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Erika Katrina Barbosa and I premiered a new media/performance work at the stARTup Art Fair earlier this month. We kept having to explain to attendees that, yes, in fact, we are an art piece... and no, we are not actually pregnant!
Above is a photo (by Mido Lee) with stARTup founders Ray Beldner and Steve Zavattero. The wonderful Justin Charles Hoover curated interactive/performance works.
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.
More photos, by Mido Lee:
The next night, we were invited to POW!POW!POW!POW! action art festival by founder and co-curator Guillermo Galindo, at the Fort Mason Center:
We were thrilled to sell out our second run of Color Outside the Lines, the game show meets dance theater piece about race in America, this past weekend in Hollywood. LA Weekly even named us one of their picks of the week!
More info on this project at kaihazelwood.com/portfolio/color-outside-the-lines/.
I wrote an essay about starting my company, Rhizomatic Arts, for the first issue of The Dancer-Citizen, a new peer-reviewed online scholarly journal exploring the work of socially engaged dance artists. I discuss how and why I started my own business to reconcile the disparate aspects of my professional practice, and how our programming is supporting exchange, collaboration, and artist sustainability.
This first issue of The Dancer-Citizen claims "a space for conversation arising from our unique knowledge as dancer/scholars: what do we know about citizenship, belonging and mutual obligation, and how are we using, building on, investigating and challenging this knowledge? How are we working, what are our disparate views and methods, and in what forms are we expressing, embodying, and reporting? What connections are we making, or could we make, with each other and other disciplines?"
I'm presenting a new improvisational work called IN THE CURRENT at HomeLA // Frogtown, Saturday, July 18th, at the Women's Center for Creative Work in Los Angeles. I'll be dancing with Sibling Rivers collaborator Erika Barbosa in the Los Angeles River, just behind the WCCW. Info at homela.org and facebook.com/events/1077519742277753/.
Open Rehearsal: July 13th, 8:00pm-10:00pm (FREE) RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Performance: July 18th, 7:00pm ($20)
Reception with Amy Von Harrington DJing: July 18th, 9:00pm
Allison Wyper with Erika Barbosa
Samantha Mohr with Nikki Stewart
I've been commissioned by the Mountain Standard Time festival to create a durational piece for their Spring Runoff Performance Marathon, and I've taken the opportunity to do something I've been wanting to do for years: a cell phone performance!
ECHO is a performance for one (and only one) person. The single participant will be guided in a real-time exploration of Echo Park, near downtown Los Angeles, via a live cell phone call with the artist. The participant and artist will experience an intimate connection, in public and without seeing each other’s faces. In the privacy of her ear, the participant will encounter “echoes” of the complicated social histories of the historic Echo Park Lake and surrounding neighborhood, interwoven with poetry, music, and the artist’s own biographical narrative. The performance will conclude with a meal.
The performance will be scheduled at a time mutually convenient for the participant and the artist. Contact me to participate!