Live Arts Exchange (LAX), a new contemporary performance series featuring all-local artists in theater, dance, music, and cross-genre performance kicked off last weekend with a delicious launch event curated by Nicole Disson of THE SERIES at The Standard, a high-voltage performance from glam punk-opera group Timur & the Dime Museum, and the first half of performances from Show Box L.A. boundary-pushing choreographers.
LAX is quickly expanding- now with 105 participating local artists. The second week of LAX promises to blur the lines between theater, film, dance, music, and event through a series of openings and performances curated by Miranda Wright of Los Angeles Performance Practice and LAX co-director Christopher Kuhl.
Tickets available at liveartsexchange.org!
EARLY MORNING OPERA / Lars Jan
ABACUS is a baroque presentation delivered by invented public persona Paul Abacus about the future of national borders, the workings of contemporary persuasion, and our evolving relationship to the screens in our public and private spaces, not to mention our pockets. In style, this one hour, direct-address presentation assumes a TED-talk feel fused with the grand gestures of megachurch media design, all while utilizing emerging technologies and stunning visual effects generated in real-time by custom software and the wireless live feeds of two dancing Steadicam operators.
SHOW BOX L.A.
Rotating performances choreographed by Meg Wolfe, Hana van der Kolk, Jennie MaryTai Liu, and NICK + JAMES.
Show Box L.A. is the umbrella for a number of collaborative artist-led projects and partnerships, initiated in response to a perceived need for ways to share work, ideas, and resources among the dance community, to raise the level of critical dialogue in Los Angeles about dance as an art form, and contribute to the larger conversation about the art and legacy of dance.
Ocean Flight & The Murder Ballad (1938)
Ocean Flight is a multimedia performance piece inspired by Charles Lindbergh’s revolutionary solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. In an era of data-bodies and drones, Chi-wang Yang boldly re-imagines his journey as a modern-day cyborg allegory. Dance, projection, live-feed video, and interactive media are carefully layered in this visually stunning merging of screen and stage.
With a murky mix of desire, jealousy and emancipatory yearning, Poor Dog Group’s latest movement-based work gives forceful physical life to Jelly Roll Morton’s legendary 1938 recording. Originally performed in the brothels of New Orleans’ steamy Storyville district, Morton’s song revels in the nastiness of its heroine’s voice, whose feral physical energy lays claim to the violent impulses of a woman betrayed. The Murder Ballad delves into the myth of female madness and racialized representations of sexuality.