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Duke Arts Presents


Friday, February 9, 2024 | 7:00 pm

Rubenstein Arts Center | von der Heyden Studio Theater

6 PM: Mix and Mingle in the Ruby Lounge

7–9 PM: Meshroom

An open dancefloor for rewilding thought and movement

Meshroom is a performance environment that forms an intellectual/intentional community around an open dancefloor. It is a space for transcending narrow languages, ungrounding from fixed realities, and co-creating temporary worlds in movement. Meshroom is shaped by the movement, dreams, hopes and queerness of everyone in the room: it is a weaving of wild minds and soft bodies. All visitors are welcome to move, rest, witness, think, melt and dance with live music and occasional performances.

This event is free and open to all. Drop-in and drop-out. Bring a friend.


Arrive early at 6 p.m. for FREE mocktails and mingling in the Ruby Lounge.


Upcoming Special Event:

On February 27 from 7–9 p.m. we are excited to partner with the UNC Greensboro School of Dance for a special Meshroom on UNCG’s campus at Coleman, Studio 201A.



Movement artists: Anthony “Otto” Nelson Jr., Jingqiu Guan, Kahlila Brown, Natalia Cervantes
Live electro-acoustic music: David Landes, Ethan Foote, Indigo Cook, Michael Grigoni, Poah West, Quran Karriem 
Mixed media artists: Augustus Wendell, Leo Ryan, Simone Barros
Co-facilitator: Marika Niko and Sang Chi Liu

Curated by Marika Niko
Music curated by Michael Grigoni
Co-founded by Leo Ryan and Marika Niko

Meshroom premiered at The Ark in Duke University on March 3, 2022. Meshroom was originally developed at the Laboratory for Social Choreography, Kenan Institute of Ethics, in collaboration with Bass Connections: Performing Embodied Communities.

This event is presented by Duke Arts with support from MFA in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis, MFA in Experimental & Documentary Arts and Computational Media, Arts & Cultures.