Director Andrew Eggert and conductor Alexander Platt of Chicago Opera Theater (COT) discuss their investigation of Carmen’s deconstructionist unraveling by Peter Brook and the 21st century realization of this piece in COT’s new production of La Tragédie de Carmen.

Presented in partnership with Chicago Opera Theater and Instituto Cervantes of Chicago.

The Baroque Is Now: Brian Dickie and Claudio Valdés Kuri in Conversation

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Dickie and Valdes Kuri

Brian Dickie, General Director of Chicago Opera Theater, and Claudio Valdés Kuri, Artistic Director of Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes.

Recorded Saturday, March 21, 2009, 2 pm

Claudio Valdés Kuri and Brian Dickie discuss the enduring allure of the Baroque and how it influences experimental theater and opera today. This conversation draws from the directors’ reinterpretation of overlooked works for insight into contemporary intersections between opera and theater.

Growing Up: Buckminster Fuller: Allegra Fuller Snyder reflects on her father’s formative years

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From left to right: Buckminster Fuller, his daughter Allegra Fuller Snyder, and his wife Anne Fuller. July, 1928.

Recorded Saturday, March 14, 2009, 2 pm.

K. Michael Hays and Dana Miller, co-curators of the exhibition Buckminster: Starting with the Universe, provide an introductory discussion of Fuller’s significance for today’s world. Allegra Fuller Snyder reflects on her father’s formative years and his enduring legacy as a visionary and teacher.

New America: Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Jeff Chang in conversation

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Jeff Chang, renowned author, and Marc Bamuthi Joseph, leading poet and performer.

Recorded Saturday, February 28, 2009, 2 pm.

Performance artist and poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph and writer Jeff Chang discuss the power of hip-hop to reshape the American and global cultural landscape at a critical moment in US politics. Stephanie Shonekan, Black World Studies Director at Columbia College, facilitates this dialogue. Presented in conjunction with a performance of Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s work on the MCA’s stage.

People Who Shape Our World: Sarah Sze

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Sarah Sze

Recorded January 27, 2009, 6 pm.

Installation artist Sarah Sze discusses her influences, ideas, and works. Among other works, Sze talks about her first project at the MCA in 1998/99 and a work in the MCA’s collection Proprtioned to the Groove from 2005.