Middle Western (working title)

A new collaboration between Manual Cinema and TCP

Middle Western is designed as a concert with live visuals—with music composed and shadow puppetry/ live visuals created by Emmy award-winning multimedia company Manual Cinema, and performed by GRAMMY award-winning percussion quartet Third Coast Percussion (both Chicago based organizations).

The organizing structure of the piece is a collection of short stories —both narrative and non-narrative shorts of varying lengths, subject matters, and points of view—all related to the American Midwest, but with universal themes.

Migration and adaptation, at the center of so much of the Midwest’s history, will be major thematic motifs, represented by a range of stories, from glacial melt to the Great Migration to Great Lakes invasive species.

As North America warms in the coming century, the Midwest’s relatively temperate climate and access to the largest fresh water system on the planet make it a likely candidate for what could be the largest climate related mass migration the continent has ever seen.

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The Middle Western team is actively seeking co-commissioning support, workshopping partners, and presenters. We aim to premiere the piece in summer or fall 2021, and it will be ready to tour in the 21/22 season. All inquiries should be directed to:

Elsie Management
Laura Colby, Director
[email protected]
TEL: +1 718 797 4577


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