Documentation of live performances on the opening night Saturday, August 31st, 2013.

Lise Baggesen and Kirsten Leenaars explore how we are moved by the agency of desire and the magical allure of being in the spotlight. In a collaborative work created for the Franklin they investigate the ways in which cultural practices and the media stage their subjects and thus form positions for their audiences.
The dialectical situation of labor versus art, the personal versus the political, the individual versus the group, professional versus amateur, portrait versus landscape, song versus story, are articulated, enacted, staged, and, ultimately, performed.
Boulevard Dreamers questions and celebrates the production of self in a society dominated by one spectacle alone: desire. In a collaborative work created for the Franklin they investigate the ways in which cultural practices and the media stage their subjects and thus form positions for their audiences.
Performances from different disciplines and neighborhoods throughout Chicago are participating during opening night, including:
Re-birth, Marvin Tate, Najwa Dance Corps, Dan Sullivan, Anni Holm, Dasha Filippova, In The Spirit: Zahra Baker & Emily Lansana, Jim Dorling, Plain White Tom, Michael Soto & Madeleine Aguilar

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