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Moonset Sunrise is Collaboraction's 25-year anniversary production. This year's experience is co-created by Pilar Audain, Anthony Moseley and Carla Stillwell. Audain will lead the experience which will feature a six-piece live band and an all-star ensemble of poets/dancers/performers including Collaboraction company members Sandra Delgado and Sir Taylor, as well as AACM President Coco Elysses, and Ugochi Nwaogwugwu. Music Director is Dr. Marcus Robinson, who will lead a live band. The design team includes Emmy Weldon (Scenic Design), Warren Levon (Sound Design),  Phoenix Ballentine (Lighting Design) and Razor Wintercastle (Production Manager). Through healing ritual, storytelling, song and dance, Moonset Sunrise honors the sacred moment between the setting full moon and the rising sun–reconciling the past and celebrating our new NOW on the banks of Lake Michigan.



First, the artists and audience will meet outdoors, on the south side of Navy Pier, to join an opening Ancestral libation/ceremonial dance curated by local artists and drummers. This will be followed by a land acknowledgment and ceremonial dance by Jose Rico of Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation - Greater Chicago and Susana Banuelos and Aztec Dance Chicago, respectively.


Celebrate the next full moon with Collaboraction at its special benefit performance, Strawberry Moon Affair. The evening will feature a live performance of Moonset Sunrise, along with delicious food and drink by Bar Sol and special guest performers. 


“To have the opportunity to create an immersive theatrical event centered around harmony and self-care that uses song, dance, poetry and music as its bridge to our souls is truly a gift." 

-Carla Stilwell, Collaboraction Producer

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