A meditation, a diagnostic exam, a soundscape: Lee Blalock's new work for Mocrep tests the systems of the human body and mind. Inspired by vintage stereo test records which were used to test audio fidelity, Stereo Test Program No.3: Transmutation Assessment superimposes variations of the original tests onto the human body to assess its systems while creating an original sound piece. Highly physical, the piece challenges 6 performers to a series of tests, interfacing them with both their spiritual and technological selves. The performers achieve balance through physical strain and emotional vulnerability.
The live work is paired with a web project inspired by the programs notes that came with the original records and can be found at leeblalock.com.
Work Week is a seven day-long performance in which five members of Mocrep attempt to redefine their own ideas of time keeping, productivity, and community through ritualized work. Performers will eschew all markers of modernized time, delving into a schedule of tasks whose execution and duration are determined by means foreign to (and in conversation with) conventional American work structures. The performance will take place entirely in High Concept Labs as a part of their 2018 Summer Intensives and can be viewed exclusively via internet live stream.
Performers include Deidre Huckabay, Lia Kohl, Nick Meryhew, Andrew Tham, and Ryan Zerna.
Live stream links here:
Streaming from 5 PM Friday 5/18- 5 PM Sunday 5/20
Work Weekend is a two day-long work-in-progress performance in which five members of Mocrep attempt to redefine their own ideas of time keeping, productivity, and community through ritualized work. Performers will eschew all markers of modernized time, delving into a schedule of tasks whose execution and duration are determined by means foreign to (and in conversation with) conventional American work structures. The performance will take place entirely in Comfort Station Logan Square and can be viewed in person and via internet live stream.
Performers include Deidre Huckabay, Nick Meryhew, Andrew Tham, and Ryan Zerna.
Round two of these ensembles' exciting collaborations, this time at Constellation Chicago. Following a week long intensive collaborative process, this performance will feature new work developed and led by artists from both groups.
More information about Bastard Assignments can be found here.
As a part of Jennifer Walshe's much anticipated visit to Chicago, Mocrep will present a series of solo and ensemble works co-curated by the ensemble and Walshe. A continuation of the group's existing work with Walshe, this performance will explore the connections between sound, movement, and the performing body.
Presented by Experimental Sound Studio
In Common Core Art, we take seemingly menial tasks and make them almost unbearably difficult. Whether it is keeping a simple beat on the snare drum, reciting text, consuming food or water, or any other daily activity, we will do so in a way that stretches the performer to the limit, both physically and mentally. Whether it's through art, or any occupation, hard work is always glorified. With this performance, we intend to glorify it to an unreasonable degree.
Mocrep invites families to participate in a dynamic, interactive performance installation, devised as part game, part social exploration, part absurdist dinner table. All will be welcome to participate and contribute to a communally created and shared performance.
More info about family programming at the MCA here
In Pants, Pants, Pants we stay alive, we stay positive, and we entertain. Through show tunes, fast choreography, interviews and games and balloons, Mocrep and Ludwig Abraham team up to beg the question "What is entertainment?". You will laugh, you will cry, you will be part of something new and exciting, like nothing you've seen before. Our multi-talented, handsome cast will leave you wanting more Pants, Pants, Pants!
Pants, Pants, Pants captures the unique energy of a singular performance event, and the grandeur of classical shows and their theatrics, but also reflects the changed reality and new mode of perception that contemporary entertainment has produced. The work will resemble an old-fashioned variety show—complete with dance numbers and cardboard walls—but also the quick paced and disjointed reality of a Facebook feed, late night talk show, or reality TV series.
Athenaeum Theatre Studio Three 2936 N. Southport Ave. 3rd Floor Chicago, IL 60657 Lincoln, Wellington and Southport CTA Bus #9; Brown Line Wellington Stop
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