Bento is a work for 9 dancers that uses movement to describe the concept of the box, or the sectioned container, within a box. Throughout the past 150 years or so, visual artists such as Joseph Cornell, have created 3-dimensional art objects that are boxes with shelves or boxes within boxes. These sectioned boxes often have objects in them made by others. Bento will explore this concept by incorporating dance phrases made by others (with their permission) with newly made dance phrases, creating dances within a dance. Artists who donated or inspired parts of Bento include: Randy Duncan, Autumn Eckman, Nick Pupillo, Eiko & Koma and improvisational dance artists.

Bento premiered March 17 & 18, 2011 at Hamlin Park Theater to great audience and critical acclaim. See TimeOut Chicago’s Critic’s Pick.

And here’s an interview with Winifred Haun about Bento (and other things!) featured at


Bento (excerpt) from Winifred Haun on Vimeo.


Bento is an abstract, group work that premiered at Hamlin Park Studio Theater in 2011.  Choreographed by Winifred Haun, Bento explores the dance within a dance, by using movement borrowed from other dancemakers (with their permission).

Photos by Matthew Gregory Hollis