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