Manual Cinema, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the Chicago International Puppetry Festival
Director, Elsie Management
Scripted by: Drew Dir, Sarah Fornace, Julia Miller, Kyle Vegter and Ben Kauffman; Director: Julia Miller; Art Director: Drew Dir; Composer and Sound Designer: Kyle Vegter; Costume Designer: Marisa Chilberg; Video Designer: Liviu Pasare
MANUAL CINEMA combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic motifs, and rich multi‐channel sound design/ live music to create immersive, wordless theatrical stories. Using overhead projectors, multiple screens, paper puppets, actors in silhouette, live feed cameras, and a live chamber music ensemble, Manual Cinema imbues the experience of attending the cinema with liveness, ingenuity, and theatricality.
In Manual Cinema's most technically ambitious show to date, multiple storylines interweave to create an epic cinematic mosaic. When Death takes an unexpected holiday, an elderly film projectionist finds a new lease on life; a ghost explores the afterlife with her iPhone; and a seven‐year‐old girl discovers her own mortality. Taking influence from such films as Magnolia (1999, Paul Thomas Anderson), La Grand Bellezza (2013, Paollo Sorrentino), and La Double Vie de Véronique (1991, Krzysztof Kieslowski), Mementos Mori is a lively, beguiling meditation on death and dying in the 21st century.
75‐85 minutes (no intermission)
6 Puppeteers/ Actors, 3 Musicians, 1 Live Sound Effects, 1 Live Video Effects
January 15‐18, 2015
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
Range from USD $13.5K+ housing and transportation costs for a single day of performances to USD $22.5K+ housing and transportation costs for a week engagement. (2 performances are possible each day, 8 hr. load‐in)
Global touring engagements and commissioning partners for future works.