A new English-language translation of MY MOTHER LAUGHS—Chantal Akerman’s final book—is out now from The Song Cave.
“She’s constantly saying the same thing over and over again and when I say to her you already told me that, she gets mad.
I don’t have the right to speak here anymore, I’m stopped immediately.
The next time she repeats herself I say nothing, but I sigh.
She catches it or not, I don’t know.
She says nothing and continues her taxi and airport story, about a wealthy woman who was in the hospital with cancer and a man who was in the hospital because he had fallen in his apartment at 48 years old, still in his prime. Now it will never be the same again. He was still walking and eating fine.
It rains, it rains. Yet it’s summer.” — Chantal Akerman, from My Mother Laughs, translated by Corina Copp.
This weekend at the Music Center, choreographer Wayne McGregor, composer and conductor ThomasAdès, artist Tacita Dean, the Royal Ballet, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic present two world premieres, preceded by a work—OUTLIER—new to West Coast audiences.
LIVING ARCHIVE: AN AI PERFORMANCE EXPERIMENT—danced by Company Wayne McGregor—is a first look at the results of McGregor’s collaboration with Google’s Arts and Culture Lab to develop a choreographic tool that generates new outcomes for works in McGregor’s repertoire. This iteration of LIVING ARCHIVE will be danced to Adès’ In Seven Days, performed by the LAPhil.
The evening will close with the dance world premiere of Part One of McGregor’s full-evening work THE DANTE PROJECT. Set to Adès’ new eponymous composition, INFERNO will be performed by the Royal Ballet, and features a set designed by Tacita Dean—her first work for dancers and the stage—and lighting design by Lucy Carter and SimonBennison.
ANIMA—a short film by Paul Thomas Anderson set to three songs from Thom Yorke’s new album—features Yorke and a troupe of dancers performing an extended suite of movement work by choreographer Damien Jalet.
Yorke worked with Jalet when the musician was scoring Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 version of Suspiria.