Megan Rhyme Presents "Inner Cartography" at the Chicago Fringe Fest, 9/2, 9/4, 9/5


Scientifically curious choreographer Megan Rhyme collaborates with neuroscientist Miriam Sach of University California-San Diego to present an evening length dance work about body mapping, a term used to describe the patterns of nerve cells in the brain's motor cortex. It will be presented by the Chicago Fringe Festival in Pilsen this coming September 2nd, 4th, and 5th.

Megan Rhyme has spent months researching and collaborating with neuroscientist Miriam Sach. Megan and Miriam first met in February 2009, when Megan performed as a dancer in a different piece also based on Miriam's research. Miriam was one of the winners in an internet contest called "Dance Your PhD". Her prize was to be paired up with Chicago choreographer Helena Reynolds, who created a piece which was performed at the American Association for the Advancement of Science's February 2009 conference. After performing as a dancer in this piece, Megan was inspired to create her own collaborative dance-science work. She sought out Miriam in order to learn more about neuroscience, particularly the neurological connections behind movement.

"Every voluntary movement originates from the cortex of the brain (=surface of the brain) where all neurons (=nerve cells) are located. Interestingly, the spatial distributions of neurons, which are responsible for the movement of certain body parts, represent the importance of that body part for the human nature (e.g. the larger the area of neurons for one body part, the higher the importance of that particular body part). - Miriam Sach, PhD.

Over the past year, Megan and Miriam have been talking and researching movement to represent the patterns and connections of neurons in the motor cortex of the brain. The result is a work about body mapping, a term used to describe the spatial distribution of neurons in the motor cortex and the patterns of neurons that reflect our movement experiences. The piece investigates how body mapping connects to the learning process, particularly through the concept of plasticity - the brain's ability to change and adapt itself to new circumstances. Dancers become neurons and molecules, the stage transforms into the space inside the brain, and the process of learning becomes illuminated from the inside and out. Neuroscience is re-conceptualized as something that happens not just in a lab but exists inside us and is happening every moment.

Show and Ticket Info:

Inner Cartography: A dance show choreographed by Megan Rhyme in collaboration with neuroscientist Miriam Sach, PhD

Produced by the Chicago Fringe Festival

Thursday September 2nd, 8:30pm

Saturday September 4th, 4pm

Sunday September 5th, 2:30pm

Chicago Arts District: Adelaide Stage, 1832 S Halsted

Suggested Donation $10

Tickets go on sale August 2nd. For tickets and further information, please visit:

Miriam Sach has her PhD from the University of Dusseldorf in Germany and is now a post-doctoral researcher at University California-San Diego. In addition to being an accomplished neuroscientist, Miriam is also a choreographer! She was recently selected to be a part of IGNITE 2010, a showcase of modern dance choreographers in San Diego.

Megan Rhyme is an emerging choreographer based in Chicago. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2006 with a degree in dance, and has worked with artists such as Nicole Gifford, Janet Schmid, 3 card molly, Wannapa Pimtong-Eubanks, and Jonathan Meyer. Her past choreography has been produced in collaboration with The Field Chicago and Links Hall. She is inspired by the body's kinesthetic intelligence, science, literature, and fairy tales. Her goal is to create work that translates intelligent conversations into the body in a profound way.

The Chicago Fringe Festival (CFF) invites emerging and established performing artists from Chicago, the U.S. and beyond to showcase their work and add to the dialogue of theatrical art. The Festival also seeks to enhance the perception of Chicago as a major hub for theatre. CFF encourages performers to take bold risks by providing an avenue for affordable productions. It also seeks to bring in non-traditional theater-goers through a commitment to low ticket prices and outreach into communities not commonly represented. In this fashion, The Chicago Fringe Festival provides an avenue for diverse artists and audience members to connect in a singular and immediate way.


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