Special Events


Photo by James Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Nick Cave Dance Labs

July 13 to August 1, 2015

Rehearsals at MOCAD and final performances in Detroit.
Cranbrook Art Museum will partner with the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) to present three Dance Labs designed by Nick Cave. He will pair three local dance companies with three musicians to create their own choreographed works with his extraordinary sculptures. The rehearsals at MOCAD will be open to viewers, and the three public performances will be staged in locations throughout the city.

Public performance schedule:

Sunday, July 19, 4pm (Free Admission)
The Ruth Ellis Center
77 Victor St
Highland Park, MI 48203

Choreographer: Marcus White
Musician: DJ John Collins

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Sunday, July 26, 4pm (Free Admission)
The Dequindre Cut
A below-level path that runs parallel to St. Aubin Street, between Mack Avenue and Woodbridge Street just north of the riverfront in Detroit.

Choreographer: Biba Bell
Musician: Frank Pahl
Dequindre Cut
Download a Dequindre Cut map PDF

Friday, July 31, 6:30-7:30pm (Free Admission)
Campus Martius
800 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
-in conjunction with the Campus Martius beach party event from 5:30-8:30pm (Rain date: August 1, 6:30-7:30pm at Capital Park)

Choreographer: Hardcore Detroit
Musician: Odu Afrobeat Orchestra


4454 Woodward Ave,
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-6622

Nick Cave’s “Biggest, Baddest Performance Series!”
May-October 2015
Various Locations in Detroit

Nick Cave - Heard

Photo by James Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

This spring, summer, and fall, Cranbrook Art Museum and Detroit will serve as the backdrop for Nick Cave’s most ambitious project to date – Nick Cave: Here Hear. At the invitation of Cranbrook Art Museum, Cave will stage seven months of events throughout the city of Detroit anchored by his first solo exhibition in Michigan at Cranbrook Art Museum. Nick Cave is an artist and dancer, famous for his sculptures, called soundsuits, which he often stages in public spectacle.

Visit the Nick Cave: Hear Here website for event information.