MCA Live:
CabinFever, Respire

Free With Admission
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

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There are two women in a stairwell performing: one on the upper landing plays a cello and looks at the camera while the other woman appears on a lower level, lifting an arm and leg up as if dancing.
CabinFever, Lillian, 2016. Dancer Emily Craver and musician Lia Kohl at Florsheim Mansion performance, Chicago
Photo: Joy Jacobs


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.

Research-based and architecture-engaged company CabinFever is comprised of half musicians, half dancers. Their process involves extended inquiry into the history of a building and its inhabitants to craft a work performed in that building. Respire is a site-specific collaboration between CabinFever and electronic music improviser Stephan Moore, with inspiration taken from the MCA's architecture—designed by Josef Paul Kleihues. Each cycle of the performance consists of hourlong installations beginning at noon, 1, 2, and 3 pm. A 20-minute Q&A follows the final cycle (4-4:20 pm).