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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.
Live Arts Exchange (LAX), a new contemporary performance series featuring all-local artists in theater, dance, music, and cross-genre performance will launch in two short weeks with a performance/party curated by Nicole Disson, producer of THE SERIES, a multi-disciplinary production and event previously set on the rooftop of The Standard, Downtown LA. LAUNCH PAD, Disson’s themed event, will take place on Thursday, September 19, 2013 and will merge social happening with performing arts at the Bootleg Theater.
Over 70 local artists are involved with LAX, from intermingling communities in contemporary dance, theater, experimental animation and even punk opera. Timur & the Dime Museum, Miwa Matreyek, Meg Wolfe, and Poor Dog Group represent just a sampling of LA-based artists involved who perform at well-respected venues across the country.
LAUNCH PAD alone will feature well over fifty incredible artists as the point of departure for the rest of the festival. The singular event will premiere new contemporary dance pieces from choreographer Kitty McNamee of Hysterical Dance Co. and feature new works by choreographer Mecca Vazie Andrews and The MOVEMENT Movement. There will be live musical performances by indie-pop songstress Coco Morier (Electrocute), Jesse Nolan and members of his band Caught a Ghost (+1 Records) and rapper VERBS.
An array of performance art and instillations will take shape throughout the theater, including pieces by an internationally renowned installation, environmental artist, painter and sculptor Lita Albuquerque, performance artist D’Arcy F-M, poet Jacqueline Suskin of POEM STORE, musician/artist Daiana Feuer and actresses Tanya Fischer and Vivian Bang. Writer Mandy Kahn (Collage Culture) will be partnering with composer Daniel Corral to score her poetry to Corral’s original classical composition and works by filmmaker Mariana Blanco and photographer Austin Irving will be projected throughout the evening, with DJ sets by Pharaohs and Jung Hollywood. The list is growing.
Nicole Disson is a producer, performer and curator who relishes bringing people together to create and celebrate the arts. After relocating to the west coast in 2006, Nicole began producing and curating special theatrical productions and events, while continuing to perform as an actor, singer and dancer. With a heavy theatre background and professional experience in brand and entertainment marketing, Disson is recognized for her crossover work as a producer and performer and ability to cultivate talent, while fusing this energy into unique settings and situations.
The Bootleg Theater is a year-round inclusive art space for original, boundary-defying live theater and performance born from the diverse cultural and artistic landscape of Los Angeles. Bootleg supports and collaborates with the best of established and emerging theater artists to create daring multi-disciplinary live experiences that are striking, contemporary and non-traditional. Recent productions include Death of a Salesgirl, Rodney King, Theatre Movement Bazaar’s Track 3 and A Fried Octopus. Bootleg features work from renowned artists and theater companies such as: Rogue Artists, The Secret City, Soul Lab Dance Project, Paul Zaloom, Latina Dance Project, John C. Reilly and many other local artists. Bootleg hosts the monthly literary bloodsport event Write Club LA and seasonal Ladies Arm Wrestling for charity: LA LAW. Bootleg was recently awarded a citation for excellence in the arts from their new Councilman Mitch O’Farrell. Bootleg Theater is an award winning theater that has created a space for Art, a celebration of Los Angeles itself.
LIVE ARTS EXCHANGE (LAX) runs September 19-October 6, 2013 at the Bootleg Theater (2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057). Tickets are $10-20 and can be purchased online at www.liveartsexchange.org. Series passes are also available.
Los Angeles Performance Practice is excited to announce it’s involvement in RADAR LA, an international festival of contemporary theater, through collaboration with Manuel Orjuela on an international presentation of Rodrigo Garcia’s play You Should Have Stayed Home, Morons, making it’s English language premiere with a new translation by Andrea Thome.
Last seen at Bogotá’s El Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro, Orjuela’s bold site-responsive staging takes an intimate audience through four sites in Downtown Los Angeles, as Garcia’s text raises important questions about parenthood, education, and individual social responsibility.
Travelling from scene to scene, public pathways to private apartments, and back to the street- You Should Have Stayed Home, Morons is surprising and immersive, with text by one of Europe’s foremost anarchistic playwrights featuring an all-local ensemble!
You Should Have Stayed Home, Morons is presented with support from Center Theatre Group.
September 23-29, 2013
Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 S Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT http://www.redcat.org/event/manuel-orjuela
Janie Geiser & Erik Ehn’s Clouded Sulphur will perform again at Automata for RADAR LA, an international festival of contemporary theater, after a successful run in February!
Tickets are on sale now: http://www.redcat.org/event/janie-geiser-and-erik-ehn
504 Chung King Court in Chinatown, Los Angeles CA 90012