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Hugo Glendinning

The British Council supported a multi-part program featuring influential British artist Tim Etchells' Forced Entertainment at MCA Chicago and CAP UCLA.

When: February 18-27, 2016 and December 6-11, 2016

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the Center for the Art of Performance (CAP) at UCLA

Tim Etchells is an artist and a writer based in Sheffield, England. His work ranges from performance to video, photography, text projects, installation and fiction. He is the leader of the world-renowned performance group Forced Entertainment and an independent visual artist and writer of fiction. He has worked in collaboration with visual artists, choreographers, and photographers, including Meg Stuart, Boris Charmatz, Asta Groting, Wendy Houstoun, Elmgreen & Dragset, Philipp Gehmacher, Hugo Glendinning, Vlatka Horvat and many others.

In recent years, Etchells has exhibited widely in the context of visual arts, with solo shows at Gasworks and Sketch (London), Künstlerhaus Bremen, Gallery Jakopic, and Ljubljana and Bunkier Sztuki (Krakow), as well as in many international biennials. He has published a novel The Broken World (Heinemann), an acclaimed monograph on contemporary performance and Forced EntertainmentCertain Fragments (Routledge), Vacuum Days (Storythings), and While You Are With Us Here Tonight (LADA). 

More information on Tim and Forced Entertainment in his own words and images can be found here.

February 2016 Performances

February 18-19

The Notebook, 7:30 pm

In this performance, two actors play twin brothers struggling with morality in WWII Central Europe. Based off of a novel by Agota Kristof. Running time: 2 hours. May contain mature content; recommended for ages 16+.

February 20

Speak Bitterness, 4:00 pm

This classic Forced Entertainment piece was first performed in 1994 and shows a group of penitents confessing every single crime from the mundane to the violent. Running time: 6 hours (attendees may leave and return).

February 25-27

(In) Complete Works: TableTop Shakespeare, 7:30 pm

Forced Entertainment created condensed, hour-long versions of every Shakespeare play ever written. In their imaginative reinvention of contemporary Shakespeare, Forced Entertainment retold these classic stories using a collection of everyday unextraordinary objects like salt shakers and lighter fluid reimagining them as the vivid characters in Shakespeare's plays. All of the performances took place on the one meter stage of a table top.

December 2016 Performances

From December 6-11, 2016, Forced Entertainment presented 'Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare' at CAP UCLA. In Complete Works, Forced Entertainment creates condensed, hour-long versions of every Shakespeare play ever written. In their imaginative reinvention of contemporary Shakespeare, Forced Entertainment retells these classic stories using a collection of everyday unextraordinary objects like salt shakers and lighter fluid reimagining them as the vivid characters in Shakespeare's plays. All of the performances take place on the one meter stage of a table top and audience members view the performances on the Royce Hall stage creating an intimate viewing experience.

December 6

5:00pm - The Merchant of Venice + Richard II

8:00pm - Pericles + A Midsummer Night's Dream

December 7

5:00pm - Love's Labour's Lost + Henry IV (part 1)

8:00pm - Cymbeline + Macbeth

December 8

5:00pm - Titus Andronicus + Henry IV (part 2)

8:00pm - The Merry Wives of Windsor + Othello

December 9

5:00pm - Much Ado About Nothing + Henry V

8:00pm - The Winter's Tale + King Lear

December 10

11:00am - Romeo and Juliet + Henry VI (part 1) + All's Well That Ends Well

3:00pm - Timon of Athens + Twelfth Night + Antony and Cleopatra

7:00pm - Henry VI (part 2) + Two Gentlemen of Verona + Julius Caesar + Hamlet

December 11

11:00am - Coriolanus + Henry VI (part 3) + The Taming of the Shrew

3:00pm - King John + As You Like It + Troilus and Cressida

7:00pm - Richard III + The Comedy of Errors + Measure for Measure + The Tempest

 

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