stARTup Art Fair L.A.
Jan
27
7:00 pm19:00

stARTup Art Fair L.A.

  • Highland Gardens Hotel
photo: Mido Lee, StartUp Art Fair San Francisco (2016)

photo: Mido Lee, StartUp Art Fair San Francisco (2016)

On Friday, January 27th, I'm performing "this is what I call the light of god" with my collaborator Erika Katrina Barbosa at the opening night party for the stARTup Art Fair Los Angeles. We premiered this piece at the San Francisco stARTup Fair in 2016, followed by an interactive installation as part of Current LA this summer. 

I will also present a panel with fellow artist-entrepreneurs Kristine Schomaker, Stephanie Diamond, and Kio Griffith on Saturday January 28th at 4pm.

Performance Lab showing
Jan
24
5:00 pm17:00

Performance Lab showing

  • Hammer Museum

Public Showing of works-in-progress by participants of Rhizomatic Studio's Performance Lab, facilitated by Allison Wyper.  

PERFORMANCES BY:

Heisue Chung-Matheu & Grace Hwang
Kai Hazelwood & Sam De Leve
Sarah Belle Reid
Shaina Lynn Simmons
Juan Carlos Zaldivar
Tim Tsang

Short presentations take place in The Annex at the Hammer Museum, and will be followed by a dialogue with the audience. Attendance is free. Learn more here.

Performance Lab at The Hammer Museum
Jan
6
Jan 20

Performance Lab at The Hammer Museum

  • Hammer Museum
photo: Monika Sobczak

photo: Monika Sobczak

I'm leading a 3-week lab for performance works-in-progress, presented by the Hammer Museum. Meets Fridays from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. on January 6, 13, and 20, 2017, followed by a public showing January 24 from 5–7 p.m. Learn more here.

Rhizomatic Studio at The Hammer Museum
Nov
11
Nov 18

Rhizomatic Studio at The Hammer Museum

  • The Hammer Museum
photo: Shelby Brage

photo: Shelby Brage

Rhizomatic Studio convenes an interdisciplinary group of Los Angeles performance makers, who will engage collectively in two days of "Shared Practice" on the In Real Life: Studio stage. Invited participants (including dancers, performance artists, actors, and spoken word artists) will take turns leading mini-workshops for one another, give peer feedback on rehearsals, and engage in live performance experiments on (and spilling over) the stage. Each day will end with a long-form group improvisation (or "encounter"). Viewers are invited to witness any part of our practice, but physical participation may be limited at times to the Rhizomatic Studio artists only.

Learn more here.

Friday 11/11 11am-6pm
Friday 11/18 11am-6pm
@ the Hammer Museum

Participating artists include: (top row, L to R) Tara King, Carol McDowell, Christy Roberts Berkowitz, Alexx Shilling, Paul Outlaw; (middle L to R) Mariel Carranza, Phillip T Nails, Elisabeth Nails, Toban Nichols; (bottom row) Paul Outlaw, Allison Wyper, Antonia Price, Marcos Najera. All images courtesy of the artists.

 

 

High Voltage at the Electric Lodge
Nov
4
9:00 pm21:00

High Voltage at the Electric Lodge

  • Electric Lodge
photo by J. Astra Brinkmann courtesy of SOMArts

photo by J. Astra Brinkmann courtesy of SOMArts

I'm performing Two Minutes Hate at the Electric Lodge!

High Voltage

Power up with the biggest lineup High Voltage has to offer yet! Featuring 8 performances from artists living and working across the Los Angeles area and beyond:

Scot Nery -- Variety, Scot Nery's Boobie Trap
Cheryl Rae Fidelman -- Monologist, Electric Lodge
Pete Ippel -- Performance artist, Ventura
(peteippel.com)
Kara Alter -- Choreographer, Art Share-LA
Kevin Carman -- Performance artist / poet, Art City Studios
Karl Herlinger -- Existentriloquist, Scot Nery's Boobie Trap
Scherzo Theatre Company -- Theatermakers, Hollywood Fringe Festival
Allison Wyper -- Performance artist, Rhizomatic Arts

+ Curated & presented by Josh Berkowitz (Associate Artistic Director, Electric Lodge) + 

When: Friday, November 4th 2016
Time: 8:30pm doors, 9pm show
Where: 1416 Electric Ave., Venice, CA 90291
Cost: $10 cash at door-- limited capacity, purchase in advance on Eventbrite to guarantee admission!!

High Voltage is an advanced laboratory for artists of all genres, designed to capture the essential fire of what creating work is all about. Join the Electric Lodge every First Friday of the month at 9pm in conjunction with Abbott Kinney's First Fridays as we bring together improvisers, fools, variety acts, puppeteers, dancers, performance artists and experimental bands that will claw at your heart, pull you up from the gut and drop you on your head.

Recombinant Poetics opens at Arena1 Gallery
Aug
25
7:00 pm19:00

Recombinant Poetics opens at Arena1 Gallery

  • Arena1 Gallery
photo: shelby brage

photo: shelby brage

I'm performing an excerpt from my Intimate Performances project for Recombinant Poetics, curated by Sarah True and presented as part of MAIDEN LA. The exhibition opens August 25 and runs through September 2.

 

the Breakdown: Recombinant Poetics

What is the poem of today? What culture are we creating? All that appears solid, separate, bound, is recombined, its boundaries redefined, revealed as fluid. "the Breakdown: Recombinant Poetics" represents a diverse array of 2D, 3D, and performance artists who view a kaleidoscopic world in glimpses, who break that world apart and craft it back together again. This weeklong group exhibition features works by Enrique Castrejon, Steven Thomas Higgins, Toban Nichols, Laura Ricci, Kolbe Roper, and Sara True. Opening night performances from Allison Wyper's "Intimate Performances" project and Sara True's interactive poem, "Today is everything!"

Opening August 25th, 7-10 PM, Exhibit Dates 8/25-9/2 / Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat 12-6 PM

KPARK at Current LA
Jul
31
12:30 pm12:30

KPARK at Current LA

  • South Weddington Park

Erika Barbosa and I will perform "this is what I call the light of god" at KPARK, hosted by KCHUNG Radio for Current LA Water, LA's newest public art biennial.

It's title a direct quote from a police officer describing his weapon, "this is what I call the light of god" is a participatory performance ritual for an age of police violence. Found sound of real U.S. officers, NRA members, and gun enthusiasts, activated by touch sensors, are embedded in the wombs of the performers: Our Ladies of Peace, vessels of the patriarchy, police brutality madonnas for the 21st century. 

This media art/performance collaboration combines my work with vulnerability and participation, with Erika's interrogation of police violence through the objects officers carry.

On two weekends at South Weddington Park in Studio City, KCHUNG presents performances ranging from experimental music to performative DJ sets. KPARK is a full month long series of ongoing programs and performances across three CURRENT:LA park sites in the Los Angeles area, presented by KCHUNG and created for CURRENT:LA.

More on the KPARK series at http://www.currentla.org/kpark-kchung-2/.

Apr
29
7:00 pm19:00

stARTup Fair, San Francisco

  • Hotel Del Sol

Erika Katrina Barbosa and I perform "this is what I call the light of god" at stARTup Art Fair, San Francisco's contemporary art fair for independent artists.

Our officers of peace are the idols of a power obsessed culture. It's title a direct quote from a police officer describing his weapon, "this is what I call the light of god" is a participatory performance ritual for an age of police violence. Found sound of real U.S. officers activated by motion sensors are embedded in the wombs of the performers: Our Ladies of Peace, vessels of the patriarchy, police brutality madonnas for the 21st century.  This collaboration combines performance artist Allison Wyper's work with vulnerability and participation, with media artist Erika Barbosa's interrogation of police violence through the objects officers carry.

 

Apr
16
8:00 pm20:00

Performance with La Pocha Nostra @ LACE

  • Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions

Los Angeles and US premiere of
La Pocha Nostra: Five Psycho-Magic Actions Against Violence
April 16th 8:00 PM FREE

A performance by Guillermo Gomez-Peña and Pocha Nostra core members Michele Ceballos Michot (Colombia/US) Saul Garcia-Lopez (Mexico/Canada/USA) and Balitronica (San Francisco)

With La Pocha Nostra super Associates: Allison Wyper and Marcos Najera. Media Artists: Christian Ziegler and Christopher Zlaket. Guest appearances by Sarah Johnson and Minty Matthew Savitsky

This performance is produced by LACE in collaboration with La Pocha Nostra, as part of Guillermo Gomez-Peña's month ­long residency in Los Angeles made possible by 18th Street Arts Center. 

La Pocha Nostra presents the US premiere of Five Psycho-Magic Actions Against Violence. In this brand new piece La Pocha Nostra offers a vivid new iconography in response to the dreams and nightmares of our current times. Through a series of daring posmo-shamanic actions, the artists depict a transgressive re-imagining of our current reality and show how radical tenderness can be the powerful tool against extreme conservatism, violence, merciless corporate power, social media narcissism, hipster cultural sameness/gentrification, and intolerance to difference. As in all LPN performances audience members are invited by the artists to participate in this on-site performance experiment. Versions of this performance have been presented in Brazil, Spain, Greece, Mexico and Peru.

High Voltage @ Electric Lodge
Mar
4
9:00 pm21:00

High Voltage @ Electric Lodge

  • Electric Lodge
photo: Margaret Bellafiore

photo: Margaret Bellafiore

The Electric Lodge presents High Voltage:
Mutations, exploring genres within performance

Raymond J. Barry, theatermaker: "Yelling at Women Walking their Dogs"

Pam Severns, puppeteer: "Bunny Love"

Jen Hong, choreographer: "Star Sisters" 

Allison Wyper, performance artist: excerpt from "Intimate Performances"

- Curated by Josh Berkowitz -

March 4th, 2016
8:30 pm doors
9pm show
$5 suggested donation

**Arrive early! We are expecting a large audience for this event!**

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High Voltage is a monthly performance/installation/happening late night series produced by the Electric Lodge. Now in its third year, High Voltage coincides with Venice’s “First Fridays” event on Abbot Kinney, and is free to the public. High Voltage offers new opportunities for both emerging and established L.A.-based artists to present developing work. An ideal series for artists/companies working within or across all disciplines – dance, performance, theatre, music, circus, spoken word. High Voltage seeks cutting-edge performers who are committed to pushing the boundaries and creating innovative work. The performances are minimal tech, in a “pop-up” fashion and take place in our large street-level dance studio/gallery space.

 

Color Outside the Lines
Jan
8
Jan 10

Color Outside the Lines

  • Three Clubs
The cast of Color Outside the Lines (L to R): director/choreographer/performer Kai Hazelwood, and performers Abel Arias, Allison Wyper. and Tasheena Medina.

The cast of Color Outside the Lines (L to R): director/choreographer/performer Kai Hazelwood, and performers Abel Arias, Allison Wyper. and Tasheena Medina.

Everyone's favorite game show meets dance theater piece all about race in America is returning to Hollywood this weekend!

I'll reprise my role as "Mitzi Le Blanc" in this wickedly smart work by mastermind director/choreographer Kai Hazelwood. The cast also includes the exceedingly fabulous Abel Arias and Tasheena Medina.

Fri 1/8, 8pm
Sat 1/9 5:30pm
Sun 1/10 5pm
@ Three Clubs, Hollywood

Get your tickets here.

Workshop: How to Talk (and Write) About Your Work
Nov
14
12:00 pm12:00

Workshop: How to Talk (and Write) About Your Work

  • Women's Center for Creative Work
photo: Amanda Hoskinson

photo: Amanda Hoskinson

In this 4-hour workshop for artists and creative professionals, we practice talking about what we do, why we do it, and why it matters. Using structured, one on one interviews, you will learn to craft clear and meaningful elevator pitches, mission statements, and personal statements that express your unique identity for grants, publicity, and publication. 

$65 regular / $55 WCCW members. Space and materials are limited. Advance registration (by November 9th) is required.

Aug
1
1:00 pm13:00

Op. 21: Inner Experience Fellowship/Friends of Crime by Scott Benzel

I'm performing in Scott Benzel's sound + performance installation at the MAK Center/The Fitzpatrick-Leland House in Laurel Canyon.  INFO HERE.

Admission is free - RSVP here. Parking information will be sent upon RSVP

The MAK Center for Art and Architecture presents a new work by composer Scott Benzel: Op. 21: Inner Experience Fellowship/Friends of Crime for prepared piano, vintage electronics, guitar, experimental percussion, tape loop, gong, and central mixing station. 

Designed to provide an enveloping experience for the visitor, the one-day only performance is composed of simultaneous elements issuing from every part of the house and grounds. Moving individually and at will through the property, each listener's experience is unique.

In the Current @ WCCW
Jul
29
7:00 pm19:00

In the Current @ WCCW

  • Women's Center for Creative Work

photo from homeLA // Frogtown by Nguyen Nguyen

Erika Barbosa and I are re-performing "In the Current" for the WCCW's Community Meeting since we were rained out of the river at homeLA // Frogtown. Join us at 7pm off the LA River bike path near Riverdale Ave. Soyoung Shin's WCCW Flag Raising immediately follows.

HomeLA // Frogtown
Jul
18
4:00 pm16:00

HomeLA // Frogtown

  • Women's Center for Creative Work

Live dance made in response to the home of Women's Center for Creative Work adjoining the LA River! 

This home is a center for a growing movement close to our hearts at homeLA and we hope you'll join us for an open rehearsal, one of a kind performance, and DJ dance party to celebrate the process, experience, and catharsis of creative work. 

Open Rehearsal: July 13th, 8:00pm-10:00pm (FREE) RSVP to info@homela.org
Performance: July 18th, 7:00pm ($20) 
Dance Party with DJ Amy Von Harrington: July 18th, 9:00pm

Artists:
Allison Wyper
Sophia Stoller
Constance Strickland
Soyoung Shin
Emily Marchand
Samantha Mohr 
Filipa Valente

Tickets: http://homelafrogtown.brownpapertickets.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1077519742277753/

Info: http://www.homela.org

Workshop: How to Talk (and Write) About Your Work
Jun
21
11:00 am11:00

Workshop: How to Talk (and Write) About Your Work

  • Pieter Performance Space
photo by Amanda Hoskinson

photo by Amanda Hoskinson

In this 4-hour workshop for artists and creative professionals, we practice talking about what we do, why we do it, and why it matters. Using structured, one on one interviews, you will learn to craft clear and meaningful elevator pitches, mission statements, and personal statements that express your unique identity for grants, publicity, and publication. yper.

Space is limited, advance registration (by June 18th) is required. Register here.

May
16
1:00 pm13:00

Workshop: How to Talk (and Write) About Your Work

  • WCCW
photo by Amanda Hoskinson

photo by Amanda Hoskinson

In this workshop for artists and creative professionals, we practice talking about what we do, why we do it, and why it matters. Using structured, one on one interviews, you will learn to craft clear and meaningful elevator pitches, mission statements, and personal statements that express your unique identity for grants, publicity, and publication. The workshop is facilitated by Rhizomatic Arts founder and interdisciplinary artist Allison Wyper, and presented by the Women's Center for Creative Work.

Space is limited, advance registration is required.

WHEN: Saturday, May 16th, 1-5pm
WHERE: WCCW, 2425 Glover Place, Los Angeles 90031
COST: $60/$50 WCCW members
REGISTRATION: http://womenscenterforcreativework.com/workshops/how-to-talk-and-write-about-your-work-workshop/

Color Outside the Lines
Mar
29
6:00 pm18:00

Color Outside the Lines

  • Pig 'n Whistle

“Color Outside the Lines” the twisted trivia night meets dance theater show all about race. "Color Outside the Lines" doesn't attempt to offer any answers about race. Instead it is an invitation to explore the funny and also dark parts of ourselves, our understanding of our own racial identity and that of people around us. I want you to question, disagree, challenge, be uncomfortable, and laugh with us.

The show is intended to inspire conversations, and exploration of the things we think but never say and the things we think deep down and may not even realize we believe. The night consists of a mixture of racial take offs on traditional games and dance theater pieces including ‘The Ig'nant Spelling Bee!’ The audience will play under the direction of our witty MCs. The show shifts between the humor that exists in antiquated sterotypes trying to encompass our muticolor lives, and the ugly reality of racism. 

RSVP required: https://www.facebook.com/events/1061544537195030/

Directed & Choreographed by Kai Hazelwood

Performers: Abel Arias, Tasheena Medina, Kai Hazelwood, Allison Wyper

Workshop: How to Talk (and Write) About Your Work
Mar
9
8:00 pm20:00

Workshop: How to Talk (and Write) About Your Work

  • SIJCC

In this workshop for artists and creative professionals, we practice talking about what we do, why we do it, and why it matters. Using structured, one on one interviews, you will learn to craft clear and meaningful elevator pitches, mission statements, artist statements and bios that express your unique identity for grants, publicity, and publication.

WHEN:     three Mondays  -  March 9, 16, and 23  -  8-9pm

WHERE:   SIJCC, 1110 Bates Avenue, Los Angeles (map)

COST:      $50 for the series, prepaid in advance

Register at http://www.rhizomaticarts.com/workshops

Sibling Rivers @ M:ST 7
Oct
3
4:00 pm16:00

Sibling Rivers @ M:ST 7

  • Contemporary Calgary
Allison Wyper + Rafa Esparza in the Los Angeles River, photo by Erika Barbosa

Allison Wyper + Rafa Esparza in the Los Angeles River, photo by Erika Barbosa

A transnational intermedia collaboration between Allison Wyper (USA); Sam Fox (Australia); Terrance Houle (Canada)

@ M:ST 7 / Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
http://mstfestival.org/festival/

SIBLING RIVERS is a live intermedia performance installation that bridges three sites––Perth, Western Australia; Los Angeles, California; and Calgary, Alberta––through a dialogical exploration of the rivers that run through the heart of each city, carrying the social histories of each site.  Experienced collectively, in dialogue within the defined space and time of the performance (1 hour), these embedded/embodied histories call forth transnational themes of colonialism, cultural erasure, and economic conflict.

 

+ WORKSHOP

Remote Collaboration: exchange and co-authorship across distance and discipline
led by Allison Wyper + Terrance Houle

Sunday, October 5, 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
@ Contemporary Calgary

LAXART Gala at Greystone Mansion
Sep
27
9:00 am09:00

LAXART Gala at Greystone Mansion

‘Til you drop: An installation of image, color, sound, and movement

by Thomas Lawson, Nina Waisman, Flora Wiegmann

Performers: Flora Wiegmann, Jos McKain, Allison Wyper

Working loosely with the idea of a public celebration or carnival, the work addresses the fun, the excess, and the aftermath of the party - experiential research for an era often compared to the roaring 20’s. A group of vertical structures or banners is arranged to create the hint of a maze like space within the confines of the room. On some surfaces these structures present a blank color, shimmering, iridescent, almost reflective. Across others float life size images of ghostly pierrot figures and dissolute partygoers – the enablers and the enabled. Throughout this space hang suspended sensors, which trigger sound when approached.

Sound content for the party themes will be drawn from historic archives, movies made on site, and contemporary re-performance of events. These will be offset by sounds of everyday life at the mansion, including some connected quietly to its less savory past, with an ear to locating sonic and gestural relationships that continue to shape the mansion's (and its celebrants’) personas. Sounds are  both triggered and modulated by visitors motions, setting up a gestural and sonic dialogue between contemporary behaviors and those from the mansions displaced past. When no one is in the room, it is silent.
At specific times throughout the evening, three dancers will perform in the space, interacting with the sensors/sound as musical instrument and the banners as set. Multiple elements will be considered in the choreographic strategy: movement that stems from theme of celebration (and when it gets out of control), "playing the sensors” and modulation of the sounds through dancing bodies, and relating with the image structures as they can both accentuate and obstruct the view of the bodies.

In between our scheduled performances, LAXART partygoers can create their own interactive sound experiences simply by moving through the installation. Sounds triggered as they wander will draw from parties given over the years at Greystone: parties given officially in the house, and pop-up parties thrown by those who broke into the house in years it was abandoned. 

Jul
29
Aug 6

Hydra Poesis residency in Perth, Australia

I've been invited by Hydra Poesis to spend a week in residence at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Arts Studios in Perth, Western Australia, to meet with my long-time collaborator Sam Fox and develop a workshop on remote, intermedia collaboration. Since Sam and I have been working together for 3 years over Skype and email (and never once met in person!) we are excited to dig in and critically assess our process, and hopefully provide a good framework for others to work in a similar vein.

Sam and I are also currently working together on the world premiere of Sibling Rivers in Calgary, Canada, in October with Terrance Houle!

My trip to Perth is made possible by Hydra Poesis and a NET/TEN travel grant from the Network of Ensemble Theatres. Thanks everyone!!

Jul
17
Jul 20

Melinda Ring @ BOX (continues)

  • The BOX
photo: © Paula Court 

photo: © Paula Court 

Melinda Ring @ BOX Gallery

 

The Landscape and Memory (of Snow) Machine
July 11-13 & 17-20, 4 - 7 PM
FREE, no reservations required

Forgetful Snow (the dance)
July 11-13 & 17-20, 8 PM
FREE, reservations recommended for 1 hour performance
RESERVATIONS: 213-625-1747 or info@theboxla.com

 

Melinda Ring’s Forgetful Snow, a triptych, comprised of two durational performances and an hour-long dance, investigates the transcendent possibilities of body and mind. By day, performers in the installations The Landscape and Memory (of Snow) Machine labor at searching for landscapes, retrieving lost moments of time and archiving the accumulating results. These simple tasks involving the body, video, and language are quietly focused and mysterious. In the evening, the dance is performed without clothing and accompaniment to strip it of layered-on meaning and emotion. Presented instead is an intimate and formally complex choreography with elusive performative demands and textures.

Each day of the show from 4 to 7 PM visitors can view the two durational performances, The Landscape and Memory (of Snow) Machine. These pieces are set within the main gallery space and three smaller adjacent rooms. These two are followed each evening at 8 PM by performances of the dance Forgetful Snow, by the New York performers. The show runs for 7 performance days, includes 8 performers (4 from New York, 4 local), and is free to the public.

 

More info: http://www.theboxla.com

FACEBOOK EVENT HERE.

Read more about the performance of Forgetful Snow at The Kitchen in New York HERE

Melinda Ring performances @ BOX, LA
Jul
11
Jul 13

Melinda Ring performances @ BOX, LA

  • The BOX
photo: © Paula Court 

photo: © Paula Court 

Melinda Ring @ BOX Gallery

 

The Landscape and Memory (of Snow) Machine
July 11-13 & 17-20, 4 - 7 PM
FREE, no reservations required

Forgetful Snow (the dance)
July 11-13 & 17-20, 8 PM
FREE, reservations recommended for 1 hour performance
RESERVATIONS: 213-625-1747 or info@theboxla.com

 

Melinda Ring’s Forgetful Snow, a triptych, comprised of two durational performances and an hour-long dance, investigates the transcendent possibilities of body and mind. By day, performers in the installations The Landscape and Memory (of Snow) Machine labor at searching for landscapes, retrieving lost moments of time and archiving the accumulating results. These simple tasks involving the body, video, and language are quietly focused and mysterious. In the evening, the dance is performed without clothing and accompaniment to strip it of layered-on meaning and emotion. Presented instead is an intimate and formally complex choreography with elusive performative demands and textures.

Each day of the show from 4 to 7 PM visitors can view the two durational performances, The Landscape and Memory (of Snow) Machine. These pieces are set within the main gallery space and three smaller adjacent rooms. These two are followed each evening at 8 PM by performances of the dance Forgetful Snow, by the New York performers. The show runs for 7 performance days, includes 8 performers (4 from New York, 4 local), and is free to the public.

 

More info: http://www.theboxla.com

FACEBOOK EVENT HERE.

Read more about the performance of Forgetful Snow at The Kitchen in New York HERE