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Penny Stamps Speaker Series

Joseph Keckler

Let Me Die

December 12, 2015

Joseph Keckler

Special Event: Saturday, December 12, 1 – 5pm, MOCAD
4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Straddling the worlds of music, art, performance and theater, Joseph Keckler has garnered acclaim for his rich, versatile 3+ octave voice and sharp wit. Most recently, Keckler played Chaliapin in the opening run of Dave Malloy’s musical Preludes, directed by Rachel Chavkin and playing at Lincoln Center Theater. In 2013 Dixon Place commissioned his performance piece, I am an Opera. Keckler has been featured on BBC America’s The Nerdist and WNYC Soundcheck, and has appeared at venues including South by Southwest, Joe’s Pub, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Merkin Hall, Union Hall, and BAM. He has received residencies from MacDowell and Yaddo, as well as a Franklin Furnace Grant and a Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work from New York Foundation for the Arts. The Village Voice named him “Best Downtown Performance Artist, 2013.”

Let Me Die

Borrowing the title from “Lasciatemi morire," the Monteverdi aria, Joseph Keckler's 'Let Me Die' approaches the canon of tragic opera as a “body perfumed with death” as he ties together and performs fragments of a multitude of operatic death scenes in this work-in-progress preview of a new durational performance/installation piece.

This performance is four hours in duration; audience members are welcome to come and go as they please. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. MOCAD galleries and Cafe 78 will be open during the performance.

In partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) and the Roman J. Witt Artist in Residence Program.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place on Thursdays at 5:10 pm at the historic Michigan Theater, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, and are free of charge and open to the public.