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Seen, Unseen: A Preview of "What Remains" at the MCA Warehouse | Newcity Stage
This week, the MCA takes its performance series off-site to its warehouse space in Chicago's West Town neighborhood. The occasion? "What Remains," a collaboration between Bessie award-winning choreographer Will Rawls and highly acclaimed poet and MacArthur fellow Claudia Rankine, curated by the MCA's Tara Aisha Willis. The sixty-minute multidisciplinary performance, which was previously presented at St. Marks Church and Bard College in New York, addresses issues of race, opposition, hostility, identity and disappearance, bringing into question what it means to be simultaneously surveyed and ignored as a black person in society. Willis not only curated the event but also performs in the work alongside Leslie Cuyjet, Jessica Pretty and sound designer Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, all of whom were integral to the making of the work. Together, they meld text selected from Rankine's eminent poetry with dance, music and physical imagery to create a surreal environment. They explore themselves,