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1968 – The Whole World is Watching
Conceived and directed by Open Dance Project Artistic Director Annie Arnoult and collaboratively devised by Arnoult and ODP company members, 1968 takes us to Chicago as Yippies, student activists, conscientious objectors, would-be-presidents, poets, musicians, local police, and state troopers collide on the grounds of Grant Park and the streets of Michigan Avenue during the Democratic National Convention in August 1968. Breaking down conventional barriers between audience and stage, this immersive experience situates audience members directly in the center of the action, where they walk through and engage with the interdisciplinary, multimedia performance as it mines iconic photographs, news media, music, art, actions, and events of 1968 for a deeper understanding of our conflict-ridden, intensely mediated here and now. Original music by Paul Beebe captures the social upheaval and revolt of the era. Supported by accomplished artists Ryan McGettigan (set designer), Tiffany Schrepferman (lighting and projection designer), Ashley Horn (costume designer), Bryan Ealey (sound design), and Lauren Davis (Props master), the show benefits from their extensive local and national design experience specializing in interdisciplinary collaboration and innovative use of movement, space, and form.
Lead Commissioner: The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts.
Pay What You Can Performance – Saturday, May 13th at 9 pm