Our friends at Fusebox bring artists and audiences together to explore vital issues, ideas and new possibilities. Their ongoing investigation positions the arts at the center of local, national, and global conversations about contemporary life and culture. To that end, they've selected their top picks for the 2017-18 Essential Series that will be accompanied by thoughtful, engaging opportunities to explore topics inspired by each performance.
Tickets are currently available as part of a 3, 4, or 5+ show Essential Series subscription.
- Full Price Tickets: $40/per Essential Series Ticket
- 3-Show Subscription: $30/per Essential Series Ticket
- 4-Show Subscription: $27/per Essential Series Ticket
- 5-Show Subscription: $25/per Essential Series Ticket
Sep 29 | 8 pm
Sep 29 | 1 pm SECOND SHOW ADDED!
Kyle Abraham's Live! The Realest MC references our own humanity in this digital age, creating an abstracted and humorously dark narrative that places the iconic childhood character, Pinocchio, in an industrial dystopia. Inspired by Pinocchio’s plight to be a ‘real boy,’ Abraham’s ensemble dance work investigates gender roles in the black community and the quest for acceptance in the world of hip-hop celebrity.
Nov 8 | 8 pm
Bass Concert Hall
Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble teams up with composer Austin Wintory to present an original, interactive live performance of his Grammy-nominated score to the video game Journey. Never the same each time it is played, Journey is an interactive parable, an anonymous online adventure to experience a person’s life passage and their intersections with others. In this unprecedented collaboration, musicians respond to the actions of game players in real time on stage.
Feb 23 | 8 pm
Bass Concert Hall
The Philip Glass Ensemble, conducted by long time music director Michael Riesman, will deliver a live performance to accompany a screening of Godfrey Reggio’s 1982 “environmental masterpiece,” KOYAANISQATSI. An apocalyptic vision of the collision of urban life, technology, and the environment, KOYAANISQATSI LIVE! - Life out of Balance is an intense performance experience where Glass brings new life to this cinematic classic.