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a canary torsi / Yanira Castro, Last Audience: a performance manual,

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This event will be hosted on Zoom. Tickets on sale soon. The manual that accompanies the event will be on sale soon.

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Video Still of devynn emory from Dust, a score in Last Audience: a performance manual
Video Still of devynn emory from Dust, a score in Last Audience: a performance manual
Last Audience at New York Live Arts, 2019
Photo by Maria Baranova
Last Audience at New York Live Arts, 2019
Photo by Maria Baranova
Last Audience at New York Live Arts, 2019
Photo: Simon Courchel
Last Audience at New York Live Arts, 2019
Photo: Simon Courchel
Leslie Cuyjet for a score in Last Audience: a performance manual
Photo: Simon Courchel
a score in Last Audience: a performance manual
Photo: Simon Courchel
Last Audience at New York Live Arts, 2019
Photo by Simon Courchel
a score in Last Audience: a performance manual
Photo by Simon Courchel

About this event

Join the artists of a canary torsi and your fellow audience members for a sneak peek of Last Audience: a performance manual! Get to know the artistic minds and big ideas behind the project, and find out how to use these visually arresting manuals to create a unique performance on your own, or with family and friends. In this virtual event the artists are also joined by Chicago-based civic leaders and MCA Associate Curator Tara Aisha Willis to answer questions about the project and hold thought-provoking conversation about how rituals of judgement and reckoning shape our society and our collective future. Attendees will receive early access to one of the scores as a PDF to use at home.

About the publication

Bessie-award winning collaborative, a canary torsi, reimagines performance for an era of social distance. Delivered in the mail as a series of printed booklets or digitally as a PDF, Last Audience transforms audience members into performers in their own homes, guided by the artists’ voices through rituals of mercy, judgment, communion and blessing. As participants stage their own interpretation of the artwork, they become both witness and creator, giver and receiver in an at-home performance of reckoning and transformation.

Who are we when we’re in a community? How do we assemble in today’s faltering democracy? What is our responsibility to judge, liberate, and have mercy on others? How do we move and make choices as a group, separated by physical and cultural distance? How can we reimagine the intimacy of theater for a new future?

Curator Credit

This project was organized by Tara Aisha Willis, Associate Curator, Performance and Public Practice with Laura Paige Kyber, Curatorial Assistant. The project is developed and produced by MCA Chicago and programming is presented in collaboration with Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.

Additional programming for Last Audience: a performance manual can be found at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.

Funding

Lead support for the New Works Initiative is provided by Elizabeth A. Liebman. Lead support for the 2020–21 season of MCA Performance and Public Programs is also provided by Elizabeth A. Liebman.

Major support is provided by the Alphawood Foundation and Julie and Larry Bernstein. Generous support is also provided by Lois and Steve Eisen and The Eisen Family Foundation; Ginger Farley and Bob Shapiro/the Martha Struthers Farley and Donald C. Farley Jr. Family Foundation; Susan Manning and Doug Doetsch; and Carol Prins and John Hart/The Jessica Fund. Additional generous support for MCA Stage is provided by Enact, the MCA’s performance affinity group. The MCA is a proud member of the Museums in the Park and receives major support from the Chicago Park District.

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“[T]his is the palpable sensation of art up-close and personal.”

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“I approach performance as a radical practice for democracy. It is not a spectator sport. It is a communal act and it requires us.”