UPRISING #1 is a public, participatory performance / action directed by Nicole Garneau. It took place on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at the Polish Triangle: intersection of Milwaukee, Ashland, and Division Streets in Chicago, IL. Performers: Katherine Klein, Nicole Garneau, Britt Lower, David Ortega, and Bill VanBerschot. Photos: R. Robbins, Video: Zac Whittenberg.

The performance answered 240 weeks of US war on Iraq with 240 acts of love. We emerged from the Division Blue line stairs holding hands as a show of solidarity and walked across the plaza in the snow. We stood on the benches surrounding the trees. Each performer told a story about a time when they felt like what they were doing was good for humanity: that moment of being filled with love for the world. Then each person poured a cup of beet juice on his/her mouth and down the front of a white shirt. In order to create 240 acts of love we divided 240 by 5 performers and each person then blew 48 kisses to the audience, each other, passing cars, people at the bus stop, and the world we are trying to love.

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