd, and Elise
MiShinnah Productions, Inc. 


Fall 2016

Greetings, All!

Welcome to the MiShinnah Autumnal 2016 Newsletter! 

We hope that some of you enjoyed receiving your Mishinnah Summer 2016 Newsletter in the mail because it was fun to send it to you! From here on out, all of our newsletters will be sent via email and archived on our MiShinnah Productions, Inc. BLOG. This will enable you to view past newsletters at any point in time, and it will also allow you to share our newsletters with anyone whom you believe may benefit from reading them. 

Additionally, if you know of anyone who would like to join our Newsletter mailing list, please send an email to with the person's address and ‘please add’ in the subject line. We welcome all and are grateful for those interested in following us!

All of us at MiShinnah are very excited for this coming fall season. Our Artistic Director, Elise Kermani, has been busy at Illium Pictures and at Harvestworks all summer, vigorously editing her film Iphigenia: Book of Change. If you visit our Summer 2016 Newsletter it is possible to see images from Elise and company’s 5-week residency at Electric Lodge, and these very images will appear in her film. 

We are thrilled to announce an upcoming screening of Iphigenia: Book of Change. Attendance to this event is through RSVP only. For those interested in attending, please email us at so that we can reserve your seat. Details about exact location and time will be included in our confirmation for RSVP email. 

Gisburg and Kevin at the recording session for the Iphigenia: Book of Change Film at Harvestworks Studio, September, 2016

Other exciting news is that we are very pleased to announce that we will be helping usher Elise off to Athens, Greece this coming October. It is there, as a part of the AGON International Festival of Archaeological Films that Agamemnon’s Daughter, (a 4 minute excerpt from Iphigenia: Book of Change) will experience its world premiere! This trip is very exciting for all of us here at MiShinnah because it demonstrates how our work brings art not only to a national audience but also to an international one. This trip is also exciting because this film screening will be the second time Elise’s work will be hosted by AGON. Elise’s return and continued work with AGON is evidence of an enduring relationship.  

Support for enduring artistic relationships, national and international, is one of the many great services MiShinnah Productions, Inc. works so hard to establish for its artists. Your donations secure the infrastructure necessary to provide resources for MiShinnah’s artists so that national and international artistic relationships can flourish.  

Now is a great time to make that 100% tax-deductible donation which enables us to strengthen our resources for the artists who benefit from our services. Remember, when you join our constantly growing donation pool, you are stepping in line with a group of people who have already done just as you are about to do. In donating, you are ensuring your presence in a strong community of people who believe in the power of making art, who believe in our power for making art. 

To donate now, follow the link below: 


Wishing you a joyful ride through the bustle brought on by autumn!

MiShinnah Productions, Inc. 


Summer 2016

Greetings, All!

Here's are some highlights from our 2016 Summer Newsletter

Our 2016 Fiscal Year was plentiful. We ran a two-month-long successful fundraising campaign from November 1st to December 31st, raising our goal of $10k. Thank you to all of our supporters; we cannot do this work without you! And more than that, it is your support that keeps us thriving. MiShinnah is a machine for making art, and your generosity is the fuel igniting it.  

During our upcoming 2017 Fiscal Year, our Artistic Director, Elise Kermani, will screen her film Iphigenia: Book of Change, which is the result of her 5-week residency this past January and February at Electric Lodge, located in Venice, California. Thank you, Electric Lodge for hosting us! We had a brilliant time.

In addition to the screening of Iphigenia, there is more to come in our 2017 Fiscal Year, and get ready, because it is going to be big. The work produced in this coming year will reach far beyond the boundaries of New York City, or of the United States: we are going global.

You can read the full 2016 Summer Newsletter here, and keep an eye out for the Fall Newsletter coming soon! 

Wishing you an adventurous and safe rest of your summer!

MiShinnah Productions, Inc.