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Ben Law, Jessica Marasa, Kristina Fluty, Molly Shanahan. Photo: William Frederking.

Molly Shanahan / Mad Shak

Of Whales, Time, and Your Last Attempt to Reach Me

March 29, 30 and 31, 2018 • 7:30 p.m.   Tickets.


“There is no one (no one) who moves quite like Molly Shanahan, and that alone is worth the cost of admission.”  -- SeeChicagoDance.com

Choreographer Molly Shanahan returns to the Dance Center for the world premiere of her new work, Of Whales, Time, and Your Last Attempt to Reach Me. This ensemble piece grapples with emotional ambivalence in a world of perception-altering technology and digitally-dependent relationships. Through Shanahan’s intricately crafted movement, the Mad Shak ensemble investigates and expresses the tension between the rigid materiality of the self, as reflected by the devices and media surrounding our lives, and the body’s invisible fluidity in response to those same influences. This work is set at the intersection of conflict, where constantly shifting input confirms identity in one moment and then throws it off-kilter the next.



Additional Events

Post-Performance Conversation: Thursday, March 29

Pre-Performance Talk: Friday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Sherwood Community Music School recital hall, 1312 S. Michigan Ave.

Workshop: Saturday, March 31 at 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. | $10  
Swimming Inside: Diving in the Whales Process with Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak

Molly Shanahan and collaborators invite dancers into our process for creating Whales, a work informed by the hidden impulses that we can surface through the deep listening of movement, devotion to honesty, and to each other. We navigate the urgent, occluded, sometimes humorous, and often tangled pathways of unheeded calls and invite them into temporary form. We practice rigorous body acceptance while questioning the very nature of body. Join us to explore affectation and vulnerability, threat and despair, blubber and fuel.

 

 

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The Chicago Human Rhythm Project performances at the Dance Center are funded, in part, by The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

The Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak performances at the Dance Center are funded, in part, by The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.