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

Choreographer: Hardcore Detroit
Musician: Odu Afrobeat Orchestra

Dance Lab rehearsals will take place at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (4454 Woodward, Detroit) and are open to viewing by the public. Below is a tentative rehearsal schedule, but is subject to change. Please contact the MOCAD front desk for schedule information at 313.832.6622.

Marcus White:
Thursday, July 16: 9am-1pm
Friday, July 17: 10am-6pm

Biba Bell:
Tuesday, July 21: 1-5pm
Wednesday, July 22: 1-5pm
Thursday, July 23: 1-5pm

Hardcore Detroit:
Monday, July 27: 6-8pm
Wednesday, July 29: 6-8pm
Thursday, July 30: 6-8pm


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.