Taking place over three Tuesday evenings (starting 3/24), Notes on Empty Chairs is a series of three interactive performances by Chicago-based artist Kirsten Leenaars that explore themes of empathy, loss, and remembrance in response to the exhibition Doris Salcedo. The performances are cumulative and collaboratively developed with local community groups. Audience members are challenged to become active spectators and partake in the theatrical events.
This first performance, Notes on Empty Chairs (part 1), explores the notion of (an empathetic) silence, both as a complicit space as well as a space for remembrance and listening. Rather than posing speech, or one’s voice against silence, silence is proposed as a way not to grasp but to reach emotively for other forms of connecting to what often remains invisible or unspeakable. The performance incorporates spoken text, sound, and a simple choreography or movement as performers and audience travel through the museum.
MCA, Tuesday March 24, 2015, 6-7 pm
Admission free on Tuesdays.