Spotlight on Atmosphere: Meet Rachel Cross!

A gallery installation. A performance. Atmosphere.


Meet Rachel Cross, the musician in Atmosphere, the Lawrence Arts Center’s newest performance for very young children ages 2-6!

Rachel Cross is an opera-singing, baby-whispering, harp-playing, plant-loving, dancing-through-life creative. She’s a jack of all trades musician and has an impressive and eccentric collection of instruments. She’s been known to burst into song at a moment’s notice or literally wake up singing (Cinderella style, but without the birds…or the stepsisters…or the evil stepmother…or Gus…just the overly joyful singing). She’s the proud mom of 32 plants, finds joy in the art of stretching, and has an unusual love of snow and all things cold and winter (please don’t hate her for this, she’s a Chicagoan and actually can’t help it). She hopes to always inspire, change, grow, and bring joy on her performing journey through song, dance, instrument, and story. 


So what is Atmosphere?

Finding its home in the middle exhibition gallery, Atmosphere is the newest event in the Theatre and Dance for the Very young program. This work is a six-week long installation and a recurring performance set inside the installation. The interactive (and touchable!) installation, designed by guest artist Sharon McCaman, will be open to the public from January 10 through February 22 for free. The ticketed performances of Atmosphere feature live music, dancing, and tactile exploration and will occur at select times each week starting January 17th. This production is built in partnership with the Ballard Center and families at the LAC who participated in our connected Play Lab series. In these research sessions, we collaborated with very young children to explore light, wind, clouds, rain, and sky and, as a result, built the production of Atmosphere based entirely on their ideas!


What does Rachel do for Atmosphere?

Rachel was a researcher in our Play Lab Series and serves as the lead musician in Atmosphere. After studying the ideas of our very young partners, Rachel knows how to make thunder with her drums, big wind dances with her harp, and sneaky sky tip toes with her melodica.


Get your tickets for Atmosphere here!