SAND-a migrating performance

Michigan City Moves, a new performance collective presented SAND, a series of performances in Northwest Indiana highlighting the unique architecture of the Indiana Dunes National Park and the threat that industry has on humans and the environment. The performances featured the work of choreographers Kristina Isabelle and Melli Hoppe, sound media artist Elise Kermani, and a Cyclops inspired puppet costume by Pilgrim Heidi Kambitsch. The project culminated in a film that was projected on a 19th century barn at Tryon Farm in Michigan City, Indiana on July 20, 2019. This film submission "SAND-a migrating performance" is a shortened 12 minute version of that film.

  • Elise Kermani
    Iphigenia: Book of Change, POE [...and the museum of lost arts], JUSTICE, Jocasta
  • MiShinnah Productions
  • Kristina Isabelle
    Key Cast
  • Diana Quiñones Rivera
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Dance Film, Environmental
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 11, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Art and Nature Series at Tryon Farm Institute
    Michigan City, IN
    United States
    July 20, 2019
Director Biography - Elise Kermani

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. She recently moved from Los Angeles to her hometown of Michigan City, Indiana. After living most of her life on both coasts (in New York for 25 years) she is happy to be home and living near the beautiful dunes of Lake Michigan.

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Director Statement

"SAND - a migrating performance" is my first collaboration with Chicago-based dancer and choreographer Kristina Isabelle. We met last November 2018 and began working on the SAND project the month after that, showing an excerpt at Chicago's Links Hall in March 2019 and creating and presenting new versions of the piece each month thereafter until July 2019.

We would be delighted to share this project with your organization in the format of screenings and talk backs, to discuss our goal of raising awareness about the precarious balance between Industry and its effects on humans and nature. We are also open to alternative screening options, like projecting on buildings or outdoor venues. As a note, the Portage Riverwalk's building and pier where the some of the filming took place, is currently closed and is threatened by erosion, storms and high water. It was also the site of national news when the nearby factory leaker contaminants into the waterway. SAND-a migrating performance, brings to the front and center the fragile relationship between industry, humans and nature.

The Cyclops puppet, created and performed by Pilgrim, is a metaphor for the force of nature that humans cannot control: in the end Nature, in one form or another, will prevail and will outlive humanity. Thus the ending dance of the Cyclops puppet, is the dance of life, that will continue into infinity.