aug 25–oct 28
Throughout its ten-week season, Open Spaces presents a series of evening performances at selected venues all over Kansas City, introducing some of the most groundbreaking artists working today to local audiences. From chamber music visionaries Bang on a Can All-Stars, ETHEL and Eighth Blackbird to the theatrical illusions of Chicago’s Manual Cinema and the evocative story of Billy Strayhorn’s life as told by David Rousséve/REALITY, Kansas City has never experienced such a rich offering of music, dance and theater created in, for and about the present moment.
And if that’s not enough, partners across the city have come together to lend their creative energies to The Expanded Field. Explore the contemporary art exhibitions, galleries, and public artworks listed here and throughout the schedule (on the homepage of this site) that celebrate the spirit of Open Spaces. These projects are independent of Open Spaces. Please check the organization’s website or call to confirm dates before making the trip to visit one of these institutions.
From stunning murals, eclectic dance pieces, spoken word performances and musical wonders, Open Spaces is hosting the best that our local creatives have to offer. So if you’re curious about the native talent pool that you’ve never experienced before, we’ll point you in the right direction to get a taste of Kansas City contemporary arts at its best.
The Expanded Field will include a curated selection of proposals that were submitted to Open Spaces. In addition, it will include strategic partnerships that reflect the contemporary vision of Open Spaces.
The Expanded Field performances and exhibitions are subject to charges dictated by the venue in which they reside.