Category Archives: PERFORMANCE

BRYAN FERRY AT ALBERT HALL

[The solo album covers] aren’t cynical renditions at all. If you read great writers you find that their language has layers, double meanings. You take a great song and you can transform it, add some sort of twist to it…

It’s not a question of hiding behind masks. I’m very much myself all the time. I’m not that good an actor, I couldn’t pull it off, I don’t know… everybody’s very complex. You can move in different directions. Have an adventure with yourself…

I’ve drawn most of my inspiration from the cinema. I’m interested in fantasy, things which are slightly unreal. Like the album cover of Another Time, Another Place. It’s a very bleak kind of cover, it tells a story. It has a sort of Last Year at Marienbad feeling. — Bryan Ferry

To mark the release of his live album BRYAN FERRY LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL 1974, the singer-songwriter and Roxy Music founder returns to the venue this week for a pair of concerts.

BRYAN FERRY

Wednesday and Friday, March 11 and 13. Doors at 6:45 pm.

Royal Albert Hall

Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London

Bryan Ferry, photographs, letters, and album covers related to the 1974 solo concert at the Royal Albert Hall and the early days of Roxy Music, including tea in Paris with Salvador Dalí in 1973. Below, photograph from recent solo tour. Images courtesy and © the artist, his record companies, the photographers, and E. G. Management.

OKWUI OKPOKWASILI AND PETER BORN — SITTING ON A MAN’S HEAD

SITTING ON A MAN’S HEAD—the durational, audience-participatory work by Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born—will be performed at Danspace Project throughout March, 2020, as part of the PLATFORM 2020—Utterances from the Chorus program.

A rotating cast of performers includes Martita Abril, Jennifer Brogle, mayfield brooks, Leslie CuyjetAndré DaughtryEisa Davis, Brittany Engel-Adams, Lily GoldNaja GordonMelanie Greene, Audrey HailesRemi Harris, Jasmine Hearn, Justin Hicks, Shayla-Vie Jenkins, Chaesong Kim, Tendayi Kuumba, Breyanna MaplesPriscilla MarreroAnais MavielMaya OrchinKay Ottinger, jess pretty, Greg PurnellHans Rasch, Katrina Reid, Jean Carla RodeaLily Bo Shapiro, Samita SinhaEleanor Smith, Tatyana Tenenbaum, David Thomson, Pyeng Threadgill, Asiya WadudCharmaine Warren, AJ WilmoreAnna Witenberg, Nehemoyia Young, Okpokwasili, and Born.

OKWUI OKPOKWASILI and PETER BORN—SITTING ON A MAN’S HEAD

Friday, March 6, 13, and 20, from 6 pm to 10 pm.

Danspace Project

St. Mark’s Church

131 East 10th Street, New York City.

Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born, Sitting On a Man’s Head, in performance, Berlin Biennale, 2018 (Okpokwasili top right and below center in black dress). Images courtesy and © the artists and participants.

REVENGE SONG WORLD PREMIERE

Don’t call it a comeback, but New York City’s irreverent theater troupe Vampire Cowboys are back with REVENGE SONG, a scorched-earth musical farce set—mostly—in seventeenth-century France.

Julie d’Aubigny—a queer, cross-dressing swordswoman—and her band of lovers and adversaries turn the sarcasm up to ten in this unexpected Geffen Playhouse diversion written by Qui Nguyen and directed by Robert Ross Parker.

“Satire is what closes on Saturday night,” opined playwright and wit George S. Kaufman, but Cowboys co-founder Nguyen concocts a hilarious mix of aggression and buffoonery, scored with contemporary hip-hop and 1980s-style power ballads. The brilliant comedic timing of Margaret Odette (Julie) and Amy Kim Waschke (as MC Madame de Senneterre) bring these hardcore heroines to raucous life.

REVENGE SONG—A VAMPIRE COWBOYS CREATION

Through March 8.

Geffen Playhouse

10886 Le Conte Avenue, Westwood, Los Angeles.

Qui Nguyen, Revenge Song, from top: Margaret Odette; Beth Hawkes and Odette; Amy Kim Waschke; Odette and Hawkes; Hawkes, Odette, Tom Myers, and Eugene Young (foreground); Myers, Young, and Noshir Dalal (right); Odette and Dalal; Odette and Waschke; Odette, Waschke, Dalal, Young, and Myers; Myers and Hawkes; Odette. Photographs by Jeff Lorch. Images courtesy and © the performers, the photographer, the Vampire Cowboys, and the Geffen Playhouse.

TABAIMO AND MAKI MORISHITA AT REDCAT

It’s the same for all my works: it’s not so much about controlling the viewer’s point of view as it is about setting up a space which will encourage viewers to be proactive in how they look at the work. — Tabaimo

FRUITS BORNE OUT OF RUST—a multimedia performance collaboration by the artist Tabaimo and dancer-choreographer Maki Morishita— using drawings, video installations, and live music to “probe the themes that lurk beneath daily existence”—begins its premiere engagement in the United States this week at Redcat.*

TABAIMO and MAKI MORISHITA—FRUITS BORNE OUT OF RUST*

Thursday through Saturday, February 20, 21, and 22.

Sunday, February 23, at 3 pm.

Redcat

631 West 2nd Street, downtown Los Angeles.

Tabaimo and Maki Morishita, Fruits borne out of rust in performance. Top photograph by Bozzo. Images courtesy and © the artists and performers.

FOUR QUARTETS — TANOWITZ, MARDEN, SAARIAHO

If I am right to think this is the greatest creation of dance theater so far this century, we’re fortunate that FOUR QUARTETS will travel to other stages. I long to become more deeply acquainted with the many layers of its stage poetry.Alastair Macaulay

In great demand and at the height of her powers, Pam Tanowitz creates work that bridges contemporary dance and ballet. Her FOUR QUARTETS—the most acclaimed dance work of the past two decades—is a collaboration with Brice Marden, who created the set images, and composer Kaija Saariaho.

The title refers to T. S. Eliot’s poetry cycle, which provided the inspiration and text for the work, read in performance by Kathleen Chalfant.

This weekend, CAP UCLA presents two performances of FOUR QUARTETS at Royce Hall. Dancers include Kara Chan, Jason Collins, Dylan Crossman, Christine Flores, Zachary Gonder, Lindsey Jones, Victor Lozano, Maile Okamura, and Melissa Toogood.

The scenic and lighting design is by Clifton Taylor, the costume design by Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung, and the sound design by Jean-Baptiste Barriére. Saariaho’s music will be performed by The Knights.

PAM TANOWITZ, BRICE MARDEN, and KAIJA SAARIAHO—FOUR QUARTETS

Saturday, February 15, at 8 pm.

Sunday, February 16, at 3 pm.

Royce Hall, UCLA

10745 Dickson Court, Los Angeles.

Pam Tanowitz, Brice Marden, Kaija Saariaho, Four Quartets, in performance. Photographs by Maria Baranova. Images courtesy and © the artists, the dancers, the photographer, and CAP UCLA.