This winter, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago will present two performances by Oslo-based artist Ingri Fiskdal that blend fashion, movement, sound and light: STATE (Feb 7-10) and Diorama (Feb 11-13). In STATE, a small society manifests through ritual dances, music, and costumes, with an imaginative design co-created with sound artist Lasse Marhaug and avant-garde fashion designer Henrik Vibskov. Diorama takes place outdoors and is timed to follow the Chicago winter sunset and the city's flickering skyline from the perspective of Millennium Park. Here, Fiksdal's performers, dressed in sequined costumes by Fredrik Floen, incorporate and absorb the reflective power of Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate.
Co-presented with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as part of Chicago Theater Week 2019, Ingri Fiksdal and Jonas Corell Peterson: STATE takes place at the MCA from Thursday to Saturday, February 7-9, at 7:30 pm with an additional performance on Sunday, February 10 at 2 pm, and Ingri Fiksdal: Diorama is free to attend and takes place at Millennium Park from Monday to Wednesday, February 11-13, at 4 pm.
In STATE, Fiksdal collaborates with director/dramaturg Jonas Corell Petersen to create a multi-layered experience that is part dance performance and part live concert. Five dancers begin the performance on the floor as one morphing, interconnected body, before moving through a number of physically demanding dance rituals drawing from a range of inspirations, from classic ballet to military parades, all set to Marhaug's live mix of pulsating and atmospheric sounds. Vibskov's costumes take on lives of their own, often driving the choreography and the dramatic transformations between dances. As the lines between individual bodies dissolve, STATE ruminates on common experiences and shared values, and the ways the state uses social structures to reinforce its authority.
Framed within the shimmering skyline of Chicago, Diorama is staged alongside artist Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate in Chicago's iconic Millennium Park, where the performance unfolds in tandem with the city's winter sunset. Diorama is influenced by Louis Daguerre's notion of 'diorama theater' in which the audience watches larger-than-life landscape paintings transform through skillfully manipulated light, sound effects, and live performers. Reflecting on the passing of time and the evolution of a particular view of the urban landscape, MFA students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago perform alongside Fiksdal's dancers, while Marhaug mixes live with vocals by Norwegian art-pop and gothic metal artist Jenny Hval.
STATE and Diorama are presented in partnership with the departments of fashion design, exhibitions, and performance and the Fashion Resource Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IN>TIME 19, and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Ingri Fiksdal and Jonas Corell Peterson: STATE takes place at the MCA from Thursday to Saturday, February 7-9, at 7:30 pm and Sunday, February 10 at 2 pm in the Edlis Neeson Theater, 220 East Chicago Avenue. Tickets are $30 and can be reserved through the MCA Box Office by phone at 312.397.4010 or via www.mcachicago.org. Ingri Fiksdal: Diorama is free to attend and takes place at Cloud Gate in Millennium Park from Monday to Wednesday, February 11-13, at 4 pm. One free general museum admission is granted with an MCA Stage ticket stub, valid up to seven days after the performance.
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Ingri Fiksdal: STATE (photo by Anders Lindén).