You don't need an excuse to visit the MCA, one of our very own terrific arts institutions, devoted to art by the living, but you may not know much about the museum's stage performances, so CGN's challenge to you is to make cool, last minute plans and go see the Trisha Brown Dance Company perform this weekend at the museum. The company gets major accolades, having performed for the past 40 years, and to demonstrate just how accessible, as well as cool, they are, they perform to a variety of music, ranging from the Grateful Dead to Gordon Lightfoot and Bob Dylan, making for an unusual mix of contexts that will appeal to any audience. Seeing such performances at the MCA should make you reconsider what you know to be 'visual art', and the shared experience could give you plenty of dinner (maybe date?) conversation all weekend.
MCA Stage celebrates the 40th anniversary of Trisha Brown Dance Company with a program that spans the depth and creative range of one of the foremost artists of our time. This is a rare opportunity to experience select early works that shaped postmodern dance, in combination with her newest piece, which is choreographed to a baroque opera. Eighteenth-century French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau's one-act Pygmalion, based on a myth as told in Ovid's Metamorphoses, is a story of love and magic rendered in an elegant and intricate architecture of human movement by Trisha Brown. The stage set, based on her drawings, reflects her ongoing interests as a visual artist.
Below are performance times and ticket prices. One performance on Saturday afternoon is included with regular MCA admission. In tandem with this concert program, Trisha Brown Dance also performs one of her signature site-based works in the MCA galleries:
Early Works: Saturday, April 16, 3-4 pm
Free with museum admission or performance ticket
A rare event, join the Trisha Brown dancers on the MCA's main floor where they perform signature works from the company's forty-year history, including Accumulation (1971) set to the Grateful Dead's "Uncle John's Band", Sticks (1973), and Spanish Dance (1973) set to Gordon Lightfoot's "Early Mornin' Rain" performed by Bob Dylan.
Another opportunity truly does involve dinner and dancing:
Dinner + Show: Trisha Brown Dance Company
Feast and mingle with MCA Stage Director of Performance Programs Peter Taub and, special guest, Rehearsal Director Di Madden, immediately prior to the opening night of Trisha Brown Dance Company. A tapas dinner reception and drinks are provided by Wolfgang Puck Catering before guests enjoy the opening-night performance from the best seats in the house.
$75, includes dinner and performance ticket
For ticket reservations, call Bridget Eastman at 312.397.3827
More info about Trisha Brown Dance Company.
• Friday, April 15, 7:30 pm Tickets $22, members $18
• Saturday, April 16, 7:30 pm Tickets $28, members $22
• Sunday, April 17, 3 pm Tickets $28, members $22
Buy Tickets Online or call the MCA Box Office, 312.397.4010
* Student tickets are $10 and subject to availability