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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Music For 7 Basketballs + Electronics Pt.1: Performed By Mocrep
Michael Coltun (bass, electronics, tapes loops and controlled motors) Amanda Bailey, Zachary Good, Nick Meryhew, Zach Moore, Isaac Stevenson, Christopher Wood, Ryan Zerna (basketballs)
The culminating performance of a week long residency at dfbrl8r Performance Art Gallery.
Members of Mocrep will be in residence all week at Dfbrl8r Performance Art Gallery, devising a completely new work. Stop by and see our process!
Mocrep and Berlin-based composer/performer Neele Hülcker collaborate on an evening of movement and ASMR.
In conjunction with a new exhibit on technology and innovation in the early 20th century, mocrep will react to the works and concepts of the exhibition through performances and collaborations with Jennifer Walshe, Lee Blalock, and Lia Kohl.
Mocrep presents a collaborative performance with Brazilian artist Marcela Lucatelli.
Program: Plank Rodeo, by Jenna Lyle + Mocrep
Performed by: Christopher Wood, Alexander Ellsworth, Isaac Stevenson, Zach Good
oh hey, uh
wanna go to the dance?
Mocrep is teaming up with Chicago-based comic Sarah Squirm and some other funny friends--Erin Grotheer, Nicky Martin and Toler Wolfe--to bring you a dance to end 2016, and start 2017 off right!
No cover, donations accepted
Definitely wear your New Years finest (sarah will be dressed as a baby)
Come ready to dance + laugh!
Doors open at 7pm, show starts promptly at 7:30pm
Tickets: No cover (donations encouraged and appreciated!)
Join us for an evening of live performances and video adventures with Jenna Lyle & Eric Fernandez, Mocrep, Taylor Swifter, Jessie Marino, Andrew Tham and the BIG TEEN #notthepornthing, and of course an ongoing Toast Bar with ll the fixins. Bring your own topping to share with your friends and get comfy!
A showcase of Mocrep's performance and curatorial practice, as part of our participation in the Darmstadt Summer Course for New Music, featuring works by Jennifer Walshe, James Saunders, Zach Moore and a world premiere by Neele Huelcker.
Orangerie, free admission
Mocrep is one of three young ensembles (and the only American ensemble) to be invited to the world renowned International Summer Course for New Music as part of their Young Ensembles Program. during the course, Mocrep will present a showcase concert of their performative and curatorial practice, as well as teaming up with Steven Kazuo Takasugi on a collaborative workshop titled Just Beyond our Instruments is the World.
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In April 2016 the Munich-based composer Ludwig Abraham and the American performance ensemble Mocrep created and performed a Radio opera titled "Record" in Chicago , with support from the Goethe Institut and Lumpen Radio. Now they are bringing the project to Munich, in the Säulenhalle, with live broadcasting from Radiosender M94.5.
Mocrep is teaming up with two New York-based duos, On Structure (Natacha Diels and Jessie Marino) and Radical 2 (Levy Lorenzo and Dennis Sullivan) to present a show of new works at No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Un-space. Games/diversions/dances by Parlour Tapes+
Mocrep: new work by Bethany Younge//Zach Moore//Christopher Wood//Owen Davis
Radical 2: duo for mixed percussion, speaking, tape playback, and strobe lights//duo for hacked joysticks and 2 laptops//Simulcast by Rick Burkhardt.
On Structure: new work by Jessie Marino and Natacha Diels
Radical 2 (Levy Lorenzo // Dennis Sullivan) is a performance duo based in Brooklyn, NY. Grounded in the tradition of contemporary classical percussion, Radical 2 extends this performance practice by exploring compositions that use theatrical vocal techniques and prototype electronics. By integrating the human voice via extended techniques and oddly contextualized speech, Radical 2 is actively blurring the lines between their vocal chords and percussion instruments. While also making use of physical theater, their performances range from whimsical and witty, to somber and nebulous, to farcical and just plain absurd. With electronics, Radical 2 uses newly designed instruments that allow the use of live electronics into their performances which provide strong engagement between the audience and the electronic sound worlds. Radical 2 extends the role of classical percussionists into actors and electronic musicians, yet still relying on the percussionist’s sense of extended techniques and new music performance practice.
ON STRUCTURE is Natacha Diels and Jessie Marino making sounds, sights, movements, objects, and tasty bits of ephemera, together.
HOLOLITH is a 3-hour-long work of speculative music that engages—through sound, image, and ritual—outsized forces that shape and are shaped by humans. HOLOLITH asks audience members to get cozy, move around and think about HOLOLITH as sculpture, just let it wash over them. HOLOLITH asks performers to perform speculative music with tools such as: landscaping stones, rebar, contact speakers, PVC instruments, found objects, bass drums. HOLOLITH finds source material in weather data, medieval manners manuals, Western Avenue car dealer info, children's jokes, and ancient-to-contemporary healing recipes. HOLOLITH is an unbroken stone circle. But HOLOLITH is also a hologram. HOLOLITH can even be a megalith, but a megalith printed on paper. packaged with bubblegum. HOLOLITH will be a real good time.
HOLOLITH was created by Sam Scranton and Molly Roth for Mocrep.
Co-prosesperity Sphere: 3219 S. Morgan Street
Broadcast by Lumpen Radio
The mostly overlooked style of radio opera, in German "Funkoper", combines a live performance and a simultaneous production of a radio broadcast. In a collaboration between German composer Ludwig Abraham and the American ensemble Mocrep, the different potentials and possible modes of perception of the used media will be put to a test. Four musicians on stage are joined by a narrator or disc jockey that can be heard in the broadcast only.
This production is sponsored by the Goethe-Institut Chicago
Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave., Chicago
Selection from Amproprification Series by Maximilian Marcoll (U.S. Premiere)
Compound No.4: Friction Machine Alarm Signal Construction by Maximilian Marcoll (U.S. Premiere)
Der Tod des klassischen Instruments (The Death of the Classical Instrument), by Mathias Monrad Møller (World Premiere)
Presented with support from the Goethe Institut Chicago
Mocrep at Constellation Chicago's Frequency Festival:
This program, in its explorations of movement, bodies, sampling, and performance relationships, critiques and reflects on social and political structures and their musical implications. David Alan Broome’s critiques of capitalism in “Drink,” Brigitta Muntendorf’s critiques of hierarchies in “Yes, Master,” and Jennifer Walshe’s critiques of classical instrumental performance in “Wash Me Whiter Than Snow” will all contribute to a politically potent and musically engaging performance.
David Alan Broome: Drink (2014) for solo midi keyboard
Brigitta Muntendorf: Yes, Master (2011)
Jennifer Walshe: Wash Me Whiter than Snow (2013) for violin, cello and DVD
This program will be shared with a.pe.ri.od.ic.
Mocrep presents a series of works by Irish composer Jennifer Walshe at Mana Contemporary Chicago.
Wash Me Whiter than Snow (2013) for violin, cello and DVD
XXX_LIVE_NUDE_GIRLS!!! (2003) for two female vocalists, clarinet, trombone, accordion, cello, two puppeteers, two camera operators, and CD
1354 West Wabansia
Chicago, IL 60642
Natacha Diels (b.1981): Second Nightmare for Kiku (2013) for violin and two assistants
Marina Rosenfeld (b.1968): WHITE LINES (2003-ongoing) for ensemble and projected score
Andrew Greenwald (b.1980): 33 Words (2013) for soprano saxophone
Dai Fujikura (b.1977): SAKANA (2007) for tenor saxophone
Alex Mincek (b.1975): Ali (2010) for alto saxophone
Mocrep performers Zach Moore and Alex Ellsworth perform Tragedy: Love Duet by Carolyn Chen as part of FLAK at Intuit: the Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art.
details coming soon!!
scenes from Thunder, Perfect Mind by Christopher Preissing (2015)
Friday 11/08 8PM
Saturday 11/09 8PM
Sunday 11/10 8PM
Second Nightmare for KIKU by Natacha Diels (2013)
White Lines by Marina Rosenfeld (2003-ongoing)
Endless Shrimp by Jessie Marino (2015)