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The Bootleg Theater has partnered with producer Miranda Wright and her company Los Angeles Performance Practice to produce an exciting new live performance series featuring all local artists in contemporary theater, dance, music, and cross-genre performance. LAX promises to showcase some of the most innovative artists and independent companies in LA, create social events that encourage cross-genre hangout, and play an important role in the elevation of Los Angeles performance work within national and international networks.
Performances will kick off on Thursday, September 19 with a launch event/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 that cross-pollinates a social experience with the performing arts. LAX will run for three weeks, September 19 through October 3, 2013 overlapping with the bi-annual international theater festival, RADAR LA.
“This is an incredible opportunity to see the work of innovative, younger companies in the city. Our lineup is really amazing- and most of this work has shown at well-respected venues outside of Los Angeles. ABACUS premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in the New Frontiers Section, Ocean Flight was recently seen at the Manipulate Festival in Edinburgh, and Timur & The Dime Museum just returned from a hugely successful performance at Joe’s Pub in New York. We live in a city with so much creative wealth, and I’m looking forward to celebrating the work as a city this September,” commented producer Miranda Wright.
The lineup features work from Poor Dog Group (seen recently at REDCAT and the Getty Villa), Early Morning Opera’s ABACUS, which has been seen at the Sundance Film Festival and REDCAT, a selection from Show Box LA’s contemporary dancers and choreographers, including Meg Wolfe and Jennie MaryTai Liu, punk opera band Timur & the Dime Museum, director Chi-wang Yang, a preview of new work from Zoe Aja Moore, and an exclusive event with award-winning animator Miwa Matreyek.
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. They recently got 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.
Congratulations to Cloud Eye Control, who recently received one of six National Theater Project grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts!
Their new work, HALF LIFE, will be produced with Los Angeles Performance Practice, and will premiere in Los Angeles in Fall 2014.
Cloud Eye Control is a Los Angeles-based multi-disciplinary performance collective comprised of Miwa Matreyek (Dreaming of Lucid Living), Anna Oxygen and Chi-wang Yang. Integrating animation, experimental theatre, pop music, and puppetry; their work fuses screen and stage to create inventive hybrids of animation and performance. Their work has been presented both nationally and internationally.
Citizenship as Listening: “Cooking Oil” in Kampala, Kigali, and Los Angeles –
by Emily Mendelsohn
Ugandan playwright Deborah Asiimwe invited me to direct Cooking Oil in Uganda, and through a Fulbright Fellowship and a grant from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, I was able and eager—and perhaps somewhat unprepared—to accept her invitation. Deborah weaves emotional, contemporary characters in mythic, musically-structured journeys. Her writing flows between the character’s inner world to memory to scene to song to direct audience address. As a director, I responded to the room her fluid worlds and imagistic writing conjures to imagine the world of the storytellers: to stage the fire and the moment the sparks happen to jump and the singing that wafts over the field, or how the dawn comes; to stage the context in which we meet the story and it settles itself into our bodies.
Deborah, producer Miranda Wright, designer Shannon Scrofano and a team of eleven Ugandan actors and musicians presented the play at Uganda’s 360 red-velvet-seat proscenium National Theater in Kampala. Between revenue-generating projects by the theater (public parking, offices, wedding meetings) and the enterprising networks of artists that claim this space as a center, the theater building and grounds overflow with activity. Rehearsals occur in the restaurant, the hallway, in the cafe with another groups’ rehearsal, on the lawn. The use-relationship of the colonial architecture speaks to an artistic project of Uganda. The country borders enclose maybe six major indigenous nations, and over forty languages. As opposed to dictating structure, the theater building is one more (power-fraught) tool in a wealth of inherited cultural materials, practices, and values drawn on to articulate a contemporary Ugandan identity. The fullness of the national project and the space were exciting and I wanted to take everything I saw and put it on stage—glass soda bottles, cassava, a charcoal stove—to authentically engage the material of this new world and to teach a physical performance style that incorporated cultural material: traditional and contemporary songs and dances in the bodies of the performers.
A short profile on Miranda Wright, Executive Director and Producer at Los Angeles Performance Practice (LAPP), and their ongoing international collaboration “Cooking Oil”, a play by Ugandan writer Deborah Asimwe, directed by Emily Mendelsohn, which has now been staged in Uganda, Rwanda and Los Angeles.
This short mini-documentary was produced & directed by Kate Johnson & Michael J. Masucci, with still & video documentation provided by LAPP, and commissioned by the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. A Hyphen Media – EZTV video