Chicago’s Redmoon Theater Arrives June 11 for 3-day Run at TMA’s Play Time Exhibition

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Chicago’s Redmoon Theater, known for using larger-than-life contraptions to create performances bright with spectacle, is coming to the Toledo Museum of Art June 11¬-13.

Redmoon 1The company’s site-specific performances have opened in the Windy City’s Millennium Park, animated the façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art, commemorated the groundbreaking of the Modern Wing of the Art Institute and brought tens of thousands of spectators to the banks of the Chicago River. Redmoon also has taken its work to Chicago’s most underserved neighborhoods, using spectacle to bridge differences and transform the ways people see and understand public spaces. Each performance is unique to its location.

Redmoon is bringing its Drum Crane Tower, a 30-foot tall musical structure with three performance tiers and mounted drums for multiple percussionists, to the Glass City. The tower will be adorned with newly minted glass domes created earlier this month by TMA Glass Pavilion artists when it is erected on the Museum’s Monroe Street Terrace.

It’s all part of the Museum’s current Play Time exhibition, which is based on the premise – supported by research – that play is good for everyone. It helps us to relax, stimulates creativity and enhances interpersonal relationships.

RedmoonThe Drum Crane Tower will be the featured attraction at the Museum’s Play Time exhibition party that takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 13. Monroe Street in front of the Museum will be closed to vehicular traffic that evening and instead filled with food vendors and a 419-foot-long picnic table – possibly the city’s longest. Redmoon Theater will present its “Grand Spectacle” performance between 8-9:30 p.m. at the party, which is free and open to the public.

That evening there also will be a special strawberry social in the Glass Pavilion just for Museum members, who must show their TMA membership card for admission.

Play Time, sponsored in part by ProMedica, is this summer’s major contemporary art exhibition at the Museum. A more experimental format than typical for TMA, the exhibition aims to defy traditional ideas of viewing art, with some works created as visitors watch and others moving outside the Museum’s galleries and popping up at locations around the city.

Following is the complete schedule for Redmoon Theater’s participation in Play Time:

Thursday, June 11

  • 9-11 a.m.: Open Rehearsal
  • Noon to 1:30 p.m.: Lunch Time Piano/Sitar Tower Performance Set
  • 7-10 p.m.: Open Rehearsal

Friday, June 12

  • Noon to 1:30 p.m.: Lunch Time Piano/Sitar Tower Performance Set
  • 2:30-5 p.m.: Tower Percussion Open Rehearsal
  • 6-9:30 p.m.: Drum Crane Open Tech/Teaser Performances of All Moments

Saturday, June 13

  • 9-11 a.m.: Open Rehearsal
  • Noon to 1:30 p.m.: Lunch Time Piano/Sitar Tower Performance Set
  • 6-8 p.m.: Casual Environmental Celebration/Performances and Casual Crane Activities
  • 8-9:30 p.m.: Drum Crane Grand Spectacle Performance
  • 9:30-10 p.m.: Live Drum Crane DJ Dance Set

For more information about the exhibition and the many programs planned in association with it, visit or call 419-255-8000. Admission to the Museum and the exhibition is free.

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