Jump!Star is an initiative to invent the future traditions celebrating the transition of the North Star.
The project takes the form of a series of themed “Constellates”.
During these Constellates we introduce you to the project and to our crew, and invite you to join us in inventing the cultural traditions and actions that will mark the changing of the North Star at our culminating event and beyond.
Join the Jump!Star team to invent the costumes and regalia that will accompany the festivities of this future holiday.
Attend a presentation by New York artist and choreographer Alan Calpe on costumes used in celebrations around the world.
Attend a presentation by Creative Director George Ferrandi about Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan’s galactic mixtape, the Voyager Golden Records.
Join a roundtable in which participants discuss possible time-capsule objects that represent this moment in time and offer clues to future generations.
Participate in a cyanotype (sun-print) workshop in which we print the objects culled from our time-capsule conversation onto large bolts of fabric that will be used to construct costumes for the culminating event and beyond. Imprints of the NOW, projections of THE FUTURE!
Join Alan Calpe to brainstorm, sketch and mock up the Jump!Star costumes and regalia that will adorn us in celebration of the changing of the North Star.
Part 1: March, 2018
Part 2: June, 2018
Join the Jump!Star creative team in inventing the rhythms, sounds, and movement that will accompany this future holiday.
Join New York artist and choreographer Alan Calpe and local performers as we develop the choreography for our culminating event. At this gathering you will be introduced to the 11+1 potential future pole stars, and asked to help assign signature movements and gestures that will accompany and define these characters.
Attend live performances from dancers of many genres and traditions. These presentations will serve as inspiration as we develop our own Jump!Star choreography.
Join a round-table discussion in which our team leaders synthesize their group discussions and the inspiration culled from the live performances to propose potential Jump!Star movements.
Join us for a presentation by an ethnomusicologist and a discussion about the hybridization of music and dance as cultures collide and commingle.
Meet the Jump!Star creative team: musicians Jee Young Sim, Mirah, Jherek Bischoff; creative director George Ferrandi; choreographer Alan Calpe; and the remarkable local team members who are the heart of this project. Learn how you can get involved as we create this future holiday.
Join us for a Jump!Star themed contra-style dance! An expert dance Caller will lead us through group dances that incorporate the celestial movements we have developed in the previous days. These dances are another way we will communicate and celebrate the new traditions of Jump!Star. Come dance and celebrate with us!
Part 1: March, 2018
Part 2: June, 2018
Part 3: June, 2019
Come join us as we explore and develop the ritualistic objects and sculptural forms that will accompany our culminating Jump!Star event.
In conjunction with Wichita State University's College of Fine Arts, George Ferrandi will leads discussions on performative objects, the secret life of statues, festival objects from around the world, objects of personal ritual, and Japan’s Nebuta Matsuri sculpture tradition. This series will culminate with participants learning the traditional technique of building in the Nebuta style. This technique is being employed across the country by the Jump!Star team to develop large-scale illuminated sculptures that will converge at our culminating event.
Part 1: June, 2018
Part 2: June, 2019
Join us as we explore the traditions of food and farming, and imagine new traditions of cooking and growing that will inform the Jump!Star event and beyond.
Join climatologist Sonali McDermid as she discusses the history of industrial agriculture and projected models for future farming.
Join representatives from the Land Institute as they discuss perennial polyculture and sustainability.
Join us as we continue our discussion of sustainability. We will learn about cricket flour and other alternative proteins. You will be invited to sample and experiment with these ingredients alongside our resident expert.
We will explore your own food traditions by asking you to bring a dish from your family cookbook to a potluck and a discussion of how food connects us to the past and to the future.
Participants in this workshop will work with local restaurateurs to invent future-traditional recipes using possible grain alternatives like kernza and cricket flour. These recipes may be served at our culminating Jump!Star event and for years to come.
Join us for an epic series of themed film screenings that explore our relationship with time and space, in partnership with the Tallgrass Film Association. Join us for conversations about deep time, and how cinema uniquely dramatizes the human time scale and our attempts to break free of it.
June, September, October, 2018
Come join us as we delve into the science behind Jump!Star, the inspiration for the project, and the poetics of stargazing as a place where the past and the future merge.
Join us under the night sky as Astrophysicist Jana Grcevich discusses the science behind Jump!Star. Jana will talk star matter and makeup, stellar spectrograms, axial precession and aliens, and project namesake Annie Jump Cannon.
Join us as our creative director George Ferrandi leads us in a discussion of star stories from around the world and introduces us to the eventual pole stars that are central to the Jump!Star tradition we are creating as a part of our culminating event.
Join us for a round-table improv session during which we will develop the mythology behind our future pole stars. Participants will be asked to align themselves with particular pole stars and to draw on their own lives and experiences to flesh out the character of these stars. Through improvisational theatre and comedy techniques, participants will further enrich the mythologies of these figures by imagining possible relationships between the star characters they have created.