OpenEndedGroup with Tom Chiu and Jodi Melnick

OpenEndedGroup with Tom Chiu and Jodi Melnick

October 27, 2023 | 7:30PM
Logan Center Performance Hall

$40 | $32 UC Faculty & Staff | $20 under 35 | $10 Students

UChicago Students: request a free ticket (limit 25)

Three Premieres

Post-concert discussion with Professor David Levin, Assistant Professor Tina Post, Associate Professor Seth Brodsky, and the artists following the performance. 

OpenEndedGroup: BlackLetter
This incredible new work of live 3D cinema by pioneers in digital art, Marc Downie and Paul Kaiser, stages an encounter between past and present, projecting Martin Luther’s fiery words through the lens of contemporary AI imaging systems. Driven by the performance of violinist Tom Chiu, it casts Luther’s judgments of women onto one woman dancer, Jodi Melnick, as she shifts through space.

Tom Chiu: Z-Axis
Tom Chiu continues his ongoing explorations with extended techniques by experimenting with dimensionality and directionality of specific sound parameters.

Jodi Melnick: Agua Viva–The Sadness of Flowers
A lush dance duet by Jodi Melnick and Maya Lee-Parritz hinges on a fragile, often wild, conductive line, empowering the female body.

Blackletter is commissioned by UChicago Presents with the support of the Wilhelm von Humboldt Performance Fund. We are grateful for additional project support from the Division of Humanities; UChicago Arts; Logan Center for the Arts; Film Studies Center; Media Arts Data and Design Center; Parrhesia Program for Public Discourse; Cinema and Media Studies; Theater & Performance Studies, and Germanic Studies.