Theater

Description

Performers from Chicago and around the world bring groundbreaking works to the intimate Edlis Neeson Theater and spaces around the museum, making the MCA a gem in a city known for its theater.

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Past

2018

  • Federico León
    Las ideas
    MCA Stage
    Theater
    Ticket purchase required
    A man sits at a cluttered ping-pong table, looking at an image projected on the vertical rear half of the table. In the projected image, we see two men standing at the same table, their images repeating and receding into the distance.
  • The Way You Look (at me) Tonight Touch Tour
    Dance
    Theater
    Ticket purchase required
    Seated people on a darkened stage watch as a woman using crutches steps on and walks over a man, who lies on the ground.
    1. Long People seated on a darkened stage watch as a woman using crutches steps on and walks over a man, who lies face down on the ground. Her right foot is planted on his right hand. His left hand reaches forward, toward the camera, while her left foot hovers just above it.
    2. Long People seated on a darkened stage watch as a woman using crutches steps on and walks over a man, who lies face down on the ground. Her right foot is planted on his right hand. His left hand reaches forward, toward the camera, while her left foot hovers just above it.
    3. Long People seated on a darkened stage watch as a woman using crutches steps on and walks over a man, who lies face down on the ground. Her right foot is planted on his right hand. His left hand reaches forward, toward the camera, while her left foot hovers just above it.
    4. Long People seated on a darkened stage watch as a woman using crutches steps on and walks over a man, who lies face down on the ground. Her right foot is planted on his right hand. His left hand reaches forward, toward the camera, while her left foot hovers just above it.
    5. Long People seated on a darkened stage watch as a woman using crutches steps on and walks over a man, who lies face down on the ground. Her right foot is planted on his right hand. His left hand reaches forward, toward the camera, while her left foot hovers just above it.
  • Okwui Okpokwasili
    Poor People’s TV Room
    Dance
    MCA Stage
    Theater
    Ticket purchase required
    Two black women face one another eyes closed under a harsh fluorescent light. The older woman on the right holds the younger woman's outstretched arm by the wrist at her temple.
  • Dorothée Munyaneza/Kadidi
    Unwanted
    ,
    MCA Stage
    Music
    Theater
    Ticket purchase required
    A young black woman stands at a microphone, her mouth open in a cry or in song. She holds a curved length of wood or bone above her head with both hands.
    1. Long A young black woman with closely cropped hair stands at a microphone, her mouth open in a cry or in song. She is dramatically lit by warm light from her left in an otherwise cool dark space. She holds a yard-long curved length of wood or bone above her head with both hands. Her garment is gathered at the waist and draped around her torso. It covers her right arm with a long sleeve and leaves her left arm exposed. Behind her a second performer kneels at a second mic, working with an electronic instrument. The space behind them is dark, but a length of corrugated steel, painted in varying colors, lies behind them.
    2. Long A young black woman with closely cropped hair stands at a microphone, her mouth open in a cry or in song. She is dramatically lit by warm light from her left in an otherwise cool dark space. She holds a yard-long curved length of wood or bone above her head with both hands. Her garment is gathered at the waist and draped around her torso. It covers her right arm with a long sleeve and leaves her left arm exposed. Behind her a second performer kneels at a second mic, working with an electronic instrument. The space behind them is dark, but a length of corrugated steel, painted in varying colors, lies behind them.

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