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MCA Chicago Re-Releases World Premiere of Kinetic Light’s "Wired" from May 2022 (FREE + VIRTUAL)

MCA Chicago Re-Releases World Premiere of Kinetic Light’s "Wired" from May 2022 (FREE + VIRTUAL)


Kinetic Light




Monday, May 8, 2023 - 12:00am daily through June 12, 2023



Kinetic Light

In honor of Kinetic Light’s Wired world premiere in May of 2022, MCA Chicago is re-releasing the performance videos. Captured in a dynamic multi-camera shoot with multiple angles, close-ups, and full stage shots, the performance is available in five accessible versions, detailed below. 

These videos will be live May 8 - June 12, 2023

We hope you will experience Wired at home.

Wired is a passionate and potent aerial and contemporary dance experience that tells race, gender, and disability stories of barbed wire in the United States. The dancers of Kinetic Light trace the fine line between “us” and “them” as they explore the contradictions, dangers, and beauty of barbed wire. Wired meditates in sound, light, and movement as it questions and ruminates on power, belonging, abolition and deinstitutionalization, sexuality, art, community, and connection — all through the powerful lens of disability as creative and cultural force. 



Wired Artistic Collaborators

Choreography: Alice Sheppard, Jerron Herman, Laurel Lawson 

Lighting, Projection, Scenic, Production Design: Michael Maag

Music: Ailís Ní Ríain, LeahAnn “LaFemmebear” Mitchell 

Scenic & Prop Design: Josephine Shokrian 

Audio Description:  Finnegan Shannon, Cheryl Green, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Nathan Geering, Shankojam, and Mo Pickering-Symes, using The Rationale Method

AD Sound Design: Dylan Keefe, Andy Slater

Flight Director: Catherine Nelson 


For additional details about Wired collaborators, access, background, and potential activations, click here.  

Content Advisory: Wired honors the race, gender, and disability histories of barbed wire in America. At times, the performance includes depictions of violence and disability/race injustice. As part of the artistry of the audio description, some moments include references to sexual violence, medical trauma, disability-based and racial injustice, and other potentially sensitive topics. It also includes profanity.


Other Resources 

Making Wired: Barbed Wire & More 

Wired Access Guide (note some elements are for in-person experience only) 

Fjord Review: Wired

NY Times: Access as Ethic 

Disability Arts: Q &A with Ailís & Alice 

Chicago Tribune: Developing the Aerial Dance in Wired 

The Shed: Creative Q&A with Alice & Michael

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