Performance
Whether in theater and drama or performance art and dance, poetry is captured in bodies in motion. Performance takes many forms. The black box theaters of Los Angeles provide an antidote to Hollywood largesse with intimate and experimental performances; Shakespeare gets a new twist when performed in the woods of Topanga Canyon; and performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña investigate border politics. Dance is an orchestra of opposites; shoring kineticism with stasis, creating narratives with movement, and channeling music into action. In high school parking lots and backyard parties, new dances are born and broadcast to the world in online videos. Warehouse operas infuse old school drama with new energy. Performance is an extension of language and an expression of what lies within.
Director Charles Otte on Visions of  'Vireo'
Director Charles Otte on Visions of 'Vireo'
Creative director Charlie Otte helped design the opera, "Vireo," to be viewed on television.
Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser
Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser
"Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser" airs March 31 at 8PM PST on KCET.
First Person: Composer Lisa Bielawa on 'Vireo'
First Person: Composer Lisa Bielawa on 'Vireo'
Composer Lisa Bielawa discusses the inspiration behind Vireoand the historical context behind the episodic opera.
Kronos Quartet on the Sound of 'Vireo'
Kronos Quartet on the Sound of 'Vireo'
The Kronos Quartet created the music that accompanies the performers on "Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser."
Listen to the Sounds of 'Vireo'
Listen to the Sounds of 'Vireo'
Listen to an excerpt of music from "Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser."
First Person: Director Charlie Otte on 'Vireo'
First Person: Director Charlie Otte on 'Vireo'
Director Charlie Otte discusses the intricacies of producing "Vireo," an opera for the screen.
Cultural Cartography: Connecting Kinetic Communities with Dance Map LA
Cultural Cartography: Connecting Kinetic Communities with Dance Map LA
Dance Map L.A. serves as a catalyst for important conversations about innovation and invention in L.A. dance.
Behind the Scenes of 'Vireo'
Behind the Scenes of 'Vireo'
A look behind the scenes of the opera, "Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser."
First Person: Grand Central Art Center Curator John Spiak on 'Vireo'
First Person: Grand Central Art Center Curator John Spiak on 'Vireo'
Director and chief curator of Cal State Fullerton's Grand Central Art Center John Spiak discusses the GCAC's role in "Vireo" and the conception of the project.
Librettist Erik Ehn on Writing 'Vireo'
Librettist Erik Ehn on Writing 'Vireo'
"Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser" is based on research done by composer Lisa Bielawa did on the history of female hysteria for her college thesis.
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Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

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Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

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Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

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Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

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Literature

Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

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Multi-Disciplinary

Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

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Music

A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

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Performance

Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

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Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.


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