Resonate, the annual interactive live art event inspired by devotees of Burning Man, comes up for air in a legal locale this Saturday, April 24 at the Congress Theater.
Begun in Chicago in 2006 as a community-building freak-show fundraiser for the larger Black Rock, Nevada Burning Man fest, it has since outgrown its previously underground spaces and in its fifth and largest iteration yet, boasts a line up of a dedicated army of 260 volunteer performers. They run the gamut from the to-be-expected fire spinners, live painters and DJs, to the mysticism of “healers,” tech-y video installations and burlesque thrown in for good measure. Most acts and installations attempt to blur the line between artist and audience, so attendees are encouraged to come prepared to participate.
“Burners” attending the event will be greeted by a twenty-eight-foot prehistoric mushroom sculpture abloom in the lobby, and a number of other giant nature-themed participatory installations will occupy various locations within, such as a geodesic dome-cum-tea lounge and a handful of “interactive trees” with fruit available for the harvesting.
Among the mile-long list of performers, Karsh Kale, the featured New York City live tabla and DJ act, will be doing a special collaborative performance with Jill Heyser, an aerial silk acrobat. Check the event’s website at resonatechicago.net for videos of Kale and other aerial acrobats in action.
Amidst all the flash and crackle of live music dance parties, poi and body painting, Resonate has committed itself to hosting a green, leave-no-trace event a la Burning Man. Even sans ecological impact, where there’s smoke, there’s fire—and where there’s fire, in its many whirling, whizzing forms, there’s Resonate. And of course, where there’s Resonate, there’s also more then likely laser lights, glow sticks and probably even a fog machine. (Thea Liberty Nichols)
RESONATE 5.0 takes place April 24, 7pm-3am at the Congress Theater, 2135 North Milwaukee Avenue.