The Nature of ALIVENESS: Vibrant Body Listening

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How can dance enhance and reveal new bodies of knowledge with(in) natural history museums through the creation of performance scores and listening practices that challenge and reorient our relationship to animate/inanimate and living/nonliving materials in the museum?

International choreographer and teaching artist Stephanie Miracle with collaborators investigate this question with an upcoming performance and lecture experience. A sharing of performance scores for vibrant body listening and togethering, Miracle and team will share their developing research, which was tested at the Field Museum in Chicago in April. This event is open to the public, for free, with no required registration.

  • Public In-Progress Sharing
  • Saturday, May 4 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Museum of Natural History
  • Performance throughout museum, lecture/Q&A in auditorium to follow


This project was made possible through an Arts & Humanities Initiative Award and with support from the Pentacrest Museums.

Saturday, May 4, 2024 11:30am to 12:30pm
University of Iowa Museum of Natural History
Macbride Auditorium + Bird and Mammal Halls
39-53 East Jefferson Street, Iowa City, IA 52240
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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Stephanie Miracle in advance at 319-353-2789 or