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.
Immense and intimate, 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.
In-depth: Making Wired, barbed wire, Melvin Edwards, & more
Including more details about Venue layout and physical accessibility, ASL interpretation, Tactile & haptic experiences, Quiet spaces & stim kits, Light, sound, and content notices, and Audio Description info & description samples.
ASL is present for all live performances. A limited number of seats may feature a haptic experience of the soundtrack. There is no spoken text in Wired. These performances feature expanded accessible seating. Audio Description will be available for all performances. Live performances will feature audio description through Audimance, with multiple content and experience options. Orientation and assistance with the app will be available pre-show at the venue, along with a tactile experience of Wired's set, props, and costumes.
There are no strobe lighting effects in Wired. There are moving lights and animated projections. Light haze is present in some sections. Wired content and artistry will remain the same for all performances. Audience members are welcome to exit and reenter the theater. Quiet space and sensory kits are available before, during, and after all performances.
Proof of vaccination or medical exemption and masks are required for all attendees.
Wired is made possible with funding from the Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, MAP Fund, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, O’Donnell Green Music and Dance Foundation, Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, and Café Royal Cultural Foundation. Lead support for Kinetic Light is provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and Borealis Philanthropies’ Disability Inclusion Fund.
Wired is commissioned, in part, by The Shed Open Call 2020; supported by a Pillow Lab Residency; and developed, in part, at Z Space (San Francisco, CA, 2020–21).
The engagement model for Wired was developed with support from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s New Works Initiative, with lead support provided by Elizabeth A. Liebman. Generous support is provided by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Events (DCASE).
Flight support by The Chicago Flyhouse and bungees from Adrenalin Dreams.
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.
Special Bonus! Coloring pages for your home-based enjoyment -- color in Alice, Laurel, and Jerron
Conception & Direction: Alice Sheppard
Choreographed in Collaboration: Jerron Herman, Laurel Lawson, Alice Sheppard
Lighting, Projection, Scenic amp; Production Design: Michael Maag
Music: LeahAnn "Lafemmebear" Mitchell, Ailís Ní Ríain
Scenic & Prop Design: Josephine Shokrian
Costume & Makeup Design: Laurel Lawson, with jumpsuit fabrication by Timberlake Studios, Inc.
Audio Description: Finnegan Shannon, Cheryl Green, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Nathan Geering and Mo Pickering-Symes and Shankojam, using The Rationale Method; AD Sound Design by Dylan Keefe, Andy Slater
Audimance Design & Wired Audimance spatial environment:Laurel Lawson, CyCore Systems
Audimance Engineer: Sean McCord, CyCore Systems
Production Stage Manager: Nykol DeDreu, Tiffany Schrepferman
Flight Director: Catherine Nelson
Rigging Consultant: Chicago Flyhouse
Lighting & Video Supervisor: Jordan Wiggins
Scenic & Prop Fabrication: Lu Barnes-Lee, Misae Carrol, Max Chen, Sophronia Cook, Anthony Freitas, Marissa Todd
In-depth: Learn more about Wired's additional collaborating artists