Free Dance Events in Chicago

Come check out this free dance event in Chicago from October 31-Nov 4th .  This new piece for 7 dancers is an evening length multi-media dance theatre work conceived and choreographed by Nejla Yatkin. Original music is composed by Iranian American composer Shamou and Video Design is by Patrick Lovejoy.


Oasis – Everything you ever wanted to know about the Middle East but were afraid to dance


Oasis is centered on a juxtaposition between the desert and the oasis. Similar to mystical realism in literature, the piece exists in multiple realities – magical elements blend seamlessly with the real world meaning that the “real” and the “fantastic” exist in the same stream of thought.


Through the prism of desert/oasis and magical/real, the piece explores issues of identity, veiling, torture and spirituality, moving through what is familiar; what is imagined or mythical, what is actual; what is out of the Middle East and what is inside it. The desert can be experienced as beautiful and exotic even as it is harsh and potentially lethal. The Oasis is an almost dreamlike element, just the idea of which sustains life–even in its most vulnerable state.


Against/with/for one another the two exist, in tension as well as in tandem- moving back and forth.



“Ms. Yatkin is after more than choreography.  She is a magician, telling tales and creating worlds with understated images and movement.” – New York Times


“Everything about Nejla Yatkin’s newest dance is bold: It addresses challenging subject matter through movement that is daring in construction and assured in its execution.” – The Washington Post



October 2013
Dates:  Thursday, October 31-Sunday, November 4th, 2013


Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pm


Storefront Theater
66 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60602




Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.