Mt. Shamao is a reflection on the curling of ferns, absence, imperialism, and imagined utopias. The performance guides through the parallel beginnings of Chicago and Taiwan’s botanical gardens and the imported tropical paradises they attempted to create. Movement and tableau take over the room, choreography which alludes to the study of plants, the growth pattern of trees, and the disconnectedness of displaced plants. Through the structure of a tour, performance-movement, and data-driven sounds collected over the course of the installation, Milad Mozari and Mitsu Salmon work with an ensemble in contemporary dance, Butoh and breakdancing.
Performative Tours of Mt. Shamao
30-minute tours at 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm
The Fern Room in Lincoln Park Conservatory
2391 N Stockton Dr.
Produced by Experimental Sound Studio through Florasonic
Concept, sound, and direction by Milad Mozari and Mitsu Salmon
Performed by Alex Hayashi, Leroy Hearon, Carole McCurdy, Jasmine Mendoza, Milad Mozari, Harlan Rosen and Mitsu Salmon
Created through support from DCASE