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.
Instigating Histories: The Work of Mapa Teatro
Instigating Histories: The Work of Mapa Teatro
Mapa Teatro, a collective based in Bogotá, Colombia, uses theater, performance, and installation to create complex visual narratives that ask open-ended questions about the drug war, violence and other global issues. The group recently completed a one-month residency at 18th Street Arts Center.
Water Dancer: Ana María Alvarez
Water Dancer: Ana María Alvarez
Ana María Alvarez, choreographer and founder of the CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater, is making works that deal with water, challenging audiences to confront issues surrounding the element. A former social worker, Alvarez uses dance to engage with communities and channel social activism.
'Available Light' Interviews: Frank Gehry, Lucinda Childs, and John Adams
'Available Light' Interviews: Frank Gehry, Lucinda Childs, and John Adams
"Available Light" is being re-staged in celebration of the Music Center's 50th anniversary. Artbound revisits 1983 interviews with choreographer Lucinda Childs, architect Frank Gehry, and composer John Adams -- who brought the original production to life.
'Available Light' Returns to the Stage After Three Decades
'Available Light' Returns to the Stage After Three Decades
Originally staged in 1983, "Available Light" is being revived in honor of the Music Center's 50th anniversary. The performance was a collaboration between choreographer Lucinda Childs, architect Frank Gehry, and composer John Adams.
 Hydrogen Jukebox: The Philip Glass and Allen Ginsberg Collaboration Comes to Long Beach
Hydrogen Jukebox: The Philip Glass and Allen Ginsberg Collaboration Comes to Long Beach
Philip Glass and Allen Ginsberg's 1990 opera, "Hydrogen Jukebox" gets a multi-faceted staging by the Long Beach Opera.
Singing in Sign Language: Deaf West Theatre's 'Spring Awakening'
Singing in Sign Language: Deaf West Theatre's 'Spring Awakening'
Deaf West Theatre delivers performances in American Sign Language and spoken English. Their presentation of "Spring Awakening" at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts begins May 21.
Nao Bustamante's Soldaderas, Real and Imagined
Nao Bustamante's Soldaderas, Real and Imagined
Nao Bustamante's exhibition "Soldadera" is a "speculative reenactment" of women's participation in The Mexican Revolution. ­­
Performance Artist Rachel Rosenthal Dies at 88
Performance Artist Rachel Rosenthal Dies at 88
Performance-art visionary, animal rights activist, and avant-garde icon Rachel Rosenthal passed away at age 88 on Sunday, May 10.
Sarah Elgart: A Career in Motion
Sarah Elgart: A Career in Motion
Sarah Elgart's site-specific projects in Los Angeles have transformed bus terminals, airports, and museums into veritable action paintings.
The Evolution of My Barbarian
The Evolution of My Barbarian
From a theatrical project to a performance art group, My Barbarian's latest venture is "Double Agency," a performance about secret agents that was filmed in the galleries of LACMA.
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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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At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

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