Live Arts Exchange (LAX), a contemporary performance series featuring some of the most innovative artists and independent companies in theater, dance, music, and cross-genre performance is back for its second year of programing, kicking off with a launch performance event curated by NICOLE DISSON this Thursday, September 11th at The Bootleg Theater. Disson, producer of THE SERIES, a multi-disciplinary production and event previously set Upstairs at Ace Hotel Downtown LA and on the rooftop of The Standard Downtown LA, has invited over forty artists to perform for one night only for the LAX ARRIVAL themed event.
Over sixty artists are involved with LAX, from intermingling communities in contemporary dance, theater, experimental animation and more. Phil Soltanoff, Holcombe Waller, Actress Fury, Rachel Ho, Meg Wolfe and Zoe Aja Moore are some of the artists featured at this year’s festival.
THE SERIES at LAX ARRIVAL alone will feature well over forty artists as the point of departure for the rest of the festival and a particularly impressive roster of musicians, dancers and installation artists. AXIOM will be this year’s featured contemporary dance company co-directed and choreographed by Denna Thomsen & Zak Ryan Schlegel, with ten dancers performing pieces throughout the evening.
HENRY WOLFE will be offering a teaser from his new album Asilomar in lead up to his release performance event the following evening at The Lilian Theater in Hollywood, a production Disson worked with Wolfe to produce. Composer and sound artist ELLEN REID will be staging an excerpt from her new opera Odysseus, that premiered by the LA Based wild Up Ensemble. Multitalented musician Oliver “OLIWA” Newell will be performing an electronic sound installation in collaboration with video artist KEITH SKRETCH, whose projections will be featured throughout out the evening, alongside work by photographer AUSTIN IRVING.
Additional musical performances by songstress ALEX LILLY (Touche, Zero Desire, Living Sisters), DRUG CABIN (Nathan Thelen’s band who will be perming songs from their bradn new album Yard Work) and electronic pop-duo ROYAL AUDITORIUM (who will also be debuting a selection from their yet to be released EP).
Disson will be performing some theatrical musings alongside actor MICHAEL DUNN with text by poet MANDY KAHN (whose new book of poetryMath, Heaven, Time was just released) and puppeteer SUSAN SIMPSON performs AUGUSTINE SEPTEMBER: Artist in Residence (co-founder of Automata) will be featured, in addition to installations by artist DREW DENNY and poet JACQUELINE SUSKIN in lead up to the launch of her new book Go Ahead and Like It (at Dilettante on 9/18).
“I am extremely excited to be bringing THE SERIES back to LAX for to launch such a tremendous festival and to be featuring a group of LA based artists who’s work continues to inspire me to create more opportunities for community-driven events such as this one,” explains producer Nicole Disson. Inspired by rule-breaking productions of surrealist theater and experimental immersive contemporary dance, THE SERIES is part show and part event, with performances continually moving around its venue of choice, all the while blurring the line between performers and audience members.
Tickets for the THE SERIES at LAX ARRIVAL are $20 all 18 and up are welcomed. Tickets can be purchased online at www.LiveArtsExchange.org