May 12–13, 2017
“Remarkable work . . . . . . [Durning] was the embodiment of the present.” —The New Yorker
“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
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 $20–25 [Limited $15 “early catch” available now]
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inging is presented in partnership with Automata. photo: Ian Douglas.
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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The California Arts Council, a state agency, announced that it plans to award $56,000 to Automata Arts, in partnership with Los Angeles Performance Practice, as part of its Creative California Communities program. We are one of only forty-one grantees statewide for this program.
The Creative California Communities program supports collaborative projects that harness arts and culture as vehicles for creative placemaking. Supported projects represent the distinct character and quality of a community and present a vision for enhancing the social or economic livability of that community through the arts. Projects benefit residents and visitors to California’s communities by leveraging the assets of the creative sector (artists, cultural organizations and arts-related businesses) to address community needs or priorities. All projects are designed and developed by a nonprofit arts organization in collaboration with at least one partnering organization, and centralize California artists and their work in the project design and implementation.
Automata and Los Angeles Performance Practice will partner with the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, in addition to a handful of local businesses, to continue our launch of NEW/NET, a new creative development platform and resource for Los Angeles-based artists working in contemporary performance with robust programs in professional development, innovative shared audience engagement strategies, a web-based publishing platform, and economic infusion through direct opportunities for artists.
NEW/NET, as a platform, will provide creative residency support for the generation of new projects at Automata and CAP UCLA, in addition to other partnering sites. The platform will continue to hold Free Advice, a one-on-one consultation service for artists in the Los Angeles area hosted monthly at the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, and will soon create a performance viewing club and a workshop series for creative and professional development, with sessions led by the Los Angeles Performance Practice producing team and established artists in the field.
Projects programmed as part of the upcoming Live Arts Exchange / LAX Festival, produced by Los Angeles Performance Project, will pilot new initiatives designed to provide context and online engagement for audiences interested in contemporary dance and performance. Online resources will become available in September.
“I am beyond thrilled to have the support of the California Arts Council in launching NEW/NET as a strategy to benefit dozens of artists working in performance in Los Angeles,” said Miranda Wright, Executive Director of Los Angeles Performance Practice.
“This is a unique opportunity for me to fuse artist-centered programs at Automata and Los Angeles Performance Practice, and to further our existing relationship with CAP UCLA, where I have been the Curatorial Artist in Residence for the past year. It is without question that artists in Los Angeles need and deserve an enhanced infrastructure for the generation of work that is reflective of our contemporary society, which is often marred by tragedy, as they create opportunities for all of us to gather together for a shared creative experience.”
The news of Automata’s grant was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, which can be viewed online at http://arts.ca.gov/news/pressreleases.php.
“California Arts Council grants provide vital support for projects in diverse communities across our state,” said Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council. “This was an historic year of state arts support. We are proud to invest more than $8.5 million in funding 712 grant projects that will stimulate local growth and prosperity, and meet the needs of our communities through deep engagement with culture and creative expression.”
The California Arts Council will continue to grow the reach of its programs in the coming year, as the result of a significant one-time state arts funding increase for 2016-17 announced last week.
Automata is a non-profit organization in the Chinatown District of Los Angeles, dedicated to the creation, incubation, and presentation of experimental puppet theater, experimental film, and other contemporary art practices centered on ideas of artifice and performing objects. Automata stands at the fulcrum points between objects and performance, artifacts and ephemera, magic and mechanics, artifice and interface. Automata creates and nurtures new work that is engaged in cutting edge art practices, and in deep conversation with our contemporary culture of simulation and mimicry while embracing the aura of the handmade and hand-operated. www.automata-la.org
Los Angeles Performance Practice is a producing organization and artists’ network dedicated to supporting Los Angeles’ unique contemporary performance community. It is comprised of independent artists and companies who create groundbreaking theatrical experiences through innovative approaches to collaboration, technology, and social engagement. LAPP serves artists through three key programs: selective project producing & management, the annual Live Arts Exchange (LAX) Festival, and NEW/NET, an artist and audience development platform. www.losangelesperformancepracice.org www.liveartsexchange.org
The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.
Conceived/Directed by Janie Geiser, and developed with an ensemble of Los Angeles performers and designers, FUGITIVE TIME is a multidisciplinary performance inspired by the dual histories of illness and health in early 20th Century Los Angeles. FUGITIVE TIME centers on the life of a fictitious 1930’s tuberculosis patient, who travels to Los Angeles to seek the prevailing cure: fresh air and sunshine in a hilltop sanitorium. Fugitive Time merges puppetry, miniature landscapes, film, live-feed video, and music/sound to create an immersive, elliptical meditation on the body, illness, nature, and time.
“It’s not the often spectacular merging of disparate elements that explains the power of Geiser’s work, and it’s not the searing pathos of the stories she chooses to tell. Instead, Geiser leverages all these different elements into a new arrangement, and what she achieves is a new form of collective thinking, feeling and experience, one that mixes layers of reality and consciousness in a way that seems perfectly suited to our current moment.”
—Holly Willis, ARTBOUND
Remaining DATES AND TIMES:
Friday October 3 at 8 PM
Saturday October 4 at 4 PM and 8 PM
Sunday October 5 at 3 PM
$20 General Admission
$17 Members, Students, Seniors
SEATING IS LIMITED; ADVANCE RESERVATIONS STRONGLY SUGGESTED
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
All performances in Chinatown at:
504 Chung King CourtLos Angeles, CA 90012
FUGITIVE TIME is a co-commission of The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara and First Works (Providence, RI), with additional funding from The Center for Cultural Innovation. Special thanks to Cinelease, Miguel Sanchez, and to everyone who has donated through our Hatchfund campaign.
Read Holly Willis on Fugitive Time and Janie Geiser’s work in KCET’s Artbound:
EXPERIMENTAL NARRATIVES: JANIE GEISER’S EVOCATIVE PUPPETRY
For more information about Janie Geiser: www.janiegeiser.com