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Call for Performers

Danny Giles Performance

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and artist Danny Giles are seeking experienced performers, dancers, and artists to participate in a 10–15 minute performance at the MCA Chicago on Nov 8, 2018.

The artist encourages individuals of color of all genders, ages 16–65, to submit materials for consideration.

Performers must be able to navigate a darkened space, hold poses for 10 minutes or longer, and memorize simple choreography. Performers will be asked to commit to one initial meeting session/rehearsal and the live performance at the MCA on Nov 8.

Performers will receive a $50 stipend.

Interested parties should submit a headshot and short bio to [email protected] by Friday, Oct 26.

Contact Christy LeMaster, Assistant Curator of Public Programs, at [email protected] with questions.

Availability Required

Mon, Nov 5: Initial meeting and rehearsal at the MCA Edlis Neeson Theater (220 E Chicago Ave), 8–10 pm.

Thur, Nov 8: Performance and program at the MCA, 5–8 pm.


Performance of dead(air), 2015 by Chicago-based artist Danny Giles as part of the program MCA ‘68: Art & Violence, Then & Now.

*dead(air)*(2015) is a single-channel video and accompanying 9-minute performance. The video includes samples of police audio, 911 dispatches, and literary and nonfiction accounts of firsthand violence. Moving between literary accounts and real-life instances of state violence, the video plays as performers simultaneously assume positions of apprehension, escape, and death. This work borrows gestures from contemporary protest movements and uses forms of avant-garde dance to confront the viewer with representations of violence and resistance.