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.
Sara Roberts' Clump and Whistle
Sara Roberts' Clump and Whistle
Clump is an experiment in group/crowd behavior, a participatory performance based on a simple rule set but without fixed outcome or direction.
Danielle Agami Brings Israeli Dance Craze to L.A.
Danielle Agami Brings Israeli Dance Craze to L.A.
Danielle Agami has been spreading the gospel of Gaga, a distinctive movement art form out of Tel Aviv, Israel, across Los Angeles.
Cliff Hengst's Semi-Fictionalized, Drag Double-Decker Bus Tour
Cliff Hengst's Semi-Fictionalized, Drag Double-Decker Bus Tour
Artist Cliff Hengst embarked from The Beverly Hilton to perform "It's Not Right But It's OK," perhaps the first ever historic autobiographical semi-fictionalized disembodied drag double decker bus tour.
Year in Review: 'Prometheus Bound' at the Getty Villa
Year in Review: 'Prometheus Bound' at the Getty Villa
An overview of the avant-garde production "Prometheus Bound" at the Getty Villa.
Year in Review: Independent Shakespeare Co.'s 'Macbeth'
Year in Review: Independent Shakespeare Co.'s 'Macbeth'
An overview of the Independent Shakespeare Co. performance of "Macbeth" at the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival.
The HafoSafo Chorus and the Sunset Foot Clinic Sign Online
The HafoSafo Chorus and the Sunset Foot Clinic Sign Online
Machine Project leads a singalong underneath the spinning "Happy Foot/Sad Foot" sign on Sunset Blvd.
17 Weird Pool Performances Your Swim Coach Doesn't Want You To Know About
17 Weird Pool Performances Your Swim Coach Doesn't Want You To Know About
In "Wash," an audience was encouraged to swim and explore an underwater viewing room over the course of a slowly shifting three-hour pool performance.
Love on San Pedro: Reflecting on the Soul of Skid Row
Love on San Pedro: Reflecting on the Soul of Skid Row
An overview of Cornerstone Theater Company's "Love on San Pedro."
Jmy James Kidd and the Sunland Dancers on Flat Top Hill
Jmy James Kidd and the Sunland Dancers on Flat Top Hill
Choreographer Jmy James Kidd's group, The Sunland Dancers, performed "Welcome," on Montecito Heights' Flat Top Hill at sunset in June 2013.
Love on San Pedro: A Photographic Journey From Skid Row to the Stage
Love on San Pedro: A Photographic Journey From Skid Row to the Stage
A photo essay captures a day in the life of actor Olusheyi Banjo, offering a glimpse into a community rendered invisible and largely ignored by much of the broader culture of L.A.
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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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Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

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