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  • No Nation 1542 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL, 60622 United States (map)

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Chicago's own Mocrep is teaming up with two New York-based duos, On Structure (Natacha Diels and Jessie Marino) and Radical 2 (Levy Lorenzo and Dennis Sullivan) to present a show of new works at No Nation Art Gallery and Tangential Un-space. Games/diversions/dances by Parlour Tapes+

Mocrep: new work by Bethany Younge//Zach Moore//Christopher Wood//Owen Davis

Radical 2: duo for mixed percussion, speaking, tape playback, and strobe lights//duo for hacked joysticks and 2 laptops//Simulcast by Rick Burkhardt.

On Structure: new work by Jessie Marino and Natacha Diels

Mocrep is a Chicago-based ensemble dedicated to the performance of radical, 21st century music that engages with contemporary culture - aesthetically, socially, and politically. We specialize in works that not only synthesize music, theater, and performance art, but also productively embrace the differences between these mediums. In this way, we hope to expose and explore new possibilities in performance today.

Comprised of eleven performers, all highly trained in western classical music, the group’s practice reflects upon the idea of music as a medium, the meaning of performance as a social relationship, and the potential of art as a catalyst for change. Mocrep constantly pushes to address political, social, and cultural questions through performance, and aims to create spaces for audiences to do the same. Collaboration is a central part of this practice, both between composers and performers and across artistic disciplines.

Radical 2 (Levy Lorenzo // Dennis Sullivan) is a performance duo based in Brooklyn, NY. Grounded in the tradition of contemporary classical percussion, Radical 2 extends this performance practice by exploring compositions that use theatrical vocal techniques and prototype electronics. By integrating the human voice via extended techniques and oddly contextualized speech, Radical 2 is actively blurring the lines between their vocal chords and percussion instruments. While also making use of physical theater, their performances range from whimsical and witty, to somber and nebulous, to farcical and just plain absurd. With electronics, Radical 2 uses newly designed instruments that allow the use of live electronics into their performances which provide strong engagement between the audience and the electronic sound worlds. Radical 2 extends the role of classical percussionists into actors and electronic musicians, yet still relying on the percussionist’s sense of extended techniques and new music performance practice.

ON STRUCTURE is Natacha Diels and Jessie Marino making sounds, sights, movements, objects, and tasty bits of ephemera, together.