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Encounter #54 at Beach Dances

  • Annenberg Community Beach House 415 Pacific Coast Highway Santa Monica, CA, 90402 United States (map)
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Choreographers, dancers and performance artists join together to create an improvisational encounter starting from the Beach Dances stage. Viewers are welcome to stay or follow and come and go throughout the Encounter event. Artists for this iteration of Encounter (#54) include: Michael Barrett, Mariel Carranza, Rochelle Fabb, Marcela Fuentes, Douglas Green, Rebeca Hernandez, Carol McDowell, Elaine Thap and Allison Wyper.

Since 2012, leading performance artists from Los Angeles, plus international guests, have met regularly to engage in a practice called Encounter, organized by Peruvian-American artist Mariel Carranza. Encounters are durational, improvised, action/time/space based performances inhabiting private studios, art venues, and public spaces across the city, including the Los Angeles River, Griffith Park, the Venice Pier, Salton Sea, the Bowtie Parcel, WUHO Gallery, Human Resources, Los Angeles State Historic Park, and Highways Performance Space. In 2018, Encounter was included in REDCAT's Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA with support from Human Resources and the Foundation for Contemporary Art.

Beach Dances: Shared Practice situates the practice and creation of dance in the daily life of the beach. While the artists work, you are invited into an open-air glimpse of the rehearsal room – and a new perspective on the movements of beachgoers around you. Join us throughout the week of Tuesday June 18-Sunday June 23 for open rehearsals, workshops and performances. Participating choreographers: Heyward Bracey & Nguyen Nguyen, Paola Escobar, Marcela Fuentes, Maya Gingery, Rebeca Hernandez, DaEun Jung, Shaina Lynn & Isabel Ivey, Carol McDowell, alexx shilling and Christine Suarez, plus Encounter (organized by Mariel Carranza). Beach Dances: Shared Practice is curated by Allison Wyper of Rhizomatic Arts.

Explore the full Beach Dances: Shared Practice program schedule, including workshops with the choreographers, here.

All Beach Dances events take place on an open-air platform; observers may wish to bring layers, sun protection and a blanket to sit on the sand.