Our annual Los Angeles Exchange [LAX] Festival serves as a highly visible platform that supports hundreds of local artists annually, and reaches thousands of audience members in the greater Los Angeles area.
With performances and events that are geographically focused in and around Downtown L.A., the Festival program hosts ten days of contemporary performance by Los Angeles-based artists, presented in dialogue with works by guest artists from beyond our borders.
Beginning with this year’s 5th anniversary edition, we focus each Festival on an exchange platform with a specific city—engaging artists, curators and organizations in performance presentations, dialogues and artist-to-artist interactions that are designed to cultivate mutual inquiry and long-term network development.Kickstart Us!
Partnering Venues //
We are thrilled to partner with Grand Performances on an evening of dance that abandons boundaries!
Featuring work by Milka Djordjevich, d. Sabela grimes, Amy O’Neal and Micaela Taylor.
Experience dance that abandons boundaries and blurs binaries in an evening of new experimental works drawing from street dance, studio practice and girlhood games. Four Los Angeles choreographers celebrate dance’s capacity to deflect, refract and repurpose a viewer’s presumptions as they construct spacious new visions of what we can, and do, embody.
Los Angeles Performance Practice and Automata have collaborated to offer development residencies for Southern California artists creating new works of live performance. The program is designed to provide vital infrastructure for Los Angeles based artists, and places emphasis on work that reflects/connects to the unique histories, environments, communities, issues and artistic legacies that define it.
Selected projects receive 24-hour access to dedicated space for a one- or two-week period at Automata in Los Angeles’ Chinatown District, as well as additional financial support in the form of a modest stipend. This is a alternative performance space/gallery, suitable for small to mid-scale projects, that either need minimal technical infrastructure or construct their own systems of design and installation.
Each residency will be crafted in collaboration with the artistic team, who are asked to identify specific areas of research, development and/or collaboration, along with a minimum of one point of public engagement, which may take the form of conversations, workshops, showings or other activities open to the public. In addition to supporting the quality of works being developed, we also seek to extend the dialogue about contemporary performance, and connect institutions, audiences and students to the creative life of artists.
Collaboratively offered by Los Angeles Performance Practice and Automata, with support from the California Art Council’s Creative California Communities program.
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APPLICATION DEADLINE: DECEMBER 12, 2016 at 11:59PM PST
– Contact information for a lead artists, based in the Greater Los Angeles area.
– Project title & list of participating collaborators.
– Project Summary: Provide a brief description of the proposed residency project.
– Project Timeline: Briefly outline how this residency fits in your overall development process.
– Residency Proposal: Describe in detail how you would use a 1- to 2-week residency at Automata, including participants and any specific areas of creative development or research that would serves as your focus.
– Scheduling: List any known dates your team is unavailable to participate in a residency between March and August 2017.
– Lead applicant artist statement or bio.
– At least one, and no more than three, work samples that represent your work. Each work sample should be no longer than five minutes in length. Video work samples are preferred. Samples may be from previous work, or work-in-process of your current project.
To prepare for completing the online application, download a pdf sample here:
Development +Research Residency Application SAMPLE QUESTIONS.
Applications must be submitted via the online application form via the link below. All complete applications received by the deadline will be considered. Applicants will be informed of the panel’s decision via e-mail by January 25, 2017.
Complete the online application here:
Development + Research Residency APPLICATION
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We are thrilled to help introduce Riting.la to the performance community in Los Angeles! Jennie Liu and Alana Reibstein launched their new critical writing platform last week, featuring several LAX Festival projects as their initial subjects.
Riting is an experiment in writing that engages with performance happening now in Los Angeles. Riting is a ground for encounters between artists, their critical community, and the public they belong to. Riting brings together a multiplicity of bodies and a polyphony of voices. Riting supposes there is no definitive untangling. Riting assumes mutuality of investment in the ecology of performance activity in this city.
Please check out [and support] their incredible efforts: