to Sep 16

Add Water & Stir

Add Water & Stir (excerpt) is an interdisciplinary investigation into aspects of human apathy and the hyper-normalization of sanitized police brutality. This piece was created in response to the current social and political climate of increased human indifference, deafening silence of human compassion and political lunacy largely affecting the African-diaspora and people of color locally and globally. Add Water & Stir (excerpt) expresses insights about the existence of a society mired in complex racial, cultural and gender politics by reflecting on both historical and current events. The work emerges from my anger and fear of an escalating hostile and lethal environment that has been unapologetically unleashed since the Post-Trump election. Abstract references to the brutal killings of Tamir Rice, Emmett Till and Eric Garner are made through text and speech by the dancers. The nightmare of their savage killings are juxtaposed against the backdrop of images and gestures symbolic of the so-called “American Dream”. Add Water & Stir (excerpt) seeks to provoke questions about human compassion and offer perspective on diverse modes of storytelling. The work questions the state of affairs of our humanity and the level of compassion for our fellow human being. Through music, movement, spoken word and strong visual elements it is the hope of this piece to create a platform that invites deeper understanding into the realms of human compassion, community, responsibility and liberation.

Where: Bootleg Theater

2220 Beverly Blvd.


with BlakTina Dance Festival and Dance Resource Centre

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to Mar 22

Collaboration with Physical Plastic at the Watermill Center Artist Residency

In residence: March 15 – March 31, 2017
ALARM (Working Title)
performance, visual art, sound, theater

During their Watermill residency PHYSICAL PLASTIC – a recently formed LA-based theater project between Kestrel Leah (UK) and Yiannis Christofides (Cyprus) – will collaborate with visual artist Dasha Sur (RU) and choreographer Brigette Dunn-Korpela (USA) to develop ALARM (Working Title). a stage performance based on security alarms and the mythic ancient Greek sirens. They plan to utilize the resources at The Watermill Center to further reveal the structure of the performance, to further develop its choreography score symbiotically with the sound score, and finalize design elements.

Kestrel Leah  is an actor and director working internationally across stage and screen. She completed her Masters in Acting at California Institute of the Arts, where she was awarded the Provost’s Interdisciplinary Grant as well as Dean’s and President’s funds to support her interdisciplinary endeavors and study of Suzuki technique. She is also a regular collaborator with WaxFactory theater company. Dance/choreography credits include collaborations with Parisian artists Julie Bena and Duchamp Prize winner Julien Previeux. As a director, Leah often collaborates across music, film, dance and visual art, and she has shown work at venues such as Human Resources (LA), The Garage (San Francisco) and The Vail International Film Festival. In previous years, she has worked as a producer and curator for the Boulder International Fringe Festival and the Vail International Film Festival.

Yiannis Christofides (b.1985) is a composer, sound artist and sound designer. Much of his work investigates our experience of place through the use of field recordings as principal material. His particular interest in field recording is in relation to the contextual aspects of sound and the intersensory experience that it affords. His work has been presented at leading venues and institutions throughout Europe and the U.S. including the Athens & Epidaurus Festival (GR), New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (US), La Triennale di Milano (IT), Ecos Urbanos Festival, Fonoteca Nacional de México (MX), Internationales Klangkunstfest Berlin (DE), Point Centre for Contemporary Art (CY), Metamatic: The Art Foundation (GR), Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre (UK) and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (US), among others.


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