October 5, 2017 – October 8, 2017
Inspired by the artist’s first trip to South Africa, when the nation was preparing for the 2010 World Cup, Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s /peh-LO-tah/ recounts personal stories of playing soccer mixed with social commentaries about the business of the sport — how soccer, the source of joy and physical freedom for so many, is also a means of corruption and inequality. Along with poetry and spoken word, live dancers perform a range of movement from hip-hop to modern and folkloric dances of South Africa and Brazil — host cities of the World Cup — fused with movements of footballers from around the world. The performance was developed with and directed by Michael John Garcés with choreography by Stacey Printz, and is accompanied by original music by Tommy Shepherd and vocal arrangements by Yaw Agyeman of the Black Monks of Mississippi, altogether creating a powerful meditation on how egalitarianism is played out in a sport known as “the beautiful game.” Presented by the MCA in association with the Chicago Humanities Festival.
The performances take place in the MCA’s Edlis Neeson Theater.
Thu-Sat 7:30 p.m.
Sun 2 p.m.