MCA Live:
BOOMERANG, For the toward

  • MCA Plaza
    Outer West Side of the MCA
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611


PLEASE NOTE: This event was originally scheduled on April 1.

Featured image

Photograph of two nude headless male torsos seen from behind against a black background. Round metal discs rest on their shoulder in place of heads.
  1. Long Two figures expose their backs to the viewer. Their heads are completely obscured from view by round metallic weights, almost as if they have been decapitated. The figure on the right has pale skin with traces of hair around the neck. The image leaves a taste of loneliness.
Boomerang, For the toward, 2014
Photo: Kora Radella


On select Saturdays during Merce Cunningham: Common Time, local dance companies engage with Merce’s conviction of “common time” to activate the driving themes and concepts behind the exhibition. These collaborative and cross-disciplinary performances demonstrate overlapping relationships between movement, music, fashion, architecture, social media, set, and lighting design.

In an outdoor performance of For the toward by BOOMERANG, vibrant and athletic performers Matty Davis and Will Arbery interact with steel objects, building nails, and poetic texts all while balancing on, pitching, and catching sculptures that weigh between 15 and 35 pounds. Expect nontraditional choreography and formidable displays of strength punctuated by startlingly tender moments of intimacy. The 25-minute performance will cycle five times on the hour starting at noon with the final performance at 4 pm.