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eighth blackbird
The Grammy-winning sextet performs an intriguing program that traces love through the ages, from Baroque jewels by Monteverdi and Gesualdo to Bon Iver and Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry. The centerpiece of the evening is Amy Beth Kirsten’s musical spectacle Colombine’s Paradise Theatre.
Fri 9/12/14 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater eighth blackbird


David Bowie Variety Hour
A wild combination of Chicago performers, dancers, and musicians come together to celebrate the shape-shifting chameleon David Bowie.
Fri 9/26/14 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater David Bowie Variety Hour
Sat 9/27/14 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater David Bowie Variety Hour


Rosas
One of the greatest dance visionaries of our time, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, returns to MCA with a seminal work of her Belgian company, Rosas.
Thu 10/9/14 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Rosas
Fri 10/10/14 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Rosas
Sat 10/11/14 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Rosas
Sun 10/12/14 3:00PM Edlis Neeson Theater Rosas



Fumiyo Ikeda has danced with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rosas since 1983. During the course of her career, she has also chosen her own direction, collaborating with additional progressive artists such as choreographer Alain Platel, writer and director Tim Etchells, and visual artist and actor/writer Benjamin Verdonck. Ikeda, the remarkable senior dancer performing in Rosas danst Rosas, gives a master class for professionals and advanced students on the occasion of this celebrated return by Rosas to MCA Stage in fifteen years.
Sat 10/11/14 1:00PM Edlis Neeson Theater Master class w/ Fumiyo Ikeda


Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker provides wide-ranging insights into choreography and into the making of her four early works (1981-86) including Rosas danst Rosas, performed at MCA Stage Oct 9-12. Following the talk she signs the two-volume book set A Choreographer’s Score: Early Works (2012) and A Choreographer’s Score: En Atendant & Cesena (2013), a rich trove spanning thirty years of development in De Keersmaeker’s work.
Sun 10/12/14 1:00PM Edlis Neeson Theater Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker


Michael Clark Company
Hailed as “British dance’s true iconoclast”, Michael Clark is a defining cultural figure who MCA is bringing to Chicago for the first time.
Sat 10/25/14 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Michael Clark Company
Sun 10/26/14 3:00PM Edlis Neeson Theater Michael Clark Company
Mon 10/27/14 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Michael Clark Company


Teatro en el Blanco
This tour de force performance by the acclaimed Teatro en el Blanco from Chile centers on an intimate debate by the two 15th century figures whose actions changed the world: Queen Isabel of Castile and Cristóbal Colón (Christopher Columbus).
Sat 11/1/14 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Teatro en el Blanco
Sun 11/2/14 3:00PM Edlis Neeson Theater Teatro en el Blanco
Sun 11/2/14 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Teatro en el Blanco


Holcombe Waller
The gifted Portland-based composer and performer Holcombe Waller creates beautiful works with themes of intimacy and the search for spiritual meaning.
Fri 11/7/14 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Holcombe Waller
Sat 11/8/14 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Holcombe Waller
Sun 11/9/14 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Holcombe Waller


Bobby Conn
Culture warrior Bobby Conn dons glitter and heels to channel the Thin White Duke in all his occult Krautrock-inspired greatness.
Sat 11/15/14 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Bobby Conn


Jon Langford
Chicago musicians shake down the Bowie songbook, recreating classic albums—their way. Alt-country rabble-rousers Jon Langford and Sally Timms wave a tattered flag for unforgettable love songs on November 21.
Fri 11/21/14 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Jon Langford


Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Ascend during our third consecutive year in the Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. See a program of new work by rising choreographers Kyle Abraham, Victor Quijada and Robyn Mineko Williams, all Princess Grace Award winners for their choreography.
Thu 12/11/14 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Fri 12/12/14 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Sat 12/13/14 3:00PM Edlis Neeson Theater Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Sat 12/13/14 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Sun 12/14/14 3:00PM Edlis Neeson Theater Hubbard Street Dance Chicago


Tsukasa Taiko: Taiko Legacy 11
To mark Taiko Legacy’s 11th anniversary, MCA Stage presents Taiko Legacy 11, a perennial family favorite at MCA Stage.
Sat 12/20/14 3:00PM Edlis Neeson Theater Tsukasa Taiko: Taiko Legacy 11
Sun 12/21/14 3:00PM Edlis Neeson Theater Tsukasa Taiko: Taiko Legacy 11


Tsukasa Taiko: Reduction
To mark Taiko Legacy’s 11th anniversary, MCA Stage presents Reduction. Reduction revisits the early 1970s music and theater experimentations of Tokyo.
Sat 12/20/14 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Tsukasa Taiko: Reduction


Manual Cinema
Manual Cinema is a phenomenal multidisciplinary ensemble of Chicago artists who combine their varied backgrounds in theater, puppetry, music and media to tell transformative stories.
Thu 1/15/15 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Manual Cinema
Fri 1/16/15 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Manual Cinema
Sat 1/17/15 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Manual Cinema
Sun 1/18/15 3:00PM Edlis Neeson Theater Manual Cinema


Stan's Cafe
Stan's Café is an experimental theater group that takes on wildly different projects – from large scale installations to theater for one person at a time. For their Chicago debut, MCA presents them in a production where three cardinals tell their narrow biblical history of the world, from Creation to the Apocalypse, as an evangelical puppet show.
Thu 1/22/15 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Stan's Cafe
Fri 1/23/15 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Stan's Cafe
Sat 1/24/15 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Stan's Cafe


Sonia Sanchez
The phenomenal bailaora Sònia Sánchez rediscovers the depths of flamenco technique and the unconscious in Le Ça, her solo dance to live guitar and vocals.
Fri 2/13/15 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Sonia Sanchez
Sat 2/14/15 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Sonia Sanchez
Sun 2/15/15 3:00PM Edlis Neeson Theater Sonia Sanchez


Mariano Pensotti
MCA Stage presents the Chicago debut of the leading author and theater director, Mariano Pensotti. Based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he has created more than 15 works in the past ten years. His newest piece, Cineastas, revolves around the stories of four filmmakers in Buenos Aires, and the four movies they film over the course of a year in their city.
Thu 2/26/15 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Mariano Pensotti
Fri 2/27/15 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Mariano Pensotti
Sat 2/28/15 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Mariano Pensotti
Sun 3/1/15 3:00PM Edlis Neeson Theater Mariano Pensotti


Joffrey Academy of Dance
The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, performs its fifth annual program of world premieres by ascendant choreographers of color, this year for the first time in the Edlis Neeson Theater.
Sat 3/7/15 3:00PM Edlis Neeson Theater Joffrey Academy of Dance
Sat 3/7/15 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Joffrey Academy of Dance
Sun 3/8/15 3:00PM Edlis Neeson Theater Joffrey Academy of Dance


The Seldoms
This new multi-disciplinary work of dance theater explores the nature of power through the historical lens of Lyndon Baines Johnson.
Fri 3/20/15 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater The Seldoms
Sat 3/21/15 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater The Seldoms
Sun 3/22/15 3:00PM Edlis Neeson Theater The Seldoms
Thu 3/26/15 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater The Seldoms
Fri 3/27/15 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater The Seldoms
Sat 3/28/15 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater The Seldoms
Sun 3/29/15 3:00PM Edlis Neeson Theater The Seldoms


Ragamala Dance w/ Mahanthappa
For this new collaboration, leading artists in dance and jazz create a work informed by their shared bicultural identities as Indian-Americans, yet expressed in distinct artistic forms.
Fri 4/10/15 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Ragamala Dance w/ Mahanthappa
Sat 4/11/15 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Ragamala Dance w/ Mahanthappa
Sun 4/12/15 3:00PM Edlis Neeson Theater Ragamala Dance w/ Mahanthappa


ICE: Anna Thorvaldsdottir
Innovative new music ensemble ICE performs In the Light of Air, an atmospheric and luminescent work they commissioned of Anna Thorvaldsdottir for the Reykjavik Arts Festival.
Sat 4/25/15 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater ICE: Anna Thorvaldsdottir


Nicole Mitchell
In conjunction with the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), MCA presents new works by composer and virtuoso musician Nicole Mitchell.
Sat 5/2/15 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Nicole Mitchell


Renée Baker
In conjunction with the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), MCA presents new works by Renee Baker. Baker entwines music, voice, and dance in a lush, energetic new piece inspired by early Buddhist teachings.
Sun 5/3/15 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Renee Baker


Third Coast Percussion
Combining years of field recordings with innovative composition, Third Coast Percussion explores the distinctions between music and noise, instrument and everyday object, and performance and daily life.
Thu 5/21/15 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Third Coast Percussion
Fri 5/22/15 7:30PM Edlis Neeson Theater Third Coast Percussion