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Dialogo Dialogo

Irene Hsiao. Photo by Erik L. Peterson.

Premiere performance of Dialogo Dialogo, a new improvisatory dance installation choreographed by Irene Hsiao and set to a carillon composition by Joey Brink.

Hsiao explores the relationship between the bronze Virginio Ferrari sculpture Dialogo and the nearby Rockefeller Chapel’s bronze carillon bells. Just as the bells are stationary and clappers move to strike them, Hsiao becomes the moving element within the statue and a visual reminder of how the aleatory and the living affect and respond to an ever-changing environment of sound and motion.

FREE, open to all.

Learn more about Ferrari’s work and make your own sculptures at the related Family Day: From Cool Sculptures to Rhythm and Blues from 1–4 pm at the Smart Museum.

Presented by the Smart Museum of Art and Rockefeller Chapel as part of the UChicago Public Art program Dialogo: Virginio Ferrari and Chicago.


About the performers

Irene Hsiao is a dancer, writer, and enthusiast interested in improvising on the edge of the ordinary in public spaces. She is fascinated by many kinds of art, most recently by the Smart Museum's Monster Roster and Tang Chang exhibitions and Philippe Parreno's My Room Is Another Fish Bowl at the Art Institute of Chicago. Dialogo Dialogo is her second project in coordination with the Smart, after The Radiant and the Dead in January 2018. She will present new work based on the paintings of Tang Chang at this year's Asian American Performing Arts Festival at Links Hall. See her latest obsessions and experiments on Instagram

Joey Brink is the sixth University Carillonneur at the University of Chicago, where he performs on the 72-bell Rockefeller Memorial Carillon and directs a carillon studio of twenty students. He serves on the board of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and co-chairs the Johan Franco composition committee to promote new works for carillon. Brink began his carillon studies at Yale University in 2007; graduated from the Royal Carillon School in Mechelen, Belgium in 2012; and studied further at Bok Tower Gardens in 2015. He received first prize at the International Queen Fabiola Carillon Competition in Mechelen in 2014, and has toured North America and Europe extensively as a performer. Brink is regularly a recitalist at congresses of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America and the World Carillon Federation, most recently as a soloist with the Barcelona Municipal Symphonic Band in June 2017. He performed the inaugural recital at Salisbury University in September 2017. He released his first album, “Letters from the Sky”, alongside his performance at Chicago’s Ear Taxi Festival, in October 2016.