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Duke Arts Presents


Thursday, September 21, 2023 | 7:00 pm

Rubenstein Arts Center | von der Heyden Studio Theater

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.


Movement artists: Alyah Baker, Ife Presswood, Jingqiu Guan, Tony Johnson
Live electro-acoustic music: Andrea Woods Valdes, Ethan Foote, Michael Grigoni, Quran Karriem
Collaborating artists: James Clotfelter, Kate Alexandrite, Sang Chi Liu, Yasaman Baghban

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 sponsored by Duke Arts with support from Duke University’s MFA in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis, MFA in Experimental & Documentary Arts, and Computational Media, Arts & Cultures.