About Us

Relay of Voices: The Great River Run is a four-month long journey from the Headwaters to the Mouth of the Mississippi River during Summer and Fall 2019. This expedition is spearheaded by a native of Louisiana who is working to connect the voices of river communities by traveling the 2,400 miles of the river on foot with her team of five other artist-athletes. As they move down the river each day, they will also look closely at how people are moved by the river itself and how proximity to water-based natural resources shapes our way of life. Stories collected by the team will be relayed downriver and shared with subsequent communities through public performances, events, and activities tailored to each community's engagement. Relay is diving deep into rural America, as the heartbeat of the River flows in every small community, their histories and their present days, their very ways of life.

Relay of Voices is a project of A House Unbuilt, a 501c3 non profit corporation based in Chicago, IL and Lake Charles, LA. A House Unbuilt (AHU) uses movement and the body to engage and investigate the social fabric of rooted communities. Drawing on vocabulary from dance, sport, and everyday life, A House Unbuilt seeks to un-build the learned architecture of the body to reveal the insights and knowledge housed only there. 

A House Unbuilt has two fundamental goals.  The first is to operate as a movement laboratory to explore and effect incremental change in performers and audience alike. The second is to serve as an archive of public movement in past and future projects that can be openly accessed, explored and creatively utilized. A House Unbuilt aims to produce work resulting in a cumulative movement of community and culture.

A House Unbuilt defines dance as any action or instruction setting body and mind together at work. Whether in the form of running or gesturing, dancing is about the idea that making or doing is thinking. Our bodies as an immediate physical presence have the power to intervene in systems much larger than themselves and to bring the incomprehensible paradoxes of our times to a human scale. 

A HOUSE UNBUILT IS ORGANIZED FOR CHARITABLE AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES UNDER SECTION 501(C)(3) OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE, OR CORRESPONDING SECTION OF ANY FUTURE FEDERAL TAX CODE.

 

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