Category Archives: DANCE

CÉCILE B. EVANS — GISELLE

Cécile B. Evans presents her “experimental ecofeminist thriller” A Screen Test for an Adaptation of Giselle and a related performance work—Notations for an Adaptation of Giselle (welcome to whatever forever)—in Paris, through the first week of November. The works are part of the Move 2020 festival at Centre Pompidou.

Both A Screen Test—which combines digital footage, 16mm, VHS recordings, animation and AI—and the live Notations performances feature Alexandrina Hemsley as Giselle, Rebecca Root as Bertie, and Lily McMenamy as Leonida.

See link below for schedule.

CÉCILE B. EVANS—INSTALLATION AND PERFORMANCES

Through November 7.

Centre Pompidou

Place Georges-Pompidou.

Temporary entrance on rue Beaubourg and rue Saint-Merri, 4th, Paris.

Cécile B. Evans, A Screen Test for an Adaptation of Giselle (2019). Images © Cécile B. Evans, courtesy of the artist, Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna, and Château Shatto, Los Angeles.

SIMONE FORTI AND BARNETT COHEN IN CONVERSATION

Simone Forti will join artist and immigration activist Barnett Cohen for an online discussion about their poetry exchange, how the pandemic has shifted their practices, and the future of performance, post-quarantine.

The event is presented by Joan Los Angeles. See link below for Zoom information.

SIMONE FORTI and BARNETT COHEN IN CONVERSATION

Joan Los Angeles

Friday, October 16.

6 pm on the West Coast; 9 pm East Coast.

From top: Simone Forti (right) and Barnett Cohen, photograph courtesy and © the artists and Joan Los Angeles; Barnett Cohen, Tsie, 2018, bronze, image courtesy and © the artist; Barnett Cohen, Portals, 2016, copper sheeting, acrylic paint, image courtesy and © the artist.; Simone Forti and Barnett Cohen poetry exchange (above) and photograph (below), images courtesy and © the artists and Joan Los Angeles.

LADP PREMIERES — DRIVE-IN DANCES

L. A. Dance Project presents two world premieres and brings live performance back to its Los Angeles home with DRIVE-IN DANCES, a monthlong outdoor program. Audience members drive up and park in LADP’s lot, staying in their cars to view the performances.

SOLO AT DUSK—choreographed by Bobbi Jene Smith in collaboration with Or Schraiber and the dancers—premieres this week, followed in mid-September by THE BETWEENS, a work by Jermaine Spivey and Spenser Theberge in collaboration with the dancers.

See links below for details.

L. A. DANCE PROJECT—DRIVE-IN DANCES

SOLO AT DUSK

Thursday through Saturday, September 10–12, September 24–26, and October 10, at 7:30 pm.

Sunday, September 13, September 27, and October 11, at 6 pm.

THE BETWEENS

Thursday through Saturday, September 17–19, October 1–3, and October 8–9, at 7:30 pm.

Sunday, September 20 and October 4, at 6 pm.

LADP

2245 East Washington Boulevard, downtown Los Angeles.

L. A. Dance Project, Drive-In Dances rehearsal photographs—from top—by Josh S. Rose (1), Benjamin Millepied (3), Rose (2), and Lorrin Brubaker (3). Images courtesy and © the photographers, the dancers, and LADP.

ELECTRONIC — FROM KRAFTWERK TO THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS

Evoking the experience of being in a club, the exhibition ELECTRONIC—FROM KRAFTWERK TO THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS will transport you through the people, art, design, technology, and photography that have been shaping the electronic music landscape.*

See link below for details.

ELECTRONIC—FROM KRAFTWERK TO THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS

Through February 14, by appointment.

Design Museum

224–238 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London.

Electronic: From Kraftwerk to the Chemical Brothers, Design Museum, London, July 31, 2020–February 14, 2021, from top: Adam Smith and Marcus Lyall’s sensory experience for the Chemical Brothers’ track “Got to Keep On,” photograph by Guy Bell / Rex / Shutterstock; Kraftwerk, photograph by Guy Bell / Rex / Shutterstock; installation view, photograph by Felix Speller; Yuri Suzuki and Jeff Mills, The Visitor; masks from the Aphex Twin video Windowlicker (1999), photograph by Speller; Smith and Nyall’s “Got to Keep On” installation; Haçienda club designs by Ben Kelly and Peter Saville; Electronic: From Kraftwerk to the Chemical Brothers exhibition catalog; Jean-Michel Jarre’s imaginary studio, photograph by Speller; Weirdcore, Aphex Twin’s Collapse; 1024 Architecture, Core; Bruno Peinado, Untitled (The Endless Summer), 2007, photograph by Speller. Images courtesy and © the artists, the photographers, and the Design Museum.

2020 OUTFEST LOS ANGELES — IF IT WERE LOVE

Crowd depicts a rave party where young people encounter strong emotional experiences. There are several layers in the piece, but one major layer is the narratives… We have fifteen young people on stage who create this gallery of personal portraits. It’s an emotional rollercoaster, which talks about love, desire, violence and loneliness, and many contradictory emotions. It also deals with the question of how these emotions are shared and “communicated” in a social setting.

Crowd also questions the need for contemporary rituals or the need to reinvent rituals in contemporary culture… [It’s] about how time is perceived or distorted through our emotions. One of the beautiful challenges in this piece was executing the “retouched” movements—slow, cut out loops that are inspired by special effects or movie editing techniques—which was a great technical challenge. But it is not about “imitating” these retouched movements, it is about finding a way to perform them in a very sensitive, very organic and personal way. — Gisèle Vienne

IF IT WERE LOVE / SI C’ÉTAIT DE L’AMOUR—an immersive look at choreographer Gisèle Vienne’s Crowd by filmmaker Patric Chiha—is “a dream based on a performance,” according to its director.

The film, which won the 2020 Teddy for best documentary at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival, is streaming now at 2020 Outfest Los Angeles. See link below for details.

IF IT WERE LOVE / SI C’ÉTAIT DE L’AMOUR

2020 Outfest Los Angeles

Available through Monday, August 24, until 11:59 pm.

Patric Chiha, If It Were Love / Si c’était de l’amour (2020). Crowd choreographer Gisèle Vienne in third, eighth, and sixteenth photograph from the top. Images courtesy and © the filmmaker, the choreographer, the dancers, and Aurora Films.