Tuesday, Aug. 20, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 21, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Outdoors at the Gateway (between Buildings F and M)
Free and open to the public
HAND to HAND is propelled by a pair of giant hands, a metaphor for humanity’s scale and impact. These puppet hands have the visible rigging of a sailing ship or hot air balloon, and are just as massive. These articulated hands greedily take ownership of the event.
Pointing and teasing, pushing, punching, hiding and exposing.
Thumbs up, thumbs down, applaud, poke, wag, pump, pointing.
Knuckling under, hand off, hand out, mano a mano, hand to hand.
Squonk's original chamber rock, on drums and bass, guitar, horns, organs and synths, drives a journey that is spectacular, plaintive and comic as the band runs head to head into these overwhelming hands of fate.
Audience members will come together to grab the rigging of the fingers, each individual powering a larger movement. We encourage participation rather than consumption, dialogue rather than monologue, shared discovery, no labels, no pre-judgment, no words, just people face to face, festive, and making a community of the imagination.
All hands on deck!
Along with Moraine Valley Community College. Hand to Hand has been co-commissioned by Artscape (Baltimore), Kennedy Center (D.C.), Dicovery Green (Houston), Three Rivers Regatta (Pittsburgh), and FirestWorkds (Providence) and will enjoy a multi-city premiere.