Theaster Gates is Chicago. In a city full of artists of a variety of different artistic practices, Gates rises above the rest to create multidisciplinary works that speak to the spirit, anxieties, and troubles of Chicago itself.
A recent performance explored the understanding that our bodies store all kinds of knowledge and information, whether it’s an old knee injury that flares up in the rain or the healing touch of a loved one.
Notwithstanding the 20th Century development of "theater in the round"--which often is in the square or oval--Western culture abandoned the circle as a primary theatrical shape some 2200 years ago, when the rising Roman civilization co-opted the waning Greeks.
The Choke. A person shines in practice, gets called in to deliver during that pivotal moment in the big game...and they can’t. They choke.Who knows why, maybe it’s the bright lights? The pressure, or the trash talking?