May 12–13, 2017
“The cri de coeur of a dancer, choreographer and actor struggling, with every cell of her being, to smash any distinctions between those three identities.” —Milwaukee Magazine
“There is some invisible force permeating from Durning, an energy of generosity and urgency.” —Culturebot
“Remarkable work . . . . . . [Durning] was the embodiment of the present.” —The New Yorker
Created and performed by the Alpert Award-winning artist Jeanine Durning, inging is a choreography of the mind. It is a rush of uninterrupted and unscripted speech that tracks the velocity of thought and maps the terrain of a shared present moment. In inging, Durning applies her physical practice of “non-stopping” to the act of speaking, invoking a force that is at once internal and external, physical and metaphysical. Durning’s spoken language stutters, flows, loops and leaps in a dance dictated by her exacting discipline. As thoughts emerge as words, and words emerge from the body, inging brings both speaker and listener to a place a paradoxical intimacy—confronting the edges of intelligibility while revealing the body and its gesture as an inevitable bridge between thought and language, at the moment of articulation.
Friday–Saturday, May 12–13, 2017
Automata, 504 Chung King Court, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tickets $25 [Limited $15 “early catch” available now]
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inging is presented in partnership with Automata.
“Animalistic one moment, delicate the next, he meshes darkness and lightness with verbal and physical dexterity.” — NEW YORK TIMES
We are thrilled to have the opportunity to present two works by acclaimed Bulgarian artist Ivo Dimchev in Los Angeles: his brilliant and captivating SONGS FROM MY SHOWS, and a work rarely presented in the US: P PROJECT.
Ivo Dimchev is known for his provocative and often controversial performance works that explore connections between tragedy and humor and one’s personal sense of modesty. Selected as one of the best theater performances for 2012 by Nachtkritik-Theatertreffen, P-PROJECT is an interactive performance based on “P” words such as People (i.e., police, painters, prostitutes), Piano, Pussy, Poetry, and Poppers. With this work, Dimchev confronts taboos surrounding money, value, creative labor and content authority, inviting audience participation and testing the audience’s creativity and desire for risk-taking.
SONGS FROM MY SHOWS features 15 songs from his past performances to present as independent, individual opuses. While his work blends performance art, dance, theater, and visual art, Dimchev’s enormous musicality and his remarkable vocal gift are at the center of each of his productions.
Dimchev is author of more than 30 performances. He has received numerous international awards for dance and theater and has presented his work across Europe, South America, and North America. He has led master classes at the National Theater Academy in Budapest, the Royal Dance Conservatory of Belgium in Antwerp, Hochschule der Künste in Bern, Switzerland, DanceWeb in Vienna, Giessen University in Germany, the Bremen Academy of Art, and other institutions. Dimchev is the founder and director of the Humarts Foundation in Bulgaria and organizes an annual competition for contemporary Bulgarian choreography. Dimchev is currently an Artist in Residence at Kaaitheater in Brussels. In 2014, he opened MOZEI in Sofia, Bulgaria, as an independent space for presenting contemporary art and music.
“Ivo Dimchev’s SONGS FROM MY SHOWS radicalizes the notion of the archetypal cabaret, presenting a gorgeous line-up of songs buried within his existing shows freed from the burden of context. The fifteen [plus] songs in Dimchev’s show largely follow a chronological arrangement, beginning with his 2004 show Lili Handel and closing in a preview of his current projects, punctuated by anecdotes and moments of captivating candor between Dimchev, his accompanist, and audience.” — PICA / Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
Join Poor Dog Group for the first of a few open studios, as they develop their next work: GROUP THERAPY.
The members of Poor Dog Group met when they were eighteen years old, and have been making art together for more than a decade. Their newest work, Group Therapy, draws on 16 hours of audio recordings from the group’s actual therapy with a licensed professional to probe the inner workings of long-term collaboration. It is a documentary performance centered on close-knit group of friends as they process their marriages, divorces, falling outs, alcoholism, the hustle of making art together, and above all, what it is like to endure.
We’re here to help! Los Angeles Performance Practice is partnering with organizations and leaders in Los Angeles to offer free advice to local artists working in contemporary performance, in the form of one hour-long advisory sessions, hosted by Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles.
Thursday, March 30, 12p-6p
To reserve an advisory slot, RSVP HERE.
Miranda launched Los Angeles Performance Practice in 2010, and the LAX Festival in 2013. Miranda comes from a theater background, and works as an independent producer and performance curator. She began her career with several internationally collaborative projects, producing work in Havana, Kampala, Kigali, and Prague. She has worked with Center Theatre Group, Center for the Art of Performance (CAP) UCLA, and CalArts Center for New Performance, among other, on special projects and initiatives. Miranda is currently the Curatorial Artist in Residence at CAP UCLA. In 2015, she was awarded a Cultural Exchange International Fellowship through the City of Los Angeles and the British Council to work with ArtsAdmin in London. And, she is the 2014 recipient of the Richard E. Sherwood Award, awarded annually by Center Theatre Group to an innovative and adventurous Los Angeles theater artist of promise.
George has been working in the field of contemporary dance and performance for more than 25 years. He was on the founding team that launched the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater and served as Associate Director of REDCAT for a decade. Through REDCAT’s annual New Original Works Festival and ongoing Studio series, he presented more than 250 new works and works-in-progress by Los Angeles artists. He was an Associate Producer for two editions of RADAR L.A. and served as Hub Site Representative for the National Dance Project (2012–14), Lead Program Consultant in the Performing Arts for the Creative Capital Foundation (2011–2012), and on the U.S. curatorial team for the National Performance Network’s Performing Arts Asia Project (2011) and Performing Americas Project (2009–10).