MCA Stage presents the North American premiere of Democracy by Maud Le Pladec, one of the most important figures in the new generation of French choreographers. Built on the music of Julia Wolfe, Democracy features five dancers responding to live music performed onstage by four drummers from TaCTuS Ensemble. Democracy takes place on Saturday, May 3, at 7:30 pm and Sunday, May 4, at 3 pm in the Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
The high energy dance in Democracy is performed to Julia Wolfe's Dark Full Ride and a short work by the Italian composer Francesco Filidei. Le Pladec was drawn specifically to Wolfe's score for its muscular, kinetic, and raw sound which can be experienced throughout the body. She explores her own philosophical and political questions through the performance's power and intensity, which creates a complex sensory experience for the performers as well as the audience.
Maud Le Pladec is a choreographer of innovative dance with a strong collaborative sensibility. Part of a larger collaboration with the Bang on a Can music collective, Democracy is the second in a trilogy of works based on the music of the collective's three founding members. The first work, Dystopia and Ominous Funk, draws from music by David Lang, while the third focuses on composer Michael Gordon. The second part of the trilogy, Democracy, inspired by Wolfe, debuts in North America on MCA Stage.
Le Pladec trained and performed with Mathilde Monnier. She has performed in works by Herman Diephuis and has an ongoing role dancing for Boris Charmataz. Her 2010 work Professor Bad Trip, based on a project to physically translate everything heard in the music of Italian composer Fausto Romitelli, won the Choregraphic Revelation Award from the Syndicat de la Critique in France.
MCA Live: Maud Le Pladec in Rehearsal
Friday, May 2, 2-5 pm
As part of the Chicago Dance Month program, museum visitors are invited to observe Maud Le Pladec and her dancers, accompanied by percussion quartet TaCTuS, as they rehearse Democracy.
MCA Talk: Democracy
Saturday, May 3, immediately following the performance
Yolanda Cesta Cursach, Associate Director of Performance Programs, leads a discussion with the artists and audience immediately following the performance.
The performance length is 55 minutes with no intermission and takes place Saturday, May 3, at 7:30 pm and Sunday, May 4, at 3 pm, in the Edlis Neeson Theater, 220 East Chicago Avenue. Tickets are $28 and a limited quantity of $10 student tickets is available. The MCA Box Office is at 312.397.4010or www.mcachicago.org. One free museum admission is granted with an MCA Stage ticket stub, valid up to seven days after the performance. Strobe lights and a prop gun are used during the performance. At the request of the artist, there is no late seating.