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MCA Studio
Manual Cinema, Mementos Mori

Tue, Aug 19, 2014


Lula del Ray
Photo: Jerry Shulman

The adventurous team of performers, composers, and visual artists perform a work-in-progress showing of their cinematic shadow puppet creation, an intimate account of three transformative stories that trace our changing relationship to death and dying. The work was commissioned by the MCA and premieres at MCA Stage in January 2015.

Mementos Mori depicts three interrelated stories of a five-year-old child, an ailing former television host, and a video game designer. Using overhead projectors, paper puppets, actors in silhouette, video, and a live chamber ensemble, the performance addresses how digital culture is changing our relationship to death and dying. Manual Cinema received commissioning support and a developmental residency at MCA Stage, and performs the world premiere at MCA Stage as part of the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival.


Manual Cinema: Mementos Mori is generously supported by Elizabeth A. Liebman.