The Renegade Theatre Festival is in its 12th year, and this time the party is being spread throughout the whole city of Lansing.!From August 17-19th, Old Town, Downtown Lansing, East-sideLansing, East Lansing, and Reo Town will be jam packed with theatrical performances of comedy and drama, spoken word, musical performances, and more; delivered by local professional, community, and college theatre groups, and independent artists.
MICA Gallery will host three events during the weekend. Performances of Boise, Idaho at 7pm and Power at 9pm on Thursday-Saturday. Originally scripted by Sean Michael Welch, the comedy Boise, Idaho follows a narrator chronicling a love story in Paris, France before they expose his existence. Power is a play by the winner of Renegade N.O.W. contest winner Kate Danley. The USA today best-selling author’s dynamic piece features audience members being thrust into the play after fishing for their relationship status from a hat. These two exciting performances are sure to engage seasoned and casual performance arts fans alike and MICA Gallery is the best place to view them.
On Saturday, from 9:30am-6:30pm, a teen focused workshop led professional actor and educator Rico Bruce Wade will take place in which he will challenge teens who sign up to create and perform their own one act play in a single day! The workshop is free and open to Highschool students and the performance starts at 5pm, so if you’re a teen or know a teen, make sure to either come out or sign them up!
Whether you’re a theatre aficionado, new to the world of performance arts or are looking for something to get into for the weekend in Lansing, stop MICA Gallery to view these performances. Free admission to all! Feel free to check out more events in the city and find a Renegade Theatre Festival performance near you. See the full schedule below, and view event information the official 2017 Renegade Theatre Festival website.
One New Day is a solo exhibit by artist Megan Hildebrandt, it was curated by MICA’s Director, Katrina M. Daniels. This ehibit was on view from January 15 to February 28, 2016.
Megan Hildebrandt studied and received her BFA at the renowned University of Michigan and continued her life’s journey to the University of South Florida, where she obtained her MFA. During this time Hildebrandt’s arresting works of art have appeared from coast to coast in both solo and group exhibitions with pieces residing in both public and private collections. From New York City to Austin, Texas her work can be found in featured spaces ranging from the Museum of Contemporary Craft to the John Hopkins Medical Center. Her repertoire also includes performance pieces that have been showcased at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Hildebrandt’s work has also been exhibited internationally in Canada and Panama. When she is not traversing the globe with her art exhibitions she is a professor at the acclaimed Interlochen School in Northern Michigan.
One New Day showcases existing and new work from the artist and includes a site specific installation which the show is named after. The constants in this show are the material (the entire show is made of paper) and the aspect of repetition that the artist uses to an almost obsessive level to explore a variety of themes. This show is also autobiographical, Hildebrandt uses her visual work to explore her geographical relocations, her marriage, motherhood and her life as a cancer survivor.
‘How Many Days Until Something Is A Habit’ is a series of work that Hildebrandt began when she was pregnant. At this time the artist began to explore what she was giving up during pregnancy and what habits she was developing for this new child. This work symbolizes the human form and the holes represent what the artist gave to her new child. These pieces are acrylic paint on cold-press paper that has been cut with an x-acto knife. In it’s finished form the work is 2-D however the artist manipulates the work when it is hung so that the end result is a site-specific 3-D sculpture.
Another series of work that we have drawn from for this show is ‘Waiting Room’. This series was created during the artists diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Chemotherapy was used as a treatment and as a result the artist lost all of her hair and became bald. ‘Rub’, ink on bristol, explores the moments when people (often strangers) would touch the artists’ bald head without her consent. Notice the disembodied hands that enter the space. Hildebrandt reflected on a similar experience when she was pregnant and people would touch her stomach without her consent.
DANCE Lansing: The Community Dance Project is a collective of dancers and choreographers that bring Contemporary movement into nontraditional spaces. This group performs monthly at MICA Gallery. For the February performances the choreographers and dancers reflected upon Hildebrandt’s work to explore the themes of Health and Healing. Throughout the ages, cultures have relied on dance to convey emotion, tell stories, communicate and to treat illness. The power of dance to communicate, express, and restore, underlies the ability of dance therapy to heal to this day.
Modern dance therapy, also called dance/movement therapy, finds its origins with modern dance pioneers like Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham and Doris Humphrey. They transformed dance from stylized forms like ballet into a self-expressive, spontaneous form, where individuality was encouraged. The image below showcases a moment from a performance that was inspired by Hildebrandt’s work ‘Rub’, the dancers used movement to express touch, pain, and repetition.
MICA’s Director, Katrina M. Daniels, uses innovative programming to foster an understanding of the visual exhibits and to create a connection between the artist, the work and the community.
The Art of Gifting is a multi-media exhibit that celebrates contemporary craft and fine art created by artists and makers, many from the Greater Lansing Community. This exhibit was curated by MICA Director Katrina M. Daniels, this is on display from Nov. 6 – Dec. 23, 2015.
During the Holidays many of us shop and purchase gifts for our community. The Art of Gifting exhibit creates opportunities for the community to purchase beautiful, locally sourced and handmade, art.
The goal of this exhibit is also to showcase the artists and makers that are behind the objects and tell the story about the amount of talent and time that it takes to create these objects whether it is a Holiday card or an oil painting. The work that is showcased during this exhibit are made by people living and working in our community, not mass produced by machines and then shipped here from abroad. To help emphasize this point, artist and printmaker Kimberly Lavon created hand made block print cards at the opening reception. By having the artist present and creating work in front of the audience it emphasized the talent and skill that is necessary for creating a piece of work. While Lavon worked during the event guests had the opportunity to speak with her directly, ask questions or simply enjoy watching the process.
Programming is an important part of MICA, it allows us to connect with our audience in a variety of ways while exploring the concept of the exhibit more thoroughly. Director Katrina Daniels developed the event the Art of Cookie Decorating to allow the audience an opportunity to explore the culinary arts while trying their hand at cookie decorating. Professional pastry chefs were brought in from the gourmet bakery at Dusty’s Cellar to teach the audience how to decorate cookies with pastry bags, tips, royal icing, etc. This event also served as a fundraiser to allow our organization to continue to produce free programming for the community.
An annual tradition started in 2014 is to bring the Nutcracker Ballet to the MICA Gallery in early December. The Greater Lansing Ballet Company performed an abbreviated version of the classic ballet entitled the Nutcracker in a Nutshell. The Ballet Company selected portions of the ballet to perform at MICA Gallery and the Director explained the story behind the movement to the audience.
This family friendly performance is free to the public and it creates access to a classic ballet that may otherwise be cost prohibitive to an individual or family. After the performance the audience was invited to ask questions and interact with the dancers and choreographers.