In Context: Mementos Mori

Combining analog craftsmanship along with digital dexterity, the Chicago-based performance collective Manual Cinema engineers a live movie before the audience’s eyes in Mementos Mori, a meditation on death along with ephemerality. Context will be everything, so get even closer to the production with This specific curated selection of related articles along with videos. After you’ve attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting inside comments below along with on social media using #BAMNextWave.

Program Notes

Mementos Mori (PDF)



Manual Cinema’s Julia Miller Discusses The Company’s Strange, Meticulous Theatre of Creating Films in Real Time (Flavorwire)
Co-artistic director Julia Miller explains the company’s production process along with how their live cinema evolved into a spectacle of its own.

Memento Mori (Museum of Art along with Archaeology)
A bit of background on the show’s medieval Latin title (a phrase roughly translated to “Remember you will die”), shared along with selected gallery images which illustrate the concept.

Manual Cinema’s remarkable sleight-of-hand goes far beyond puppetry (Chicago Sun-Times)
Theater along with Dance Critic Hedy Weiss reviews Mementos Mori, praising how the show “completely draws you into its multifaceted storytelling along with distinctive characters.”

Watch & Listen

Manual Cinema: Mementos Mori (YouTube)
During a residency at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Manual Cinema members speak about the medium they work in—including its challenges along with learning opportunities.

Behind the Scenes with Manual Cinema (YouTube)
The Chicago Tribune peeks inside a rehearsal with the performing company, sharing elements involved in its trademark storytelling.

Invisibilia (Manual Cinema)
Manual Cinema visits the NPR studios to animate an Invisibilia podcast which explains the concept of non-complementary behavior.

currently your turn…

How did you enjoy the show? Likes? Dislikes? Surprises? Tell us what’s on your mind inside comments below along with on social media using #BAMNextWave.

In Context: Mementos Mori

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