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The Housewarming Sessions, a multimedia dance event, coming this weekend

Isabelle Collazo—a Chicago-based dance artist, choreographer, and teacher—is a director and choreographer for an emerging interdisciplinary collective known as The Blueprinting Project, which recently received funding from the Urbana Arts Council to show their inaugural work, The Housewarming Sessions, in Urbana this weekend.

More about the project:

The Housewarming Sessions is a multimedia performance installation that seeks to answer the question How do we attempt to build and sustain community in urban environments? through the use of movement, sound, video and projections. This event was originally staged in and around Collazo’s home in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, inspired by her experiences of building a home and connecting with others in a neighborhood that has been going through an intense process of gentrification.

To watch a sneak preview of the piece, please go to

The Housewarming Sessions

Direction and Choreography: Isabelle Collazo
Original Music and Sound Design: Dan Pierson (U of I Alum)
Dance/ Performance: Julie Boruff and Tia Monet Greer
Multimedia Design: Anders Pollack (U of I Alum)
Video: Robin Lee (U of I Alum)

Friday, September 5th and Saturday September 6th
505 S Race St Urbana, IL

Free, donations accepted

Guests should RSVP, as there are a limited number of tickets available!

Guests should meet the host on the corner of Cailifornia and Race St 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the performance.

To RSVP and for more info about the project, please visit

Facebook event:

Post-performance discussion facilitated by U of I Dance Department Guest Lecturer Kate Kuper after the 9 p.m. performance on Friday

Open rehearsal and dialogue/workshop on Saturday from 12-2 Reservation REQUIRED Interested parties can email

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