The Floating City

Isabelle’s current project for which she received the Chicago DanceMakers Forum Lab Artist award to develop.

The Floating City is a multi-media production that explores the place within, a place of feeling stuck or in transition, the place between this world and the world in our heads.  It is a surreal exploration of shifting environments, creating a moving landscape of time and relationships inspired by the writings of Haruki Murakami.

The work is inspired by the idea of environments and creating a dance landscape to tell a story.  I wanted to develop a dance piece like a play, in a set with video as an added depth to the storyline.  This place will push us forward in our relationships, sometimes abstractly and sometimes in determining our physical place or landscape.  Incorporating the storytelling techniques in Murakami’s work as a foundation for our explorations.

The Floating City is abstract yet layered with emotional undertones and the audience can determine their own story within our story.

The Floating City was created with support from the Chicago DanceMakers Forum Lab Artist award and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events In The Works Residency.

The Floating City

Links Hall • Oct. 24-26, 2013

Director/Choreographer:  Kristina Isabelle

Performers:  Diana Deaver, Kristina Isabelle, Angela Luem, Felicia McBride, Marley Schmidt

Composer:  Christopher Preissing

Film:  Octane Rich Media

Director/Executive Producer:  James Forni • Director of Photography/Editor:  Yeva Dashevsky

Cinematography:  Joshua Jones • Camera/Lighting:  Conor McCaffery, Peter Stepnoski

Audio:  Mark Sutor • Producers:  Jennie Goosby, Andrea Spohn

Set Design:  Grant Sabin

Cardboard City Construction:  Arianna Soloway

Costumes:  Atalee Judy

Lights:  Julie Ballard

Musician:  Rudy Rivera

Projectionist:  Anna Henson

See Chicago Dance CHICAGO REVIEW


See one of the 9 videos featured in The Floating City






The Floating City (solo draft work) was first performed at Links Hall in November 2011 as part of The Purple State concert curated by Erin Carlyle Norton. Isabelle has also performed the work at The Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, Locality Festival and in her most recent concert Memories ReMixed.


The Floating City

By:  Kristina Isabelle


Even as I sit in this chair, the city rocks.

Am I on the boat again or did I ever leave?


Shifting and settling underneath me

It tugs my heart and mind back to this place …


The floating city

There is no escape.

I am no longer trying to get away

I am here

When I am here.

I am not sure what is real and what is a figment of this floating world.


Un-realized / realized dreams

Open dialogues of days gone by

The in-between

The middle

The muck


I sit and wait

I actually try to move but I don’t

But I am …

The floating city is constantly moving