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Friday, October 13, 2017

In Context: Mementos Mori

Combining analog craftsmanship and digital dexterity, the Chicago-based performance collective Manual Cinema engineers a live movie before the audience’s eyes in Mementos Mori, a meditation on death and ephemerality. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of related articles and videos. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media using #BAMNextWave.

Program Notes

Mementos Mori (PDF)


Manual Cinema’s Julia Miller Discusses The Company’s Strange, Meticulous Theatre of Creating Films in Real Time (Flavorwire)
Co-artistic director Julia Miller explains the company’s production process and how their live cinema evolved into a spectacle of its own.

Memento Mori (Museum of Art and Archaeology)
A bit of background on the show’s medieval Latin title (a phrase roughly translated to “Remember you will die”), shared along with selected gallery images that illustrate the concept.

Manual Cinema’s remarkable sleight-of-hand goes far beyond puppetry (Chicago Sun-Times)
Theater and Dance Critic Hedy Weiss reviews Mementos Mori, praising how the show “completely draws you into its multifaceted storytelling and distinctive characters.”

Watch & Listen

Manual Cinema: Mementos Mori (YouTube)
During a residency at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Manual Cinema members speak about the medium they work in—including its challenges and learning opportunities.

Behind the Scenes with Manual Cinema (YouTube)
The Chicago Tribune peeks inside a rehearsal with the performing company, sharing elements involved in its trademark storytelling.

Invisibilia (Manual Cinema)
Manual Cinema visits the NPR studios to animate an Invisibilia podcast that explains the concept of non-complementary behavior.

Now your turn...

How did you enjoy the show? Likes? Dislikes? Surprises? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #BAMNextWave.


  1. Wow!! Amazing fantastic incredible. Thank you. Feel very lucky to have seen this show. One if the most interesting, unique and well executed performances I have seen. Everything was so well thought out. Music was great, story was great, art direction amazing, actors very talented. Fun fun so cool. Wow. Want to tell a million people - heard there is wait list only

  2. Words can't really describe this wonderful experience, it was truly a unique, unforgettable show. The work that was put into this production was incredible, I have to give the people involved in this a lot of credit. The story was quite poignant and engaging as well, it really touched my spirit. I hope that Manual Cinema continues with more of these productions, thank you!


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