An Immersive Evening of Arts and Fantasy / by Joseph Caruana

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On Saturday, November 18, 2017, Elements Ballet will present its fall performance and gala, titled In the Garden of Atlantis. This interdisciplinary evening of dance and art will include excerpts from Elements’ forthcoming original ballet, Atlantis, a full-length production depicting the epic story of the mythical island nation.

The Hairpin Arts Center, a performance and exhibition space in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, will be transformed into the world of Elements’ Atlantis. A place where artistic tradition and innovation meet to support one another, the event space will incorporate elements of the ancient and futuristic, the earthly and ethereal.

Guests will enjoy the following event highlights:

  • Live dance performances interspersed throughout the evening;
  • An exhibition featuring the work of watercolor artist Chloe Feldman Emison, storyboard artist for Elements’ Atlantis, as well as new work by company photographer Topher Alexander;
  • A runway-style fashion show, with Elements company members modeling Atlantis-inspired collections by local designers Rebirth Garments, MJ Ernst, and Amara Black; and
  • “Teaser” readings from writer Miata Boayue's companion novella to Elements’ Atlantis, to be released in full as part of the ballet’s premiere in 2019.

Light food, white wine and specialty martinis will be served and are included in the price of admission.

Tickets are $75 in advance or $90 at the door, and may be purchased here. Sponsored tickets are available to local professional artists and art students on a limited basis (details provided at registration page). Attendees may choose to sponsor an artist by purchasing an extra ticket when placing an order.

In the Garden of Atlantis is a fundraising event to support Elements’ annual programming, including free or low-cost community performances, self-produced concerts, original story ballets, and educational programs. An online crowd-funding campaign for the Atlantis production will kick off one week following this event. Elements Ballet is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization.

In the Garden of Atlantis, Saturday, November 18, 2017, 7:00 – 10:00 PM

Hairpin Arts Center, Logan Square, 2810 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (north of Diversey, west of Kimball)

Tickets are $75 in advance, or $90 at the door (free for sponsored artists)

To purchase tickets, click here

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In the Garden of Atlantis is made possible by support by the Illinois Arts Council state agency, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, the Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation, Dance Center Evanston, Allegro Dance Boutique, Athletico, and many generous businesses and individuals.