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WHAT IS THE BIRTHDAY BASH?

The Birthday Bash is a celebration of Synapse Arts in a welcoming, festival-type environment.

📅  Saturday, August 3
🕓  12PM - 4PM
📍  Berger Park Cultural Center

Access and location information (aka Wayfinding): Berger Park Cultural Center

RSVP and invite your friends and family: FACEBOOK EVENT

All attendees will have access to our open events and get a cupcake.
But when you donate at one of the levels below, you can add some additional flair to your Birthday Bash experience, including a Interactive Museum tour, pre-registration for classes, and more!

When you donate, you'll receive instructions on how to register for your additional options in your email.

  • Donate any amount and get access to all our open events, a cupcake, and a link for our livestream hosted by comedy musician Matt Griffo

  • Donate $20 or more and get open event access and the livestream link PLUS one pre-registration spot for limited-space events like the Modern Workshop with Kristina Fluty

  • Donate $50 or more and get all open events access PLUS an Interactive Museum tour through 20 years of Synapse led by a Synapse artist.

  • Donate $100 or more OR sign up for a monthly donation of any amount and get all of the above PLUS a 20th Anniversary Synapse Passport AND on demand access to all Synapse videos shown at the event.

Note:
You choose how to use your over $20 donation perk:

Modern Workshop with Kristina Fluty
OR
seat at the Studio Series Showcase!

Read the detail's of each activity below, and make a choice!

Make a Birthday Gift here

OTHER SYNAPSE EVENTS

start planning your birthday bash experience!

- MODERN WORKSHOP WITH KRISTINA FLUTY:

12pm - 1:15pm & 2pm - 3:15pm

Kristina Fluty has been teaching and dancing in Chicago for the last two decades. Her main creative home since 2003 is Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak, and she is currently completing the inaugural Spiral Body Techniques teacher certification with Shanahan. She is an Associate Professor at The Theatre School at DePaul, where she teaches movement to actors. Her dance class prioritizes pleasure and honoring/embracing how you move right now. It is also anchored by Fluty's certification in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis and her many years of Feldenkrais personal study.

Class will likely begin on the floor with gentle developmental movement phrases, then evolve out into dancing with delicious complexity, spatial clarity, and ease.

Please note this class takes place up 3 flights of stairs with no elevator access. Fully accessible events will be marked on the event schedule.

Make a $20 donation to save your spot!

Note: You choose how to use your over $20 donation perk:
Modern Workshop with Kristina Fluty
OR
seat at the Studio Series Showcase.
Read the detail's of each activity, and make a choice!

- STUDIO SERIES SHOWING:

1:30pm - 3pm

Studio Series Showing is open for everyone - space permitting.
Save a seat and enjoy the performance comfortably!

To kick off our 20th-anniversary celebration, we invited past collaborators of Synapse to our studios, hosting different artists every month throughout 2024. Each artist spent their time in the studio as they wished — researching, remaking, creating, and engaging in conversations with peer artists. A stipend was provided to support their process.

At the Birthday Bash Studio Series you will see works by:
* Chrissy Martin
* IS/LAND Performance Collaborative
* Reign Drop
* Camila Rivero Pooley

- SYNAPSE SIGNATURE PERFORMANCES: Textile Dance, Crosswalk Dances, and a BIG Freeze Dance Game!
Plus, a very special showing from Synapse Arts Performance Troupe. Open for everyone!

- INTERACTIVE TOURS:

1:15pm - 2pm, 2:15pm - 3pm & 3:15pm - 4pm

Join us for a fun tour through 20 years of Synapse Arts at our interactive museum event! Led by a Synapse Artist. The "Gunder House" is the North Mansion on the Berger Park grounds, which is separate from the community center that most patrons will be familiar with.

Guests must navigate 4 stairs to access the building - see the WAYFINDER.

The Gunder House includes all-gender restrooms. A full playground, cafe, and lakefront path are all directly outside the building.

- DANCE FILMS ALL AFTERNOON!

With historic and premiere works by Maggie Bridger, Rahila Coats, Rachel Damon, Aaron Grier, Jones College Prep residency students, Jordan Kunkel, Jean Paul Masuda and more!
Full screening schedule will be available soon.

- POLAROID PHOTO BOOTH

Feeling a bit nostalgic?
We’re preparing a Polaroid Photo Booth at the Birthday Bash!
Strike a pose with your friends, try fun costumes on, smile and get yourself a photo to remember that you were a part of our special celebration! ($5 minimum donation)

ALSO ON THE CALENDAR

Performance Troupe
@ Dance in the Parks

📅 July 26
🕒  6:30pm
📍 Touhy Park, 7348 N Paulina St, Chicago, IL

FREE

Come see our young troupe of performers!

Crosswalk Dances

📅 TBD
🕒 TBD
📍 TBD

FREE

More Crosswalk Dances are in the works. Details coming soon.

Synapse Arts events actively welcome individuals with diverse identities, including all genders, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, income levels, ages, parent/caregiver statuses, backgrounds, and household structures. All Synapse Arts events are relaxed and sensory-friendly.

For accessibility service requests, please contact info@synapsearts.com or call or text 947-2CREATE (947-227-3283).

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