RESPIRE AT THE MCA

Respire is a collaboration between the musicians and dancers of CabinFever, electronic music improviser Stephan Moore, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA). This new work features original music and dance created by CabinFever, a collaborative group of artists from across the United States. The MCA will present Respire alongside the museum’s exhibition “Common Time,” which celebrates the creative life of Merce Cunningham, on Saturday, April 29th. 

 Respire meditates on how our presence leaves immaterial debris that lingers on, shaping and informing the environment. As Jenny Holzer writes: “It can be startling to see someone breathe, let alone the breathing of a crowd. You usually don’t believe that people extend that far.” 

 In the divided social climate we inhabit, it is more essential than ever to consider how our actions influence our world and impact others. Through original music and dance circulating throughout the halls of the MCA, Respire aims to explore these timely themes. 

Check out the 14 artists participating in this project:

Musicians, Dancers, + Production team

Aaron R. White//Dancer

Aaron R. White//Dancer

Erik Andor//Costume Designer

Erik Andor//Costume Designer

Lia Kohl//Musician

Lia Kohl//Musician

Artistic Director

Elana Jacobs//Artistic Director

Elana Jacobs//Artistic Director

Doug Barber//Musical Director + Musician       Photo by Joy Jacobs

Doug Barber//Musical Director + Musician       Photo by Joy Jacobs

Evan Anderson//     Musician+Lighting Designer

Evan Anderson//     Musician+Lighting Designer

Maggie Stack//Dancer

Maggie Stack//Dancer

Emily Craver//Dancer                                  Photo by Joy Jacobs

Emily Craver//Dancer                                  Photo by Joy Jacobs

Gavin Price//Musician                                       Photo by Joy Jacobs

Gavin Price//Musician                                       Photo by Joy Jacobs

Patrick Glennon//Musician + Development Coordinator  Photo by Joy Jacobs

Patrick Glennon//Musician + Development Coordinator  Photo by Joy Jacobs

Emily Pacilio//Dancer                                 Photo by Joy Jacobs

Emily Pacilio//Dancer                                 Photo by Joy Jacobs

Joy Jacobs//Photographer + Videographer

Joy Jacobs//Photographer + Videographer

Sarah Lustbader//Dancer                                 Photo by LaRae Lobdell  

Sarah Lustbader//Dancer                                 Photo by LaRae Lobdell

 

 + our GUEST artist

CabinFever is thrilled to be collaborating with COMPOSER AND SOUND DESIGNER, Stephan Moore, for this project.

Stephan Moore//Musician + Sound Design                                                                                                

Stephan Moore//Musician + Sound Design                                                                                              
 

During Respire, collaborator Stephan Moore will collect the sounds from the CabinFever musicians using a custom software system. He will then improvise with the re-processed sounds, exploring CabinFever’s aesthetic through his own creative re-imagining. For years Stephan Moore has worked as a musician, including time as a producer for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Performing with Stephan, who has worked with Merce Cunningham, imparts a spiritual component on this collaboration.    Our Artistic Director, Elana Jacobs, interned for Stephan Moore (and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company) in 2009 and is happy to reunite with Stephan for this performance.   For more about Stephan, check out: Oddnoise