1. Holcombe Waller: Wayfinders

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    Holcombe Waller: Wayfinders Nov 7–9, 2014 Now, more than ever, we’re deluged with data telling us where we are and what’s around us. In his highly imaginative song cycle Wayfinders, Portland-based performance artist Holcombe Waller responds by asking—both literally and figuratively—where are we? Titled after Wade Davis’s acclaimed book that connects endangered and extinct cultures with our own sense of meaning and purpose, Wayfinders is inner poetry come alive and a haunting blend of lush song arrangements, video, light, and movement. A formidable music project, Wayfinders is an MCA commission and was developed in residency at the MCA earlier this year. http://www2.mcachicago.org/event/holcombe-waller-wayfinders/

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    • Maud Le Pladec: Democracy

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      One of the most important figures in the new generation of French choreographers, Maud Le Pladec creates a high energy dance to the powerful and raw sound of Dark Full Ride by Julia Wolfe, cofounder of the music group Bang on a Can. In this North American premiere on MCA Stage, five dancers respond and interact to live music performed onstage by four drummers from TaCTus Ensemble. Le Pladec was inspired by the manifest radicalism of the music, explaining, “There is something quite revolutionary in the energy of this piece.” She uses that intense energy to explore her own philosophical and political questions, conjuring up moments of collective belonging where individual “voices” are simultaneously independent and joined to one another without ever being harmonic. Logical impulses dissipate as the dancers transform continuously, moving together and then falling away with an intense physicality driven by the urgent sound. For more info: mcachicago.org

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      • Taylor Mac: An Abridged Concert of The History of Political Popular Music

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        MCA Stage: Sep 27–28, 2013 Taylor Mac, the “ragingly original and bracingly radical [and] best cabaret performer” of New York (TimeOut), and his band make their MCA Stage debut in this incredible visual feast and concert. The Obie Award–winning playwright, actor, and singer-songwriter transforms into a bedazzled creature who leads us into a decidedly personal history of music, ideas, and ways of being—in a hilarious and healing performance ritual. Mac delves deep into the history of political popular music for this performance, the latest in his series of concerts exploring the last 240 years of popular songs in America. Funny and moving with a sweet, powerful voice, he has the bantering skills of a veteran drag artist, “yet he can shift effortlessly to a more somber tone when he wants to drive home a message” (New York Times). For info or tickets: mcachicago.org/performances

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        • Cinderbox 18 (excerpt): 2007, Museum of Contemporary Art ~ Chicago

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          Cinderbox 18 takes its cue from the media’s voyeuristic approach to “reality” to explore the comedy and anxiety in our hyper-networked culture. Athletic choreography, improvisation, and a fragmented narrative characterize this witty dance theater work created by Julia Rhoads, and set to an original score by David Pavkovic. Responding to the purportedly unscripted and fly-on-the-wall observational style of reality TV, the work both exploits and makes indistinct the live and virtual, private and public, observer and observed, and the highly presentational and minutely subtle. Cinderbox 18 integrates video and clever dialogue to create a “show within a show,” wherein the performers become part of the audience. The result is an interactive environment shaped by the media technologies that alter our perception of how reality is generated. In response to its premiere at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Chicago Sun-Times notes: “Cinderbox 18… [is] a visually, kinetically, sonically and intellectually dazzling piece of dance theater that comments brilliantly on the whole process of creating, rehearsing, performing, viewing and critiquing dance. A deceptively difficult work that the eight members of Lucky Plush carry off as if it were the most easeful of long-form improvisations, the piece has a bit of Pirandello-like absurdism about it, as well as plenty of post-modern self-consciousness that has been neatly twisted into the most charming, self-mocking bits of playful humor.”

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          • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago danc(e)volve: New Works Festival

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            Jan 19–22 and 26–29, 2012 This new festival features world premiere works by renowned Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC) and Hubbard Street 2 (HS2). The project strengthens HSDC and the MCA’s commitment to supporting developing artists. Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton is selecting pieces to develop into full works from the annual Inside/Out Choreographic Workshop, which fosters choreographic talent within the company; as well as from HS2’s National Choreographic Competition. danc(e)volve also features the new work Resident HSDC Choreographer and company member Alejandro Cerrudo is making for HS2. Co-presented with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago For information and tickets, visit mcachicago.org/performances.

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            • Tsukasa Taiko: Taiko Legacy 8

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              Dec 17–18, 2011 Thunderous taiko drumming, stylized kimono dance, improvisations bridging jazz and Japanese court music—all of these combine when Tsukasa Taiko; Edward Wilkerson and Coco Elysses-Hevia of the legendary Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians; and three generations of artists from Tokyo, San Francisco, and Chicago perform in this joyous concert . Perfect for families, the performance unites ancient and contemporary music forms, and wraps the lively sounds in stunningly beautiful costumes and lighting for an unforgettable celebration of both custom and invention. For information and tickets, visit mcachicago.org/performances.

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              • Marc Bamuthi Joseph with Theaster Gates: red, black, and GREEN: a blues

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                Apr 12–14, 2012, at MCA Stage Oakland-based spoken word and dance artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and Chicago visual artist and activist Theaster Gates collaborate to create a multimedia performance and visual installation addressing environmental issues from the perspective of communities of color. Directed by Michael John Garcés, Joseph is joined on stage by Gates, dancer/actor Traci Tolmaire, and musician Tommy Shepherd. For information and tickets, visit mcachicago.org/performances.

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                • Luna Negra Dance Theater: Luna Nueva

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                  Jun 7–10, 2012, at MCA Stage This festival of three new works by Chicago-based Luna Negra Dance Theater is choreographed by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, LNDT artistic director; Mónica Cervantes Rodriguez, LNDT dancer and choreographer; and guest artist Diana Szeinblum. The company celebrates the richness and diversity of Latino culture through choreographing new works by contemporary Latino choreographers and leading hands-on education programs that encourage the exploration of personal and community identity. For information and tickets, visit mcachicago.org/performances.

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                  • Teatr ZAR: The Gospels of Childhood Triptych

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                    Mar 29 – Apr 1, 2012, at MCA Stage Poland’s Teatr ZAR uses song, chanting, and movement in this ritualistic work of theater and music that examines birth, death, pleasure, and pain. Inspired by ancient sacred music from the Caucasus and based on texts from the little-known apocryphal gospels and a poem by Polish Romantic poet Juliusz Slowacki, Poland’s Teatr ZAR uses song, chanting, and movement in this ritualistic work of theater and music. The performance is staged in three different installations: the first and third take place in the MCA Theater, with the audience on stage; and the second takes place in the MCA second-floor atrium. For information and tickets, visit mcachicago.org/performances.

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                    • Dance Exchange: Liz Lerman's "The Matter of Origins"

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                      Nov 10-13, 2011, at MCA Stage Liz Lerman’s most recent choreographic project with the company she founded 35 years ago is a magnificent exploration. Part performance, part conversation, and part game show, this multimedia dance work probes the universe large and small through science, poetry, and faith. For information and tickets, visit mcachicago.org/performances.

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