Press Release


Highlights include DJ Spooky, Bill T. Jones, William Yang, John Zorn, Roxbury Film Festival and More

(BOSTON - Nov. 8, 2007) The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) presents a full schedule of performing arts programming, including cutting-edge music, dance, film, theater, talks family activities, and more. Tickets for all programs that require them are available to members at Associate level and above now. Any remaining tickets will be available to the general public on Nov 21. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling (617) 478-3103. For information about membership, visit the web site or call (617) 478-3102. Additional ICA programming presented by CRASHarts will be announced in early December.



Saturday, Jan. 26, 8 pm
DJ Spooky - Subliminal Strings

Blurring the lines between hip-hop, electronic and classical music, DJ Spooky, that Subliminal Kid, will “live sample” a string trio while building bridges between digital culture and the traditions of composers as diverse as Bach, Gotan Project, and Radiohead. DJ Spooky, aka Paul Miller, is a conceptual artist, writer, and musician. His written work has appeared in such publications as Village Voice, Artforum, and Raygun. He has worked with such composers as Pierre Boulez, Steve Reich and Iannis Xenakis, as well as performers including Yoko Ono and Sonic Youth. His artwork was included in the 2007 Venice Biennale in the African Pavilion.
Tickets: $20 general admission; $15 members, students, and seniors


Wednesday & Thursday Feb. 13 & 14, 7 pm and Friday & Saturday, Feb. 15 & 16, 8 pm
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Chapel/Chapter – Boston Premiere!

The ICA proudly presents the Boston premiere of the 2007 Bessie-award winning Chapel/Chapter by one of the most powerful forces in contemporary dance. The work explores the uneasy distance created by the disturbing, sometimes incomprehensible news items of our media-saturated era. Chapel/Chapter creates an intimate experience between the audience and the Company as it retells three stories: two high visibility news items and one reminiscence/confession offered by a company member. The original musical score by Haitian-American composer Daniel Bernard Roumain combines and juxtaposes madrigals, folk songs, and plainsong chant. Together with video and dramatic set design, the evening-length work creates a self-enclosed world and a language made up of song, music, and words in dialogue
with a rigorous, joyful movement vocabulary.
Tickets: $50 reserved seating; $40 members, students, and seniors.


Friday, March 21, 7:30 pm and Saturday, March 22, 8 pm
William Yang - Shadows - Boston Premiere!

Taking the deceptively simple format of a slide show, Yang spins an engrossing web of stories, from the personal to the political, spanning two continents in an emotionally searing performance. Understated, peppered with wry humor, and visually striking, Shadows is a textured pilgrimage of global proportions and features original vocal and instrumental music by Colin Offord. Yang, third generation Chinese-Australian, has a history both in theater and photography. In 1989, Yang began performing monologues with slide projection, a form of performance theater that has since become his favorite way of showing his work. Yang has toured extensively in Australia, Europe, Asia and North America, and he has presented more than 20 exhibitions of photography worldwide.
Tickets $28 reserved seating; $25 members, students, and seniors. Co-presented with CRASHarts, a division of World Music.

New Music Now
Over the past decade, the ICA, in partnership with the Boston Creative Music Alliance, has presented some of the most forward-looking music evolving from the jazz world. This new series follows in these substantial footsteps. Organized in collaboration with composers Ned Rothenberg and Marty Ehrlich, New Music Now presents some of the world’s best and most adventurous musicians and composers.

Thursday, April 17, 7 pm
John Zorn

New Music Now kicks off with MacArthur Award-winning composer John Zorn in a two-part concert featuring performances from his Masada series, starting with The Masada String Trio, where he will be joined by Mark Feldman (violin), Erik Friedlander (cello), and Greg Cohen (bass). The evening concludes with Masada Book of Angels, a world premiere duet with pianist Uri Caine.
Tickets: $25 general admission; $20 members, students, and seniors

Friday, April 18, 8 pm
Ned Rothenberg and Marty Ehrlich

The co-curators of New Music Now present an evening of their own work. Ned Rothenberg begins with Inner Diaspora, a project described as “an interlude of deep placidity and concentration” by The New York Times. For this performance, Rothenberg (on clarinet, bass clarinet, alto sax, and shakuhachi) is joined by his trio Sync, featuring Jerome Harris (acoustic bass guitar and acoustic guitar), Samir Chatterjee (tabla), and the string virtuosi Mark Feldman (violin) and Erik Friedlander (cello). Marty Ehrlich, declared “among the most consistently inventive composers and bandleaders in modern jazz” by Time Out New York, follows with his sextet playing selections from his new CD, News from the Rail. Joining Ehrlich (on reeds) are James Zollar (trumpet), Howard Johnson (baritone sax and tuba), Brad Jones (bass), James Weidman (piano), and Matt Wilson (drums).
Tickets: $25 general admission; $20 members, students, and seniors.

(Special Offer! Take in both New Music Now concerts for $40 general admission; $30 members, students, and seniors.)


Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17, 8 pm
Rachid Ouramdane – Distant… – Boston Premiere!

Ouramdane, a French choreographer of Algerian descent, took a journey to Vietnam and Cambodia, where his father had fought in the 1950s as an Algerian conscript in the French army. The journey inspired Distant…, a work that explores the idea of being a foreigner—as a colonialist, as the colonized, and as an immigrant. His use of masks, images, sounds, and movement electrify his solo performances with an effect that “is surprisingly complex." - The New York Times.
Tickets: $25 reserved seating; $20 members, students, and seniors. (Funded in part by FUSED: French U.S. Exchange in Dance, a program of the National Dance Project/New England Foundation for the Arts and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, in collaboration with FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), with lead funding from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Florence Gould Foundation, and Mr. George Desipio.)


Friday, January 25, 8 pm - 12 midnight
Experiment featuring DJ Spooky

A winning mix of art, music, food and drink just got even better, as DJ Spooky spins for another version of the ICA’s wildly popular Experiment. Take time to explore the galleries, indulge a creative impulse, or sample fare from Wolfgang Puck catering while kicking back in our lounge.
Tickets: $20 general admission; $15 members and students with valid ID. 21+.


Saturday, Feb. 9, 7 pm
Today the Hawk Takes One Chick by Jane Gillooly – Boston Premiere
(93 minutes, HD Cam, 2007)
This deeply moving documentary weaves together the day-to-day lives of three grandmothers in Swaziland. The film highlights a society at the threshold of simultaneous collapse and reinvention, with an HIV infection rate hovering at 40% and life expectancy at 32 years. Following the screening, there will be a Q & A with Boston-based Gillooly and members of her crew.
Tickets: $10 general admission; $8 members, students and seniors.

Sunday, Feb. 10, 3 and 5 pm
The Roxbury Film Festival at the ICA

See six new, short narrative films by Faith Kakulu, Tamika Lamison, Cam Mason, Thato Mwosa, Andrew Reuland, and Jorge Morgan. The Roxbury Film Festival, celebrating its 10th year, is the largest festival in New England dedicated to films celebrating people of color. The festival is produced by ACT Roxbury and The Color of Film Collaborative, Inc.
Tickets: $9 general admission; $7 members, students, and seniors.

March 27 - 30
Berlin Alexanderplatz - Restored by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Thursday, March 27
Introduction by Barbara Sukowa
7 pm Episodes 1-3

Friday, March 28
2 pm Episodes 1-3
7 pm Episodes 4-7

Saturday, March 29
2 pm Episodes 4-7
7:30 pm Episodes 8-11

Sunday, March 30
12 pm Episodes 8-11
6 pm Episodes 12-14

The ICA presents a newly-restored 35 mm print of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s immersive epic, Berlin Alexanderplatz, one of two available in the world. This breathtaking, 15-hour-plus film, based on Alfred Döblin’s great modernist novel, was the crowning achievement of a prolific director who, at age 34, had already made 40 films, including The Marriage of Maria Braun and Lola. It follows the hulking, childlike ex-convict Franz Biberkopf (Günter Lamprecht) as he attempts to become “an honest soul” amid the corrosive urban landscape of Weimar-era Germany. With equal parts cynicism and humanity, Fassbinder details a mammoth portrait of a common man struggling to survive in a viciously uncommon time. Presented in 4 segments screened over 4 days, the film will be introduced on March 27 by Barbara Sukowa, a German actress who broke into TV and film as Fassbinder’s protégée in Berlin Alexanderplatz and in Lola in the title role. See a display of original posters from Fassbinder films—including Lili Marleen, Veronika Voss, and Fear Eats the Soul—along with quotes from some of today’s most renowned filmmakers, including Atom Egoyan, Aki Kaurismaki, Istvan Szabo, Akin Fatih, and Mike Leigh.
Tickets: Each screening: $14 general admission; $10 members, students, and seniors. Pass for all screenings: $40 general admission, $35 for members, students and seniors. Co-presented by the Goethe-Institut, Boston.

Saturday, April 5, 7 pm
The National Center for Jewish Film 12th Annual Film Festival

For the second year, the ICA, in cooperation with The National Center for Jewish Film, presents a Boston-area premiere screening as part of JEWISHFILM.2008. For upcoming screening information, log onto and
Tickets: $10 general admission; $8 members, students, and seniors.


What New Is
The ICA’s celebrity speaker series engages some of the most profound, prescient and creative thinkers, artists, authors and practitioners of our time. Selected for their considerable contribution to contemporary culture, speakers offer new interpretations of what the arts experience can mean today.

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 6:30 pm
Elizabeth Streb and Brian Greene - “Movement and the Calculations of Truth”

Lucky audiences saw STREB open the new ICA’s performance program to deafening applause in 2006. The gravity-defying company founder, MacArthur “Genius” Award-winning choreographer Elizabeth Streb, has been pushing the limits of dance for more than 20 years. She joins theoretical physicist Brian Greene for a conversation about space, time and movement. Uncover the different approaches of a supreme scientist and an extreme action practitioner. What questions do they seek to answer, and how alarming are their discoveries?
Tickets $25; $20 members, students and seniors.

Other Talks

Thursday, Jan. 24, 6:30 pm
Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky - “Rhythm Science”

Based on his award-winning collection of essays, Rhythm Science (MIT Press, 2004), Miller explores the hidden connections between collage-based aesthetics and the politics of perception. He unpacks some of the issues faced by contemporary artists, such as intellectual property, and the ways that art navigates the complex culture of digital media. The talk will be accompanied by historic texts, rare audio recordings, and films to demonstrate the relationship between text and art in a multimedia context.
Tickets: $12 general admission; $8 members, students, and seniors.

Thursday, Jan. 31, 6:30 pm
Mario Ybarra, Jr.
Artist Mario Ybarra, Jr. and ICA coordinating curator Carole Anne Meehan discuss his work in The World as a Stage.
Tickets: $5 general admission; Free for members, students and seniors.

Saturday, March 15, Time TBA
Reflecting Spectacle

Join us for an in-depth exploration of the intersection between performance and visual art as the ICA presents a day-long multi-disiplinary program in association with The World as a Stage. Speakers TBA. For details about this event, please log onto

Thursday, April 3, 6:30 pm
ICA/AIGA Design Series: Mike Mignola

Mike Mignola is a comic book artist, writer, and creator of the Hellboy character, first published 14 years ago by Dark Horse and now an extremely successful franchise. Where will Hellboy lead Mignola next? Taking a look at current and upcoming projects, Mignola reflects on how he got here and what it means to take Hellboy and others to the big screen.
Tickets: $12 general admission; $8 members, students and seniors.

Free Talk

Thursday, March 20, 6:30 pm
Ranjani Shettar and William Cordova

Momentum 10 artist Ranjani Shettar, born and based in India, and Street Level artist William Cordova from Lima, Peru, talk about their work and the environment for making art today. Admission is free. Space is limited.
Free tickets available first-come, first-served at the admissions desk one hour before the program.

About the ICA
The Institute of Contemporary Art, located at 100 Northern Avenue, is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 am – 5 pm; Thursday and Friday, 10 am – 9 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm. Admission is $12 adults, $10 seniors and college students, and free for members and children 17 and under. Admission is free after 5 pm on Target Free Thursday Nights. For more information, call 617-478-3100 or visit our Web site at


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