220 E. Chicago
Chicago, IL 60611
This performance takes place at Cloud Gate in Millennium Park.
Mon, Feb 11, 2019, 4:30 pm
Tue, Feb 12, 2019, 4:30 pm
Wed, Feb 13, 2019, 4:30 pm
STATE and Diorama are designed to be experienced within seven days. The combination of these works aims for a new choreography as social experience—one that builds desire for new structures and in turn shapes social life.
ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE
Diorama moves ritual outdoors and is timed to follow the Chicago winter sunset and the city’s shimmering skyscape from the perspective of Millennium Park. Marhaug’s live mix features vocals by art-pop and gothic metal artist Jenny Hval. To reframe the urban panorama, Fiksdal’s performers—in sequined costumes by Fredrik Floen—incorporate and absorb the reflective power of Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate.
Diorama is meant to provoke particular views of natural and urban landscapes across different cities and contexts. The word diorama often refers to a three-dimensional model of a landscape, such as those displayed in museums of natural history. Another use of the word is for the French diorama theater invented by Louis Daguerre in 1822, for which the audience watched large landscape paintings transform through skillfully manipulated light, sound effects, and live performers.
The Chicago version is Diorama’s North American premiere and incorporates MFA students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, who perform alongside Fiskdal’s dancers. The first performance, in 2017, took place by the sea in the fishing village Brixham in Torbay, England, where trails through hidden coves and historic preserves inspired the ideas of writer and filmmaker Philip Hoare.
Image: Ingri Fiksdal, Diorama for Huk. Photo: Istvan Virag.