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MICA Unveils BBOX '09 Schedule

Gateway Performance Space's Diverse Spring Roster Includes Music Theater, Cabaret, Aerial Theater, Poe-Inspired Works

Posted 12.19.08 by MICA Media Relations

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BALTIMORE--This spring Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) BBOX performance space, located in the College’s new Gateway building, 1601 Mount Royal Ave., will be the site of interdisciplinary, experimental, and multimedia works created and performed by MICA students, faculty, and staff as well as members of the greater Baltimore arts community.

BBOX, named in honor of Baltimore-based designers Betty Cooke ’46 and Bill Steinmetz ’50, is 58 feet by 58 feet in size, with flexible, movable seats and risers to accommodate a wide range of performance configurations. Its technical equipment includes a HD LCD projector and retractable screen; multi-channel digital sound system and 96-dimmer lighting system with computerized light board; and a tension wire grid 19 feet above the performance space to accommodate customized lights, cameras, and other equipment.

Laure Drogoul ’81 brings to MICA her signature performance, music, dance, film, and video series, the 14Karat Cabaret on Feb. 13. A Baltimore cultural institution since 1989, the cabaret will move from its longtime home on Saratoga Street to the BBOX during the retrospective, Follies, Predicaments, and Other Conundrums: The Works of Laure Drogoul (Jan. 30–March 15).

As part of Baltimore’s Nevermore 2009 celebration, Baltimore native and Obie Award-winning playwright and director David Drake, who now lives and works in New York, has conceived and will direct The Fall of the House of Usher (Feb. 20-21). This short, one-act, experimental performance piece inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s masterpiece will be performed by MICA students from across disciplines and features lighting design by MICA staff member Kel Millionie--performance space technician for BBOX--and artwork and sets by illustration students from one of faculty member Jose Villarrubia’s classes.

Daydreams & Nightmares, a Baltimore-based aerial theater company, performs Look Up in BBOX March 6-8. Aerialists will soar overhead in this 75-minute piece about what might have happened after Icarus plunged into the ocean to his death. The show has a soundtrack of high-energy music combined with an ethereal ocean soundscape. It is part dance, part theater, part opera, and part otherworldy experience. Company members include MICA staff member Kel Millionie.

MICA students, faculty, and staff are in rehearsal for Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, which they will bring to BBOX audiences April 14-19. The performances of the musical that celebrates the heyday of the 1960s hippie movement—“Age of Aquarius”—coincide with the Broadway revival of the iconic show, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2008.

Other events planned for the spring season of BBOX include lectures by film critic Bernard Génin (Feb. 3) and internationally renowned artist Kathy Butterly (March 5).

The student-curated Coffeehouse series (Jan. 25 and Feb. 15) and Raw Art Sale (Feb. 15-16) are MICA traditions that have found a new home in BBOX. Members of MICA Playwrights will perform original works (March 27-28) and Showcase Live! (April 4) features the dramatic, comedic, dance, and musical talents of MICA students as well as students from neighboring colleges.

For more information, call 410-225-2300.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 48 states and 61 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. Redefining art and design education, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.


BBOX CALENDAR

Coffeehouse; Sunday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Feb. 15, 8 p.m.; free. MICA community members demonstrate their talents.

Bernard Génin: An Evening With Emile Cohl, the Father of Animation; Tuesday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m.; free. French film critic Bernard Génin will screen a U.S. premiere compilation of Emile Cohl’s surviving animation work and discuss his life in Paris during the early age of cinema.

14Karat Cabaret; Friday, Feb. 13, 9-11:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.mica.edu/drogoul. This ongoing series in an informal nightclub setting moves to BBOX as part of the Laure Drogoul ’81 retrospective, Follies, Predicaments, and Other Conundrums: The Works of Laure Drogoul.

Raw Art Sale; Sunday, Feb. 15-Monday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; free. Purchase prints, photographs, drawings, paintings, small sculptures, and other “raw” (unframed and unmatted) artwork made by MICA students.

The Fall of the House of Usher; Friday-Saturday, Feb. 20-21, 8 p.m.; free. This one-act, experimental performance piece is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s masterpiece and features artwork and sets by MICA illustration students.

Kathy Butterly: Harmonious-Parasitic-Invaders; Thursday, March 5, 7 p.m.; free. The artist will discuss the techniques and inspiration behind her small-scale, sculptural vessels that are imbued with a kind of “deranged elegance.”

Look Up; Friday, March 6, 8 p.m., Saturday, March 7, 8 p.m., Sunday, March 8, 3 p.m.; general admission, $15. Daydreams & Nightmares performs a retelling of the story of the Fall of Icarus.

MICA Playwrights performances, Friday-Saturday, March 27-28, 7 p.m.; general admission, $5. New works by student playwrights.

Showcase Live!, Saturday, April 4, 8 p.m. MICA students and students from neighboring colleges perform.

Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical; Tuesday, April 14-Thursday, April 16, 8 p.m.; Friday, April 17, 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 18, midnight; and Sunday, April 19, 2 p.m. Tickets: April 14, $5 for everyone; all other shows, $10 for students with ID and $15 for everyone else. For reservations and ticket information, call Judy Lidie at 410-225-2350 or e-mail: jlidie@mica.edu.