Box Office Picks: 2017–18 Season

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We recently announced an MCA Stage season that is filled with up-and-coming artists, intimate performances, and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Our Box Office staff are positive that many of these performances will sell out so, before they do, we asked a few staff members and interns which performance(s) they are most looking forward to attending.

Emma’s Picks

600 Highwaymen, The Fever

Photo: Maria Baranova

The Fever, the latest work by 600 HIGHWAYMEN, tests the limits of individual and collective responsibility, and our willingness to be there for one another. Written and directed by Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone, the intimate work involves the audience of 75 people who are seated on the stage.

Matti’s Picks

The silhouette of a woman shows her standing and facing away with arms outstretched to either side, her head adorned with a broad, curving headdress, and her face upturned.

Twyla Tharp in Re-Moves at the Judson Memorial Church, 1966

Photo © Robert Barry

For the first time, the MCA presents Twyla Tharp, one of this century’s most acclaimed artists, for the world premiere of Minimalism and Me, an original program created specifically for the MCA. In the program, Tharp recollects the creation of her seminal early works from the period and her experiences while living among major visual artists of the time. A select group of members of Twyla Tharp Dance re-creates excerpts from the works she discusses, illuminating the progression of minimalism in the 1960s and 1970s and the influence the movement had on her choreography.

Yingci’s Picks

Okwui Okpokwasili, Poor People's TV Room

Photo © Ian Douglas

Bessie Award–winning artist and United States Artist Fellow Okwui Okpokwasili and director-designer Peter Born use an interdisciplinary approach to examine gender, culture, and identity as they are expressed in American and global contexts. Poor People’s TV Room is concerned with how to recover buried histories, particularly of movements of resistance and collective action in Nigeria. This exploration was set in motion by two historical incidents: the Women’s War of 1929, a resistance movement against British colonial powers, and the Boko Haram kidnappings of more than 300 girls in 2014, which launched the Bring Back Our Girls movement.

Max’s Picks

Three men and one woman stand on a beach on a sunny day wearing heavy parkas.

Mind Over Mirrors: Jaime Fennelly with Jon Mueller, Janet Beveridge Bean, and Jim Becker

Photo: Saverio Truglia

With his evolving project Mind Over Mirrors, Chicago-based musician and composer Jaime Fennelly premieres Bellowing Sun, a work that creates an aural prism through the layering of acoustic and electronic instruments. A departure from Fennelly’s solo practice as a harmoniumist and synthesist, Bellowing Sun also includes vocalist and percussionist Janet Beveridge Bean, violinist Jim Becker, and percussionist Jon Mueller—four musicians who share an interest in the intersections of the American vernacular and contemporary avant-garde.