Green Galactic PR http://www.greengalactic.com a Los Angeles area publicist taking culture producers to their next level Tue, 11 Jul 2017 22:33:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 Tilted Field Presents Giovanni Adams’ “Love is a Dirty Word” at VS. Theatre [6/17-7/15/17] http://www.greengalactic.com/2017/tilted-field-presents-giovanni-adams-love-is-a-dirty-word-at-vs-theatre-company-617-71517/ Tue, 11 Jul 2017 22:31:03 +0000 http://www.greengalactic.com/?p=9552 Love is a Dirty Word graphicTilted Field, in association with VS. Theatre Company, is proud to present the world premiere of Giovanni Adams’ new play Love is a Dirty Word, opening in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 17th at 8:00pm. The solo work, performed by Adams, with musical accompaniment by Arturo Lopez, is about a young man finding redemption when he is deemed too dirty to love. This autobiographical piece is rooted in Mr. Adams’ experience as a black, queer, Christian man crossing lines of identity, affinity and ideology. Love is a Dirty Word was developed and directed by Becca Wolff (No Static at All, Outstanding Solo Show, 2015 NY Fringe Festival). The play will run through Saturday, July 15, 2017 at VS. Theatre on Pico.
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Tilted Field, in Association with VS. Theatre Company,
Presents the World Premiere of Giovanni Adams’
Love is a Dirty Word
Solo Performance by Adams, Directed by Becca Wolff
At VS. Theatre in Los Angeles
Opening Night: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Performance Run: June 16 – July 15

LOS ANGELES, CA: Tilted Field, in association with VS. Theatre Company, is proud to present the world premiere of Giovanni Adams’ new play Love is a Dirty Word, opening in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 17th at 8:00pm. The solo work, performed by Adams, with musical accompaniment by Arturo Lopez, is about a young man finding redemption when he is deemed too dirty to love. This autobiographical piece is rooted in Mr. Adams’ experience as a black, queer, Christian man crossing lines of identity, affinity and ideology. Love is a Dirty Word was developed and directed by Becca Wolff (No Static at All, Outstanding Solo Show, 2015 NY Fringe Festival). The play will run through Saturday, July 15, 2017 at VS. Theatre on Pico. For more information please visit http://vstheatre.org and https://www.facebook.com/events/835544223260279.

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The story begins and ends in Adams’ hometown of Jackson, Mississippi. The songs are originals by Mr. Adams and arranged by Mr. Lopez. Designers include Melissa Trn (costumes) and Rachel Myers (set). The 80-minute show will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00pm at VS. Theatre, which is located at 5453 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019. The first show on Friday, June 16th is a preview performance. Opening Night is set for Saturday, June 17th. Tickets are $30 each and available by calling the box office at 323-739-4411 or online by visiting Brown Paper Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2951780.

CAST & CREW:
• Written/Performed by Giovanni Adams
• Directed by Becca Wolff
• Songs Written by Giovanni Adams
• Musical Accompaniment by Arturo Lopez
• Costume Design by Melissa Trn
• Scenic Design by Rachel Myers
• Lighting Design by Derrick McDaniel
• Stage Manager – Niki Armato
• Producers – Becca Wolff & Giovanni Adams
• Associate Producer – Tommy Dunn

Adams and Wolff began developing the show in the summer of 2015 when “…the perceived abject otherness of blackness was being made visible in the most horrific fashion. The spectacle of black death gone viral was a wake up call and a reminder that to be born black in America is to live with a heightened awareness of your out-of-placeness,” says Adams. “Safety can be real hard to find. This got me thinking about my own complex relationship to love and home. Is there such a thing as being too different — too dirty to love? That’s the seed of the story that we’re trying to tell. This story is a meditation of my childhood memories in Mississippi, accompanied with music and images. It traces my journey back home to reconnect with the little boy buried on the inside of me…a liberating act of love.”

ABOUT:
GIOVANNI ADAMS (Artist) recently played Neil in Donald Margulies’ The Model Apartment at Geffen Playhouse and Frederick Douglass in Mount Misery at Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco. He was in the world premiere of Kemp Power’s One Night in Miami (Rogue Machine Theatre, LA Drama Critics Circle Award and NAACP Theatre Award for best ensemble) and Sunny Afternoon (Gangbusters Theatre Company). He has participated in the Pacific Playwrights Festival, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and the Writer’s Workshop Retreat at Center Theatre Group to develop new works. His other stage credits include The Recommendation and Bela Lugosi’s Dead (IAMA Theatre Company), and Miss Julie and King Lear (Yale Repertory Theatre). His film and television credits include Nina, Criminal Minds, Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous, Grey’s Anatomy and Gary Unmarried. Adams was born in Jackson, Mississippi and received his BA from Yale University.

BECCA WOLFF (Director) is a California-based, cross-media director committed to developing new forms and attracting new audiences to the theater. She will direct the world premiere of Sinner’s Laundry at IAMA Theater Company this fall and Weightless at Z Space in San Francisco in March 2018. Los Angeles premieres have included The Last Days of Mary Stuart (world premiere, Son of Semele/Titled Field) and Sixty Miles to Silverlake (West Coast premiere, IAMA Theatre Company). Past work in NYC includes No Static at All (Tilted Field/NYC Fringe – world premiere, winner Outstanding Solo Performance) and Usher (NYC Fringe – world premiere, winner Outstanding Musical). She is the co-founder of SCOTUS Theater and Tilted Field (LA/NYC/SF), Artistic Director Emeritus IAMA Theatre Company (2014 Ovation award for Outstanding Ensemble, Intimate Theatre, Los Angeles), and was featured, along with her company, Titled Field, in the LA Weekly‘s “Best of LA” issue, 2013. Wolff has an MFA from Yale School of Drama, Directing. For more information, please visit http://beccawolff.net.

ARTURO LOPEZ (Guitarist/Arranger) is a touring/session guitarist and audio engineer based in LA. He earned his BA in Music Performance from Musicians Institute in 2014. Since then he has collaborated with artists such as JES, Kamasi Washington, Elis Paprika, Vanessa Rose, Anna Beatriz, Elaine Da Silva, and Jonina Aradottir, among others. He is currently in the process of writing and producing his debut EP.

TILTED FIELD is a theatrical lab for telling stories in bold new ways; we develop, create and produce these stories with the brave artists we’re committed to serving. Past productions include The Antigone Project (co-pro with Wilderness at the Getty Villa), The Last Days of Mary Stuart (Son of Semele) and No Static At All (NYC Fringe – world premiere, winner Outstanding Solo Performance). Tilted Field was named Best Rock Musical Theater Company in LA Weekly’s “Best of LA” issue in 2013. For more information, please visit https://tiltedfield.neocities.org.

VS. THEATRE COMPANY, a non-profit 501c(3) corporation, is a collection of passionate artists devoted to producing World, West Coast and Los Angeles Premieres by the best contemporary playwrights in America. Prior Vs. productions include works from John Patrick Shanley, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Adam Rapp, Itamar Moses, and Neil LaBute, among others. Vs. was founded in 2004 based on a shared passion for riveting stories and live performance in an intimate setting. Named “one of the top theatre companies of the last decade” by the LA Weekly, Vs. productions have won numerous theatre awards, enjoyed long, sold out runs and received widespread critical acclaim. On deck in 2018 will be the Off Broadway Premiere of Ron Klier’s Cops And Friends Of Cops. For more info, please visit http://www.vstheatre.org.

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“The Day Shall Declare It” Returns to LA May 10 – June 19 **EXTENDED THRU JULY 31st!** http://www.greengalactic.com/2016/the-day-shall-declare-it-pr/ Tue, 12 Apr 2016 21:14:53 +0000 http://www.greengalactic.com/?p=9484 tdsdi flyer top

After the sold-out and award-winning success of The Day Shall Declare It in 2015, Wilderness returns to the Los Angeles Arts District to remount its immersive, site-specific theatre experience, opening Tuesday, May 10, 2016 and running through Sunday, June 19, 2016. [UPDATE: The show has been extended thru July 31st by popular demand!] The internationally acclaimed physical theatre piece weaves together dynamic movement with a collage of American labor literature from Tennessee Williams and Studs Terkel, exploring the concept of work in America: what it does for us – and what it does to us. Developed and co-directed by Annie Saunders and Sophie Bortolussi (Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More), The Day Shall Declare It will run for a limited time, to audiences of only thirty people per show. The intimate performances will run six nights a week. The 2016 version sees the addition of “The Paradise,” an exclusive pop-up bar with live music curated by Vagrant Bartenders.

Sold-Out Immersive Theatre Experience

The Day Shall Declare It

Returns to Los Angeles!

Site-Specific Performance Explores What ‘Work’ Means to Us

In Derelict Arts District Warehouse
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Tuesday, May 10 to Sunday, June 19, 2015

[UPDATE: EXTENDED THRU JULY 31st!]

Featuring the Original London Cast &
Secret Pop-Up Bar “The Paradise”

LOS ANGELES, CA – April 12, 2016 [Updated June 16, 2016] – After the sold-out and award-winning success of The Day Shall Declare It in 2015, Wilderness returns to the Los Angeles Arts District to remount its immersive, site-specific theatre experience, opening Tuesday, May 10, 2016 and running through Sunday, June 19, 2016. [UPDATE: The show has been extended thru July 31st by popular demand!] The internationally acclaimed physical theatre piece weaves together dynamic movement with a collage of American labor literature from Tennessee Williams and Studs Terkel, exploring the concept of work in America: what it does for us – and what it does to us. Developed and co-directed by Annie Saunders and Sophie Bortolussi (Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More), The Day Shall Declare It will run for a limited time, to audiences of only thirty people per show. The intimate performances will run six nights a week, Tuesday through Sunday, with doors opening at 8:00pm and performances beginning at 8:30pm. Doors and the bar open 30 minutes prior to show times. [UPDATE: Starting in July, late shows have been added to Fridays and Saturdays. On those nights, shows will start at 8:00pm and 11:00pm, with doors 30 minutes prior to each show time.] The 2016 version sees the addition of “The Paradise,” an exclusive pop-up bar with live music curated by Vagrant Bartenders. Wilderness, an experimental performance company that brings temporary theatrical experiences to vacant buildings awaiting redevelopment, presents this work in partnership with Ad Age Standout 2015 production company HēLō, and in association with Los Angeles Performance Practice and Imperial Art Studios. For more information, please visit http://thisisthewilderness.com/portfolio/the-day-shall-declare-it-arts-district-2016.

The Day Shall Declare It premiered in London in 2014 and was called “demanding, intelligent, and memorable theatre,” by Miriam Gillinson, Time Out London. The North American premiere opened in Los Angeles in 2015 and was described as “dazzling…athletic vigor and grace,” by Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times. The 2016 version will feature the original London cast (called “dreamy, atmospheric, and fragmented… impressively performed,” by Lyn Gardner, The Guardian). The production will be staged in a disused 1925 brick shopfront warehouse at 2051 East 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021, managed by Julio Hechavarria of Imperial Art Studios. Tickets, available online, are $25 (The Upstart), $50 (The Standard), and $75 (The Tennessee). [UPDATE: As soon as tickets go on sale, they sell like hotcakes. As such, tickets for the new July dates will be released in increments of a week or so. This is reflected on the ticketing page linked above. On the calendar at that link, if a July date is in white, the tickets have not yet been released.]

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“We are thrilled to be bringing this piece back to Los Angeles after an overwhelmingly positive response in 2015,” say creators Saunders and Bortolussi. “The experience is visceral and temporal – we cannot wait to share it with new audiences.”

The Day Shall Declare It 
Staged in a 1925 warehouse in the Arts District, which is slated for demolition after the run for a condo development, The Day Shall Declare It weaves text from Tennessee Williams and Studs Terkel, with dynamic choreography. Inside the space, which has been intricately transformed into period working and living environments, the audience is led by performers through multiple narratives, each of which investigates working and how it affects our relationships to others and ourselves.

“When the recession hit, the personal, private questions of the meaning of working – ‘What do I want to do?’ versus ‘What will I live on?’ – seemed to become immediately, drastically public. I wanted to make a piece that explored this and looked to a similar historical moment, the Great Depression, and the extensive canon of American labor literature,” says Saunders. “This piece is an effort to creatively conflate these period texts with a free-form theatrical model and contemporary movement score, echoing the responses of the current moment, such as Occupy Wall Street, which, for me, took on a powerful and spontaneous choreography of its own.”

The piece’s dynamic choreography is by Sophie Bortolussi (see bio below), who co-directs with artistic director and Wilderness Founder Annie Saunders (see bio below), who also performs alongside Anthony Nikolchev and Chris Polick (the original London cast). John Zalewski, who won an Ovation Award for the 2015 production, designed the sound. Iain Court designed the lighting. Scenic design is by Nina Caussa. Costumes are designed by Stephanie Petagno and Clare Amos. Jana Diaz Juhl is producing.

tdsdi1The Day Shall Declare It performers Chris Polick and Nick Konow having a drink during 2015’s LA show.
Photo Credit: Derek Woods.

The Paradise
Vagrant Bartenders, who gained notoriety for just recently finishing their beverage program at the Butcher’s Daughter, are back at it again, this time in an exclusive pop-up: The Paradise, embedded in the immersive theatrical world of The Day Shall Declare It. The tailor-made menu will feature boozy aromatic cocktails while incorporating garden-to-glass elements that were popular in the forties and fifties. Expect to see the best damn Ramos Gin Fizzes and Ward Eights this side of the Mississippi. The Paradise will serve performance guests from doors opening and will remain open nightly post-show, Tuesday to Sunday, starting at 10:00pm for the general public.

[UPDATE: The Paradise will be open for ticketed audience members on all show nights. The pop-up bar will also open up to the general public after performances at 10:00pm on nights without late performances (Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday). Due to the new Friday and Saturday late shows added in July, the bar will only be open to ticketed guests on those nights, not to the general public. Monday nights are dark. During the extension, yummy BBQ will only be available by pre-order for large parties of 10 or more by contacting marissa@flyhelo.com. Drinks and snacks will continue to be available nightly, including mixed pickles, pickled eggs, Rockenwagner pretzels, and house smoked nuts.]

Annie Saunders, Co-Director & Performer –
Annie Saunders is the founder and artistic director of Wilderness (see below). She also works internationally as a performer and experimental theatre-maker. She trained at The University of London. She is a core performer with Lars Jan’s Early Morning Opera, a performance and art lab, and is currently performing in the aquatic performance installation Holoscenes, the Institute of Memory, and Abacus.

Sophie Bortolussi, Co-Director & Choreographer –
Sophie Bortolussi is a French choreographer, dancer, and director based in New York City. She recently movement directed and choreographed Red Eye to Havre de Grace at New York Theatre Workshop and was Martha Clarke’s choreography assistant for The Threepenny Opera at the Atlantic Theater. Bortolussi played the lead role in Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More in New York and The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable in London.

Wilderness –
An experimental theatre company founded in 2011 by Annie Saunders, Wilderness works internationally to push the envelope of the traditional theatre-going experience. Transforming disused, unexplored, and uninhabited urban spaces, Wilderness creates experiential and interdisciplinary theatrical experiences. In Los Angeles, Wilderness has received critical acclaim for Leaves of Grass, presented as part of the Studio Series at REDCAT, which uses text and movement to explore the biology of identity and the look-alike phenomenon in couples. In 2014, Wilderness taught master classes in devising theatre at Territoria International Festival in Moscow, alongside Declan Donnellan (Cheek by Jowl) and Dimitris Papaioannou. Wilderness previously presented The Day Shall Declare It to critical acclaim in an extended run at the abandoned BBC London Studios building in the West End. In 2015, The Day Shall Declare It held its US premiere in Los Angeles, playing for seven weeks to critical acclaim and sold-out audiences.

HēLō
A production company bringing together the best in storytelling, experience design, and creative technology, HēLō is the result of decades of experience in talent management, digital, and production agency work. HēLō combines design, creative, technology, and storytelling to create seamless experiences that people want to be a part of. Just over two years old, the company has already made a name for itself as an innovative production shop to watch – nabbing accolades from Cannes Lions to the AICP NEXT Awards, among others and being named Advertising Age’s Production Company Standout of 2015.

Los Angeles Performance Practice
Los Angeles Performance Practice is a producing organization and artists’ network dedicated to supporting Los Angeles’ unique contemporary performance community. Founded by Miranda Wright in 2010, it is comprised of independent artists who create groundbreaking theatrical experiences through innovative approaches to collaboration, technology, and social engagement.

Additional Event Details
The approximately 80-minute performances are largely standing room only, though the audience may sit or lean on furniture throughout the space. Comfortable shoes are recommended. A coat and bag check will be available. Street parking can be found on Imperial Street, Santa Fe Avenue, or 7th Street.

Links
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• Wilderness – www.thisisthewilderness.com
The Day Shall Declare It (TDSDI) – http://thisisthewilderness.com/portfolio/the-day-shall-declare-it-arts-district-2016
TDSDI tickets – https://www.artful.ly/los-angeles-performance-practice/store/events/8952
• Wilderness Facebook – www.facebook.com/thisisthewilderness
• TDSDI FB Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/958289807601691
• Wilderness Twitter – https://twitter.com/thisisthewild @thisisthewild
• Wilderness Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/thisisthewild
• HeLo – http://www.flyhelo.com
• Los Angeles Performance Practice – http://losangelesperformancepractice.org
• Vagrant Bartenders – http://vagrantbartenders.com
• TDSDI teaser [2:37] – https://vimeo.com/153215435
TDSDI trailer [:28] – https://vimeo.com/162489019


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Photo Credit: Jonathan Potter.

~ Praise for The Day Shall Declare It and Wilderness ~


It’s haunting, magical and beautifully crafted, something that must be experienced to be experienced.” – Steven Leigh Morris, The LA Weekly

“…fresh, nuanced, poetic pastiche about labor, work, and love.” – Amy Newlove Schroeder, LA Magazine

“Dreamy, atmospheric, and fragmented… impressively performed.” – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“Dazzling…athletic vigor and grace.”Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times

“The most exciting immersive theater piece to hit LA so far…” – Noah J. Nelson, No Proscenium

* * * * “Demanding, intelligent, and memorable theatre.” – Miriam Gillinson, Time Out London

“Breathtaking phrases of movement… the choreography was a real joy to watch.” – Ruby Isla Cera MarleA Younger Theatre

* * * * “Immersive theatre one would expect from the depths of Berlin. Well worth a visit.” –Chris RogersThe Public Reviews

* * * * “A disused office space in central London has been converted into something quite spectacular… I left the performance feeling like it would continue even after the audience had gone.” – Colin HakeRemote Goat

“We were proud to present The Day Shall Declare It, created by Wilderness, as part of Bush Bazaar at the Bush Theatre last summer. The piece demonstrated great flair and ambition. Wilderness, in my opinion, will in time become a company of theatre makers whose body of work will define a new generation of artists.” – Madani Younis, Artistic Director, Bush Theatre

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The Refractor Piano Debut Concert – Peter Manning Robinson Live Thu. 4/28/16 [Bergamot Station] http://www.greengalactic.com/2016/peter-manning-robinson-refractor-piano-debut/ Tue, 12 Apr 2016 03:27:50 +0000 http://www.greengalactic.com/?p=9446 Refractor FlyerAward-winning pianist and composer Peter Manning Robinson will enthrall audiences with a stunning aural and visual art experience at his The Refractor Piano Concert on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station. Performing live with his invention, The Refractor Piano™, Robinson is pioneering a new music form: “refracted music.” Without using prerecorded tracks, triggered samples, external sounds, or MIDI instruments, the Emmy and multiple BMI award-winning composer creates a vast spectrum of new sounds with just a refracted, acoustic piano. In a sense, Robinson plays inside the refractions generated by his newly created instrument. His innovative compositions, rooted in classical and jazz traditions combined with improvisation and acoustic refraction, produce a truly original and transcendent live music experience. 

Award-Winning Pianist-Composer
Peter Manning Robinson
Debuts His Newly Created Refractor Piano™
In Concert at Bergamot Station – Santa Monica
Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Refractor Piano™ Concert
Riding Refractions for a Transcendent
Live Music Experience

LOS ANGELES, CA – April 11, 2016 – Award-winning pianist and composer Peter Manning Robinson will enthrall audiences with a stunning aural and visual art experience at his The Refractor Piano Concert on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station. Performing live with his invention, The Refractor Piano™, Robinson is pioneering a new music form: “refracted music.” Without using prerecorded tracks, triggered samples, external sounds, or MIDI instruments, the Emmy and multiple BMI award-winning composer creates a vast spectrum of new sounds with just a refracted, acoustic piano. In a sense, Robinson plays inside the refractions generated by his newly created instrument. His innovative compositions, rooted in classical and jazz traditions combined with improvisation and acoustic refraction, produce a truly original and transcendent live music experience. To learn more about the artist, please visit http://www.petermanningrobinson.com. For additional information on the event, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1088421337870300.

While Robinson and his creative collaborator, Klaus Hoch, have been working in the studio on The Refractor Piano™ project for a number of years, this is the first time Robinson’s Refractor Piano™ music will be presented publicly at a live concert event for adventurous music seekers. Set and projection designer Hana Kim is creating a special visual environment for the concert. In addition to performing, Robinson will also speak about his music and The Refractor Piano™. The performance will begin at 7:30pm and is free with reservations. Please RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peter-manning-robinson-the-refractor-pianotm-concert-tickets-5388553308. All ages are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. This one-night event will take place at Writers Boot Camp located in Bergamot Station at 2525 Michigan Avenue, Building i, Santa Monica, CA 90404 (310-998-1199; map). Ample free lot parking is available.

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“This is a very different type of performance – the audience won’t be able to predict what to expect from moment to moment. The experience can be beautiful, unsettling, evocative, and transformative depending on the individual person and the composition,” says Robinson.

In Robinson’s hands, The Refractor Piano™, an adapted Steinway piano, is capable of generating a remarkable array of never heard before sounds. While the music is composed and the performance process is well-planned, “refracting” the raw acoustic sound makes each performance unique and never an exact reproduction. As Robinson performs, he rides the refractions as he bends and morphs the raw sound. The new textures he creates – acoustic refractions – are used to generate the distinct instruments and voices of each composition. Using the keyboard, fingers, mallets, and other implements, Robinson uses the entire piano to conjure up his new music.

Combining visual and aural elements, the concert will create a multi-sensory space for the audience. In collaboration with Robinson and Hoch on the event, Hana Kim is designing a unique visual environment that will incorporate digital, video, and sculptural elements to interweave with and heighten the visceral experience of Robinson’s music. The Refractor Piano™ Concert will be an adventure to expand all of the senses.

Peter Manning Robinson, Pianist/Composer
Peter Manning Robinson is a composer, pianist, and vegan chef who has won an Emmy and multiple BMI awards. He was born in Chicago and grew up in Vancouver, Canada as well as on the streets of San Francisco. Then, at age 16, he ventured to Los Angeles. Robinson started touring and playing in clubs at a young age and received formal music training from USC and Berklee College of Music in Boston.

He has performed and recorded with such jazz greats as Ernie Watts, Phil Woods, and Freddie Hubbard. Robinson has also composed for film and television. He first met creative collaborator Klaus Hoch when he composed the music for Flypaper, which Hoch wrote and directed. Additional credits include Without A Trace and The Crow. Robinson won an Emmy Award for KABC’s Above and Below and five BMI TV Music Awards for Without a Trace. He was also nominated for an OFTA Television Award for The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax. Members of The London Philharmonic, MusicaNova Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra have recorded his orchestral works.

In recent years, performing on his newly created The Refractor Piano™, Robinson is pioneering a new style of music called “refracted music.” Without prerecorded tracks, triggered samples, external sounds, or MIDI instruments, he creates innovative music that combines classical and jazz composition with improvisation and acoustic refraction for transcendent live musical experiences.

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Klaus Hoch, Producer/Creative Collaborator
Wearing many hats as creative director and producer, Klaus Hoch is a filmmaker who has collaborated with Peter Manning Robinson for the past six years on The Refractor Piano™ project. He and Robinson first collaborated on the feature Flypaper, which Hoch wrote and directed – a black comedy crime film featuring Craig Sheffer, Robert Loggia, Illeana Douglas, and Lucy Liu. Hoch studied music composition with pianist and composer Wally Cirillo as well as guitar with jazz legend Joe Diorio. He earned an MFA from NYU in Film and Television and is a member of the Directors Guild of America.

Hana Kim, Designer
Hana Kim is an award-winning set and projection designer for theater. Recent design credits include: projection for Fallujah, directed by Andreas Mitisek (Long Beach Opera); scenic and projection for Dogeaters, directed by Loretta Greco (The Magic Theatre, San Francisco); projection for museum installation of Pearls of the Planet (Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles); and Em-ee-leh (Baryshnikov Arts Center, NY).

She is a recipient of the Princess Grace Award in Theater Design and a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829. Her works were also featured in the architecture magazine Form as well as the book Scene Design and Stage Lighting by Dick Block.

“The Bergamot event will definitely appeal to music adventurers – open-minded music lovers who are hungry for creative new sounds and original art experiences,” says Hoch.

Links
• Peter Manning Robinson Official Site – http://www.petermanningrobinson.com
• Facebook Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/1088421337870300
• RSVP – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peter-manning-robinson-the-refractor-pianotm-concert-tickets-5388553308
• Peter Manning Robinson IMDB – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0732974
• Peter Manning Robinson YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/ImageMusicPMR
• Hana Kim Official Site – http://hananow.com
• Writers Boot Camp – http://www.writersbootcamp.com

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For more information, photos, sound files, to schedule an interview, or request press tickets, please contact Green Galactic’s Lynn Tejada at 213-840-1201 or lynn@greengalactic.com.

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~ Pre-Refractor Piano™ Quotes about Peter Manning Robinson ~

“Brilliant.”
– Michael Cuscuna, Record World Magazine

“An alchemist’s experiment” and “futuristic, mystical.”
– Philippe Oreille, Grenoble Jazz Festival Reviewer

“Some of the most original music since Olivier Messiaen. The listener is assaulted, disturbed, enveloped, given new life.”
– Phil Cohen, Artistic Director, Leonardo Project, Concordia University, Montreal

“With Lisztian abandon, Robinson is obviously at home in free-form atonal music while maintaining both his classical and his jazz roots.”
– Titus Levi, Keyboard Magazine


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World Premiere: Reed Arnold’s “All Is Fair” Apr. 8-24 [The Complex, Hollywood] http://www.greengalactic.com/2016/all-is-fair/ Thu, 10 Mar 2016 21:58:23 +0000 http://www.greengalactic.com/?p=9429 All Is Fair GraphicIdly Bent presents the World Premiere of award winning Director-Playwright Reed Arnold’s new play, All Is Fair (or Oblivion Wrought), at the Dorie Theatre in Hollywood, CA, opening on Friday, April 8th for eleven performances through Sunday, April 24, 2016. This funny and thought-provoking play grapples with the thornier side of the emotions and ethics of love. All is Fair stars Arnold, Sarah Elizabeth Johnston, Michael Minto, and Ross Gallo. The play is written and directed by Arnold; set design is by Brian Cole; lighting design is by Rebecca Raines; and Zachary Zarvos is the stage manager. 

Idly Bent Presents The World Premiere Of
All Is Fair
(or Oblivion Wrought)
A New Play Written & Directed by Reed Arnold
Examining the Thornier Side of the Emotions & Ethics of Love
Dorie Theatre at The Complex in Hollywood
Friday, April 8 to Sunday, April 24, 2016
~ If All Is Fair, Then Nothing Is ~

LOS ANGELES, CA – March 10, 2016 – Idly Bent presents the World Premiere of award winning Director-Playwright Reed Arnold’s new play, All Is Fair (or Oblivion Wrought), at the Dorie Theatre in Hollywood, CA, opening on Friday, April 8th for eleven performances through Sunday, April 24, 2016. This funny and thought-provoking play grapples with the thornier side of the emotions and ethics of love. All is Fair stars Arnold, Sarah Elizabeth Johnston, Michael Minto, and Ross Gallo. The play is written and directed by Arnold; set design is by Brian Cole; lighting design is by Rebecca Raines; and Zachary Zarvos is the stage manager. For additional information, please visit the play’s website at allisfairplay.com.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances start at 8:00pm. Sunday performances start at 7:00pm. General admission tickets are $20 at the door (cash only), $14 online in advance, and “pay what you will” on Thursdays. Suggested minimum audience age is 16. The production will be staged at The Dorie Theatre at The Complex in the heart of Hollywood’s Theatre Row (6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038; 323-465-0383). Purchase online tickets here: allisfairplay.com/tickets.

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All Is Fair (or Oblivion Wrought) by Actor-Playwright Reed Arnold –
In the thought-provoking and funny All Is Fair, written and directed by Reed Arnold, Heather (Johnston) and Dan (Arnold) are two promising accounting consultants in Chicago. The coworkers spend long hours and late nights working together on their firm’s most challenging cases while trying to ignore the sparks flying between them, but when Heather gets engaged to her longtime boyfriend, they finally acknowledge their mutual attraction. Instead of dismissing it outright, they take an emotionally risky, professionally reckless, and morally fraught journey into the what-might-have-been.

Stomaching the teasing of Dan’s roommate Chris (Minto), who is dealing with trust issues in his own relationship, and avoiding the suspicions of Vince (Gallo), their boss ‘in title only,’ the two must make decisions about love, trust, pride, and passion as Heather’s wedding day looms ever closer. This poignant and provocative new play looks at the thornier side of the emotions and ethics of love and asks what beautiful and brutal things people do in its name. If it is indeed true that all is fair, then, in the end, nothing is.

Reed Arnold, Director, Playwright, & “Dan” –
Award-winning writer-actor Reed Arnold grew up in Oklahoma and started writing and acting in middle school. His first original production, For Better For Worse, was staged last year at Playhouse West for a 2-week run, which was extended to 6 weeks by popular demand. In Los Angeles, he has performed on-stage in Twelve Angry Men (Torrance Theatre Co.), Much Ado About Nothing (Manhattan Beach Theatre Co.), Romeo and Juliet (Colonials Shakespeare Co.), The Foreigner (Shepherd Boy Ensemble), and Whine and Dine (coming in March to The Sherry Theater). He also often collaborates with the YouTube comedy group Third String Kicker. Arnold trained in acting at Playhouse West and trained in improv at Upright Citizens Brigade. In 2016, he won the award for Best Actor in a Comedic Short and shared the award for Best Screenplay for a Comedic Short at the Playhouse West Film Festival for Dinner for Two. The film also won Best Comedy at Playhouse West. Arnold also won the 2011 award for Best Short Screenplay at the deadCenter Film Festival for Twelve Days.

Sarah Elizabeth Johnston, “Heather” – 
Sarah Elizabeth Johnston was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri. She studied acting at the Creative Actors Workshop with the late Scott-Arthur Allen and, after moving to Los Angeles, at Playhouse West with Jeff Goldblum, Robyn Cohen, Holly Gagnier, and Tony Savant. She has performed on stage in A Mixed Tape alongside Jonathan Lipnicki; Situationships; and the recent Bored Games, which was produced by her company LACA Entertainment and was featured in the Rattlestick West 2015 Fall Festival. Since signing with the Savage Agency, she has appeared in several commercials, including the “That’s So Gay” PSA featuring Hilary Duff; landed a guest-star spot opposite Eric Stonestreet in Nip/Tuck; starred in the feature film Richard Peter Johnson, for which she won Best Actress at the Playhouse West Film Festival; and also starred in the short Lost in Time, which is making its way around the festival circuit.

Michael Minto, “Chris” –
Michael Minto is a Los Angeles native actor and writer known for the films Deathbot, The Other Side, and Zombie Man. In addition to acting on the stage and in films, he can be found doing improv at Comedy Sportz, Upright Citizens Brigade, The Clubhouse, Improv Lab, IO West, and The Groundlings. Minto is in an online sketch group, 3Twins. Also a musician, he is a member of two-person improv band Guilt Feather with Matt Mattson.

Ross Gallo, “Vince” – 
Ross Gallo is an actor and writer, known for The Call, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and Where the Office Lies. He was last on stage in Circus Ugly at Atwater Village Theatre and Minor Conversations at Playhouse West. Additional movie and television credits include Careful What You Wish For and ABC’s What Would You Do? He has a supporting role in the upcoming film Mr. Right starring Anna Kendrick, which will have a theatrical premiere in New York City on April 6th, after a successful festival run.

Idly Bent –
Idly Bent was founded in 2012 in Charlottesville, Virginia by Anne Haney, Matthew Minnicino, and Reed Arnold. Since that time, the company’s creative spirit and ethos has spread to wherever its members have resided. Shows have been staged in Charlottesville, Washington D.C., New York City, and Los Angeles. The company was founded primarily to stage plays not easily pigeon-holed; that are both comedy and tragedy; that stimulate the brain as well as the heart; and challenge and delight the audience.

“As in a theatre, the eyes of men, after a well-graced actor leaves the stage, are idly bent on him that enters next…”
– Shakespeare, Richard II

Links –
All Is Fairallisfairplay.com
• Play’s Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/allisfairplay
All Is Fair Tickets – allisfairplay.com/tickets
• Facebook Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/1715185352030617
• Dorie Theatre – http://www.complexhollywood.com/space_dorie_theatre.php

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~ IN PRAISE OF REED ARNOLD’S PREVIOUS PRODUCTION ~

“Laugh out loud funny, thoughtful, and extremely well-acted… features excellent writing and witty ripostes.”
– Mary Mallory, The Tolucan Times

“Full of dramatic tension and dumbfounding wit… Not to be missed.”
– Juliana Jurenas, EntertainmentVoice.com

“Reed Arnold is an extraordinary writer. He takes us effortlessly through these particular moments in the lives of these particular characters, and we believe them. I believed everything they said… I left the theatre smiling and wanting to see more.”
– Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros, NohoArtsDistrict.com

“A great night of theatre. Wonderful writing, acting, and direction. So funny and so endearing. They nailed it in every way.”
– Hunt Lowry, producer The Last of the Mohicans, A Time to Kill, Donnie Darko

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All Is Fair 1 CabAll Is Fair cast [left-to-right]:
• Director-Playwright Reed Arnold (“Dan”) • Ross Gallo (“Vince”) • Michael Minto (”Chris”) • Sarah Elizabeth Johnston (“Heather”)
Photo credit: Ianna Vasale.

 

~ CALENDAR LISTING DETAILS ~

WHAT:
World Premiere of Reed Arnold’s new play, All Is Fair (or Oblivion Wrought)

WHEN:
Friday, April 8 through Sunday, April 24, 2016

WHERE:
Dorie Theatre at The Complex
6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038
323-465-0383
http://www.complexhollywood.com/space_dorie_theatre.php

SCHEDULE:
11 performances • Thu., Fri. and Sat. performances are at 8:00pm; Sun. performances are at 7:00pm
• Fri. 4/8
• Sat. 4/9
• Sun. 4/10 – 7:00pm
• Thu. 4/14
• Fri. 4/15
• Sat. 4/16
• Sun. 4/17 – 7:00pm
• Thu. 4/21
• Fri. 4/22
• Sat. 4/23
• Sun. 4/24 – 7:00pm

TICKETS:
General admission tickets are $20 at the door (cash only), $14 online in advance, and “pay what you will” on Thursdays.
allisfairplay.com/tickets

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Joe Tremaine Life Retrospective [35 Years of Pioneering Dance, Tour, Book, Documentary] http://www.greengalactic.com/2016/tremaine-35th-anniversary/ Sat, 27 Feb 2016 03:05:38 +0000 http://www.greengalactic.com/?p=9382 unnamed-8Based in Los Angeles, the internationally recognized Tremaine Dance Convention and Competition celebrates 35 years of inspiring young dancers with its continuing 2015-2016 National Tour across the United States, a star-studded 35th Annual Convention Gala Event and National Finals this summer in Orlando, a new book expected in June 2016, and the upcoming Behind the Curtain documentary scheduled for completion in 2017. Led by legendary and very busy choreographer/dance educator/performer Joe Tremaine, one of the most influential dance personalities in the country today, the innovative annual convention includes master dance classes with professional teachers/choreographers and competitive opportunities in approximately 24 U.S. cities for over 50,000 dancers each year from across the United States and around the world. Tremaine is well-known in the industry for performing, choreographing, and/or teaching dance to scores of celebrities including Paula Abdul, Christina Applegate, Cher, Helen Hunt, Gene Kelly, and Diana Ross, to name just a few.


Dance Legend Joe Tremaine’s
Tremaine Dance Convention and Competition
Celebrates 35 Years of Pioneering Dance Education
With National Tour, New Book, Upcoming Documentary,
And Gala National Finals Event in Orlando, FL
July 6-11, 2016
Tremaine Conventions Changed the Face of Dance Forever – Paving
the Way for the Current Dance Explosion; Still Going Strong

LOS ANGELES, CA – Based in Los Angeles, the internationally recognized Tremaine Dance Convention and Competition celebrates 35 years of inspiring young dancers with its continuing 2015-2016 National Tour across the United States, a star-studded 35th Annual Convention Gala Event and National Finals this summer in Orlando, a new book expected in June 2016, and the upcoming Behind the Curtain documentary scheduled for completion in 2017. Led by legendary and very busy choreographer/dance educator/performer Joe Tremaine, one of the most influential dance personalities in the country today, the innovative annual convention includes master dance classes with professional teachers/choreographers and competitive opportunities in approximately 24 U.S. cities for over 50,000 dancers each year from across the United States and around the world. Tremaine is well-known in the industry for performing, choreographing, and/or teaching dance to scores of celebrities including Paula Abdul, Christina Applegate, Cher, Helen Hunt, Gene Kelly, and Diana Ross, to name just a few. For additional information, please see http://www.tremainedance.com.

Tremaine is widely credited in the dance world as the catalyst for the current dance explosion, with the company’s pioneering events paving the way for the hundreds of dance conventions, competitions, and television shows that followed his early lead. The company’s mission is to further dance education in a positive and motivational environment with top professional choreographers and working dancers from Los Angeles and New York. Nearly two million dancers have been involved in Tremaine Dance Conventions and Competitions over the years. Tremaine, who believes everyone should get off their derrieres and dance, sees his life’s work not only as teaching and mentoring young dancers, but also teaching life skills. His motto: “Dance Training is Life Training.”

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“Dance education not only teaches vital technique, it also provides opportunities for hard work, goal setting and achievement, working in teams, handling disappointment, creating something beautiful, and developing lifelong friendships,” says Tremaine.

Founded in 1981, the multifaceted Tremaine Convention is in its 35th year of inspiring and training the next generation of dancers as they learn from the best in the industry. Cities on the current tour schedule include Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Greensboro, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, and Tulsa (see schedule below).

35th Annual Tremaine Convention Gala Event & National Finals –
The 35th Annual Tremaine Convention Gala Event and National Finals, set for Wednesday, July 6 through Monday, July 11, 2016 in Orlando, FL, is an action-packed week of daily classes, celebrity guests, competitions, special performances, awards, interviews, and special Q&A sessions. At this year’s milestone 35th anniversary event, the highpoint of the season, dancers who have placed in regional conventions throughout the 2015-2016 tour will vie for the prestigious $5000 “2016 National Performance of the Year” and “2016 National Dancer of the Year” honors. A “2016 National Teacher of the Year” will also be awarded.


unnamed (28)Tremaine 2015-16 35th Anniversary Tour Faculty: (clockwise from top)
Meghan Sanett, Keri LaGrand, Derrick Schrader, Tiffany Maher, Marty Dew, Colby Shinn,
Laurie Johnson, Tony Bellissimo and Joe Tremaine. Emily Zachary not pictured.
Photo courtesy Tremaine Dance Conventions

Participants will have the unique opportunity to meet and learn from high profile celebrities as well as dance industry leaders. The week will culminate in a red carpet gala event on Sunday, July 10, 2016, which will include an elegant black tie party, sit down dinner, awards ceremony, and live performances by competition winners and special guests. Guests dress to impress at this festive event.

For the first time ever, all former honorees, many with a Tremaine history, will be invited to this year’s extra special gala event. Past honorees include legendary entertainers Paula Abdul, Debbie Allen, Mitzi Gaynor, Nigel Lythgoe, Ann-Margret, Kenny Ortega, Chita Rivera, and Dick Van Dyke. Choreographers, directors, and dancers who have been honored in previous years include Josh Bergasse (Smash), Stephen “tWitch” Boss (So You Think You Can Dance), Carrie Ann Inaba (Dancing with the Stars), Jamie King (Madonna, Michael Jackson, Cirque du Soleil), Charles “Chucky” Klapow (High School Musical), Barry Lather (Emmy-nominated, MTV and Billboard award winner), Mia Michaels (So You Think You Can Dance), Dee Dee Wood (Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Sound of Music), and Zach Woodlee (Glee, Grease: Live).

Book –
Joe Tremaine and dancer, author, and blog talk radio host Laurie Johnson will share their wealth of knowledge with the world in a new book (title TBD) set for publication in June 2016. Written for parents, recreational dancers, professional dancers, and dance teachers, the practical book explores the art and craft of professional dance. It serves as a guide to navigating the dance world – what to expect and how to pursue a career in the field.

Behind the Curtain Documentary –
Behind the Curtain: An Untold Story of Dance, Dancers, and the Man Behind the Curtain takes a peek into the world of professional dance to explore the raw drive and passion of dance. The feature-length documentary focuses on Joe Tremaine, the man behind the curtain, a legend in the dance community who has influenced, trained, and mentored thousands of dance careers throughout the years. Tremaine, often referred to as the architect of the commercial dance world, has launched the careers of some of the most notable dancers of the past 35 years and is still going strong. His protégés have been in dance crews behind Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Pink, Rihanna, and Justin Timberlake. Some are world-renown choreographers, award-winning directors, producers, and creative directors. Tremaine Dance Conventions are also featured in the upcoming film. Behind the Curtain, currently in production, is scheduled for a 2017 release. The film is directed by Shane Valdes; produced by Lynn Givens; and co-produced by Shelli Margheritis.

Tour Schedule –
Considered the first of the “new breed” of touring dance educational programs, the Tremaine organization offers classes and competitions in approximately 25 cities annually. Award-winning choreographers and dance teachers are on the team in every city. The 35th Anniversary schedule includes upcoming dates for both the remaining Winter 2015-2016 season and the four big Summer 2016 conventions. Tour stops include:

Winter 2015-2016:

• Mar 5-6, 2016 • Cleveland, OH • Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
• Mar 12-13, 2016 • Tulsa, OK • Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center
• Mar 19-20, 2016 • Chicago, IL • Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel
• Apr 2-3, 2016 • Los Angeles, CA • Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel
• Apr 9-10, 2016 • Greensboro, NC • Sheraton Greensboro Hotel

Summer 2016:

• June 30 – July 2, 2016 • Dallas, TX • Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center • Convention & Cash Awards Competition
• July 6-11, 2016 • Orlando, FL • Renaissance Orlando Hotel at SeaWorld • 35th Annual Convention Gala Event, National Finals & Cash Awards Competition
• July 22-24, 2016 • New York, NY • Grand Hyatt New York • Convention & Cash Awards Competition
• July 29-31, 2016 • Las Vegas, NV • Alexis Park Resort • Convention & Cash Awards Competition

Tour stops listed above, which are structured around weekends, are for convention events unless otherwise noted. For online registration, please click here. Competition details are here.

unnamed (29)Tremaine 2015 Gala Event. Photo courtesy Tremaine Dance Conventions.

Joe Tremaine, Co-Founder & President –
Internationally acclaimed choreographer/educator/performer Joe Tremaine is one of the most influential dance personalities in the country today. He has worked on television, Broadway, film, and many stage-focused live events. A native of Oak Ridge, LA, he started dancing at age 4, started to teach dance in high school, and is still leading the way and going strong. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Northeast Louisiana University, he moved to New Orleans to train and perform with the New Orleans Ballet Association and the New Orleans Opera.

Tremaine ran his adult professional dance center for nearly 30 years in Los Angeles, starting in 1971. He became the president and co-founder of Tremaine Dance Conventions and Competitions in 1981. As the new organization grew, he stepped aside from his studio in order to devote more time to the conventions and competitions. Tremaine and his staff tour the country annually to about 25 cities, bringing professional choreography and teaching to over 50,000 dancers nationwide every year.

He was a June Taylor Dancer on The Jackie Gleason Show, danced in the movie Hello Dolly, and performed in Ed Sullivan Specials. He also served as a judge for the Miss Louisiana competition in 1999 and a preliminary judge for the Miss America Pageant in 1998. Tremaine has been honored with the prestigious Bob Fosse Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance Education. Other awards, to name just a few, include the Professional Dancers Society Award for Excellence in Dance Contributions, the Gus Giordano Lifetime Achievement Award, the Dance Educators of America Excellence in Jazz Dance Award, and, most recently in 2015, the Gene Kelly Legacy Award at the Dizzy Feet Gala for lifetime contributions to the field. Career Transitions for Dancers also recently honored Joe Tremaine as well as Tremaine Dance Conventions and Competitions for Outstanding Contributions to the World of Dance.

He is a current member of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance Board of Councilors. Tremaine has also been very active with the Professional Dancers Society in various roles over the years, including acting as the former Vice President, serving on the Board of Directors, and co-founding the organization’s scholarship fund.

Relativity School in Los Angeles, a film and performing arts college/university created with a major Hollywood studio, named its annual $25,000 commercial dance scholarship after Joe Tremaine. Every year, the scholarship is awarded to one freshman dancer/choreographer that demonstrates powerfully connected stories through dance.

Over the years, Tremaine has worked with many stars including Paula Abdul, Alan Alda, Christina Applegate, Selma Blair, Carol Burnett, Cher, Jamie Lee Curtis, Cameron Diaz,Jeff Goldblum, Joel Grey, Goldie Hawn, Bob Hope, Helen Hunt, Gene Kelly, Jerry Lewis, Liza Minnelli, Mary Tyler Moore, Olivia Newton-John, Donny Osmond, Diana Ross,Barbra Streisand, John Wayne, Raquel Welch, and many others.

Additionally, many of his students have gone on to professional careers as working dancers, dance teachers, and choreographers. International dance star and Emmy-winning choreographer Charles “Chucky” Klapow, a former student, describes Tremaine as, “the man who helped shape the pulse and energy of dance in LA, and in pop culture, into what it is today by giving so many of us a real gateway into the dance industry.”

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Julie Adler, Co-Founder & Vice President –
Julie Adler has worn many hats over the years. She was a dancer, teacher, studio owner, choreographer, and business entrepreneur. After raising her family and running six successful dance studios for many years, she partnered with Joe Tremaine to produce Tremaine Dance Conventions and Competitions.

Born in Detroit, Adler’s love for dance surfaced in an incident where she was taken to a Broadway-type musical. Sitting beside her mother in the theater, she suddenly disappeared, soon to be found up on stage dancing the Charleston with the performers. She began teaching dance lessons in her basement for twenty-five cents a lesson at age 12, then went on to tour local nightclubs in Detroit with Danny Thomas at age 13. She opened her first professional studio at age 17.

She and Tremaine partnered and, with great expectations, presented the first Tremaine Dance Convention at the Sheraton La Reina Hotel in Los Angeles in the fall of 1981. The early days of Tremaine Conventions began in Adler’s home in Granada Hills, CA. The bedroom was the office, the kitchen and dining room were for mailing and shipping, and the pantry and linen closet stored videos, albums, and t-shirts. Four years later, the budget allowed for a real office on Hamlin Street in Van Nuys, CA. Currently, the offices are in North Hollywood on Vineland Avenue. Tremaine Dance Conventions wouldn’t be where it is today without her tireless devotion and the countless hours of work she has spent on the company.

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An education-based convention, established in 1981 by Joe Tremaine and Julie Adler, the Tremaine Dance Convention and Competition fosters the love of dance. The highly engaged and accessible faculty, which includes top working professional choreographers, teachers, and dancers, gathers to conduct master dance classes for Teachers, Assistant Teachers, as well as Senior, Teen, and Junior dancers from across the United States and around the world. Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, and Open categories are included. (Ballroom is not included in the offerings.)

Tremaine conventions changed the landscape of dance education by implementing state of the art sound systems, dance floors, and high standards for participants. First and foremost, the emphasis is on education – classes are highly organized and structured. Exciting dance competitions are also a vital component of the events. Talented youth dance teams and individual dancers compete for highly coveted awards in each dance category. Each year just over $350,000 is awarded in scholarships to hundreds of students.

Links –
• Official Site – http://www.tremainedance.com
• 35th Season Faculty – http://www.tremainedance.com/faculty
• Online Registration – https://tremaine.mydanceregister.com/login.php
• Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TremaineDance
• Twitter – https://twitter.com/TREMAINEDANCE
• YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/THETremaineDanceCO
• Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/tremainedance

 

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– QUOTES  –

“(Joe Tremaine) taught me the meaning of passion and witnessed me falling in love for the first time with dance… I would not be who I am today without Joe Tremaine.”
– Paula Abdul, Entertainer

“Joe has been a fixture in the dance community for a long time… he elevated dance across the country…. he took things to another level.”
– Terry Lindholm, Go 2 Talent Agency

“If all of us were organized into a family tree of dance training and inspiration, most of us are very lucky to say that we’re related to (Joe Tremaine). Thanks Joe, ‘The Architect’ for setting the foundation for what dance truly is today.”
– Charles “Chucky” Klapow, Dancer-Choreographer

“What you do for young dancers and choreographers is truly amazing.”
– Florence Henderson, Entertainer

“(Tremaine Dance Conventions are) something that forever I will take with me and feel so grateful for.”
– Elizabeth Berkley, Entertainer

“Thanks for passing on the knowledge.”
– Barry Lather, Director-Choreographer-Dancer-Singer

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unnamed (30)Photo courtesy Tremaine Dance Conventions.

BITE-SIZED NUGGETS:

Joe Tremaine is an internationally-loved, legendary choreographer/dance educator/performer and mega-mentor.

Tremaine (the man & his company) is widely credited in the dance world as the catalyst for the current dance explosion, with the company’s pioneering events paving the way for the hundreds of dance conventions, competitions, and television shows that followed his early lead.

He has worked in television, Broadway, film, and many live events. A native of Oak Ridge, LA, he started dancing at age 4. He was a June Taylor Dancer on The Jackie Gleason Show, danced in the movie Hello Dolly, and performed in Ed Sullivan Specials. He also served as a judge for the Miss Louisiana competition and Miss America Pageant.

He has massively influenced the course of our modern-day commercial dance industry like no other!

Based in Los Angeles (North Hollywood), the internationally recognized Tremaine Dance Convention and Competition celebrates 35 years of inspiring young dancers in 2016.

A star-studded 35th Annual Convention Gala Event and National Finals will take place in Orlando in July.

Nearly 2,000,000 dancers have been involved in Tremaine Dance Conventions and Competitions over the years.

Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, and Open categories are included in Tremaine’s offerings.

“Thanks Joe, ‘The Architect,’ for setting the foundation for what dance truly is today.” – Charles Chucky Klapow (Emmy Award Winner, High School Musical)

The list of whom he has worked with is a Who’s Who of stars (e.g., dancers, choreographers, actors, singers, skaters, etc.), and entertainment industry folks alike (e.g., many of today’s top dance agents), including:

Gene KellyLiza MinnelliCherCarol BurnettAlan AldaChristina ApplegateSelma BlairJamie Lee CurtisCameron DiazJeff GoldblumJoel GreyGoldie HawnBob HopeHelen HuntJerry LewisMary Tyler MooreOlivia Newton-JohnDonny OsmondDiana RossBarbra StreisandJohn WayneRaquel Welch, and many others.

These dancers/choreographers cite Joe as a major influence/teacher/mentor/friend:

Paula AbdulAdam ShankmanStephen “tWitch” Boss (So You Think You Can Dance), Jamie King (Madonna, Michael Jackson, Cirque du Soleil), Charles “Chucky” Klapow (Emmy-winner, High School Musical), Barry Lather (Emmy-nominated, MTV and Billboard award winner), Zach Woodlee (Glee, Grease: Live), and on & on.

Still the one!

Not only is Joe Tremaine “The Architect” of the modern era of dance conventions & competitions and zillions of careers, his events are STILL the gold-standard for young dancers across America each year.

He raised the bar in the ‘70s (opened his professional dance center & studio) & ‘80s (co-founded Tremaine) and continues to be at the top of his field, which has seen the proliferation of some 200 conventions &/or competitions annually.

Joe himself still travels to each city (dozens) across America to teach dance & life skills to over 50,000 students every year.

Accessibility:

At the root of it all is Joe’s love for teaching and mentoring young dancers, not only with dance skills but LIFE skills. His motto: “Dance Training is Life Training.”

Joe AND his extraordinary career-active staff/teachers are more than willing to meet/talk/pose/email and remain friends with their students. They are there FOR the students and their futures.

All teachers are working choreographers.

Tremaine staff/teachers (every season!) are current working professionals in the entertainment world and between them they have collectively danced/choreographed/directed major concert tours (Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Gloria Estefan,…), TV shows (GleeThe VoiceSYTYCDDWTS,…), films, commercial, Emmy Awards, Grammy’s, and more.

They are active working members of the commercial entertainment industry (not every org. can boast this). They don’t just teach, they are living the dream WHILE teaching it.

Philanthropic:

Besides sharing their experience, talent, skills, love for dance and zest for life, each year just over $350,000 is awarded in Tremaine scholarships to hundreds of students.

Joe has also helped to create scholarship funds for other organizations close to his heart (such as the Professional Dancers Society).

Honored/Awarded:

Joe Tremaine sits on many boards and has been honored with the prestigious awards for decades.

Most recently, in 2015, Tremaine was given the Gene Kelly Legacy Award at the Dizzy Feet Gala for lifetime contributions to the field (Dizzy Feet was founded by Nigel Lythgoe & Adam Shankman in 2009). Career Transitions for Dancers also recently honored Joe Tremaine as well as Tremaine Dance Conventions and Competitions for Outstanding Contributions to the World of Dance.

He is a current member of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance Board of Councilors.

Relativity School in Los Angeles, a film and performing arts college/university created with a major Hollywood studio, named its annual $25,000 commercial dance scholarship after Joe Tremaine.

Videos:

Tremaine 2015 Gala Sizzle [3:17]
Paula Abdul’s Acceptance Speech from the Tremaine National Gala 2008 [9:21]
Paula Abdul interviewed on Entertainment Tonight about Tremaine Award [1:52]
• I have a great Dizzy Feet-produced “Tremaine Retrospective” video to share [1:29], just ask 🙂

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I Love Acid! http://www.greengalactic.com/2016/acid-test-10-john-tejada-tin-man/ Wed, 03 Feb 2016 08:29:41 +0000 http://www.greengalactic.com/?p=9365 JTtinmanAlbumThe latest missive from Acid Test has the label identifying with its hometown, Los Angeles, more than ever. LA-born Vienna resident and label mainstay Tin Man takes Vienna-born Angeleno resident John Tejada along for a four-track journey which dwells on the activity which defines life in the City of Angels: Driving. Opener “Swiftbox” is a perfect amalgam of Auvinen and Tejada’s respective styles— Tremulous 303 and complex minor key melodicism and deconstructed stabs. “Diamond Lanes” is another muscular acid cut with a subtle, swinging percussion. The Diamond Lanes in question can be used when you have a passenger in the car.

Whether a fan or a newbie, here for your listening pleasure are two takes on the acid (aka Roland TB-303 Base Line) sound.

MODERN –
Los Angeles-based record label Acid Test (a sub-label of Absurd Recordings) will release its 10th EP: a collaboration with Los Angeles-based John Tejada (born & raised in Vienna) and LA native Tin Man aka Johannes Auvinen (who resides in Vienna) on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 (vinyl and digital).

Acid Test 10 includes 4 tracks (3 original compositions + 1 remix by Achterbahn D’Amour). It is “a four-track journey that dwells on the activity which defines life in the City of Angels.”

Read about it on XLR8R and stream it there too (also scroll down).

VINTAGE –
In December, the label (Acid Test) hosted a night at LA-underground club Acid Camp featuring a live performance by Tin Man and a 2-hour all-vinyl old-school acid DJ set by Tejada.

Hear Tejada’s classic vinyl set (lots of ’80s gems):
https://soundcloud.com/acidcamp/acid-camp-vol-26-john-tejada

If you’re a member of the press or DJ, hit me up for the sound files &/or interviews with these gents.

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ARTIST: John Tejada + Tin Man

TITLE: Acid Test 10

LABEL: Acid Test (Absurd Recordings)

RELEASE DATE: 8 Feb. 2016

FORMATS:
12” & Mp3

Acid Test 10 / ASD026
UPC: 4260038311134

LISTEN:
https://soundcloud.com/absurd/sets/john-tejada-tin-man-acid-test-10

READ:
The latest missive from Acid Test has the label identifying with its hometown, Los Angeles, more than ever. LA-born Vienna resident and label mainstay Tin Man takes Vienna-born Angeleno resident John Tejada along for a four-track journey which dwells on the activity which defines life in the City of Angels: Driving. Opener “Swiftbox” is a perfect amalgam of Auvinen and Tejada’s respective styles— Tremulous 303 and complex minor key melodicism and deconstructed stabs. “Diamond Lanes” is another muscular acid cut with a subtle, swinging percussion. The Diamond Lanes in question can be used when you have a passenger in the car. When widescreen pads come in over jacking snares, you can picture the duo tearing through the iconic 2nd Street tunnel out onto the 10 West towards the ocean, leaving the city’s warehouse district in their wake. Label regulars Achterbahn D’amour reimagine “Diamond Lanes” as a skeletal electro roller with their remix version. The closer “Deep Traffic” is a bugged-out acid cut which captures the feeling of sitting alone in a crowd of autos, crawling towards eternal sunset.

TRACKLIST:

A1 – Swiftbox
A2 – Diamond Lanes
B1 – Diamond Lanes – Achterbahn D’Amour remix
B2 – Deep Traffic

LINKS:

Acid Test/Absurd Recordings –
http://www.absurdrecordings.com
https://www.facebook.com/Absurd.AcidTest

John Tejada –
http://paletterecordings.com
https://www.facebook.com/johntejadaofficial
https://twitter.com/johntejada
https://www.instagram.com/johntejadaofficial
http://www.kompakt.fm/artists/john_tejada

Tin Man –
http://www.tinmanmusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/TINMANMUSIC
https://soundcloud.com/tinman
https://hardwax.com/act/tin-man

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The Antigone Project at Getty Villa Auditorium Feb. 19-21, 2016 http://www.greengalactic.com/2016/the-antigone-project-getty-villa/ Thu, 28 Jan 2016 08:27:23 +0000 http://www.greengalactic.com/?p=9346 AntigoneFrontThe Getty Villa Theater Lab will continue its support of experimental interpretations of classical plays with four workshop performances of “intimate devised theatre duet” The Antigone Project February 19-21, 2016. This is the first collaboration between award winning theater-makers Annie Saunders (The Day Shall Declare It) and Becca Wolff (No Static at All, The Last Days of Mary Stuart). It is the second step in a three-part development process for The Antigone Project culminating in a site-specific performance on- and backstage at a historic theatre on Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles in spring 2016.

GettyVIlla

Wilderness and Tilted Field
Invite You to a Work in Progress of
The Antigone Project
An Intimate Devised Theater Duet
By Annie Saunders and Becca Wolff
The Getty Villa in Malibu, CA
Four Performances Fri. Feb. 19 – Sun. Feb. 21, 2016

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Developed With Support From
The San Francisco Playhouse and The Getty Villa
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Full Site-specific Production Planned for Downtown Los Angeles Summer 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA – January 28, 2016 – The Getty Villa Theater Lab will continue its support of experimental interpretations of classical plays with four workshop performances of “intimate devised theatre duet” The Antigone Project February 19-21, 2016. This is the first collaboration between award winning theater-makers Annie Saunders (The Day Shall Declare It) and Becca Wolff (No Static at All, The Last Days of Mary Stuart). It is the second step in a three-part development process for The Antigone Project culminating in a site-specific performance on- and backstage at a historic theatre on Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles in spring 2016.

The Antigone Project will take place in the Auditoriumat the Getty Villa and will run for four performances over the third weekend in February from Friday through Sunday, the 19th through 21st. Show times include Friday, February 19, at 8:00pm; Saturday, February 20, at 3:00pm and 8:00pm; and Sunday, February 21, at 3:00pm. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased by calling the Getty at 310-440-7300 or online by visiting its ticketing page. Advanced tickets required. The Auditorium at the Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272. For more information on this production please visit http://thisisthewilderness.com/portfolio/the-antigone-project.

Based on the three plays of Sophocles’ Oedipus Cycle, the workshop at the Getty places its two characters inside a massive childhood blanket fort. The piece marries Sophocles’ words with stories from the performers and audience’s own lives to explore the human dimension of the epic heroine Antigone and her brother Polynices in the wake of nearly unimaginable loss. The strange and the familiar intersect and entangle. Old West outlaw tales commingle with Greek Tragedy and illuminate stark realities about mourning, criminality, and the sibling bond in our contemporary world.

The Antigone Project was initially commissioned by the San Francisco Playhouse and is the first devised work to receive that honor. A developmental workshop there invited audiences behind the proscenium into the enormous, lofted, brick-walled backstage of S.F. Playhouse’s 1925 Gothic Revival Theater in December 2015.

The Antigone Project is currently exploring historic theatres with key partners in the Bringing Back Broadway initiative to bring a site-specific version of this performance to Downtown Los Angeles in spring 2016. This next production, staged in a historic movie house or theatre, will include sections performed for audiences both in the plush velvet seats as well as backstage, where the audience will join the performers inside the blanket fort. By transitioning small groups of audience members with timed entry from the traditional viewing space to the backstage, the audience will pass each other unknowingly, trade places and watch as Antigone’s private life becomes public, confronted by being both viewer and viewed.

While the workshops are not open to review, audiences at the Villa will be invited to share feedback directly with the creators and artistic team.

AntigoneFrontCAST & CREW:

• Becca Wolff • Co-Creator, Director
• Annie Saunders • Co-Creator, Performer
Max Hersey • Performer
John Zalewski • Sound Designer (Ovation Award Winner The Day Shall Declare It)
Melissa Trn • Costume Designer (Yale)
Chu-Hsuan Chang • Lighting Designer (CalArts, recently The Institute of Memory at REDCAT and Under the Radar at the Public Theater, New York)
Nina Caussa • Scenic Designer (CalArts, recently The Day Shall Declare It)
Ash Nichols • Production Manager (Cornerstone Theater Co core member, recently Hopscotch)
Christian Cagigal • Magic/Illusion Consultant (S.F., Theatre Bay Area Award Winner)
James Ard • Live Recording/Playback Designer (S.F.)AntigoneBack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT:

Becca Wolff, Tilted Field Produc tions –
Becca Wolff is a cross-media director committed to developing new forms and attracting new audiences to the theater. She is co-founder of Tilted Field Productions, named “Best Avant-Garde Rock Musical Theater Company” by LA Weekly in 2013. Work with Tilted Field includes The Last Days of Mary Stuart, an electro-opera she wrote with members of the band TONY and the World Premiere of Alex Knox’s one-man show No Static At All, which was named Best Solo Performance at the 2014 NYC and 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festivals. Other work includes the world premiere of Lauren Yee’s Hookman (Z Space/Encore), nominated for Theatre Bay Area’s 2015 award for Best Production of a Play. Other recent premieres include Sarah Gubbins’ The Kid Thing (New Conservatory Theater), Rocked By Women (Sarah Bush Dance Project) and Dan LeFranc’s Sixty Miles to Silverlake (IAMA Theater Company). She has worked a t The Public Theater (NYC), Trinity Repertory Theatre (RI), Shakespeare Santa Cruz and Yale Repertory Theatre, among others. Wolff is on faculty at Berkeley City College and Pixar University. She is a graduate of The New School, NYC and holds an MFA in Directing from Yale School of Drama.

Annie Saunders, Wilderness –
Annie Saunders is an experimental theatremaker, performer and founding artistic director of Wilderness, which has presented its site-responsive immersive physical theatre performance The Day Shall Declare It in a disused warehouse in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District with Los Angeles Performance Practice and in London with Theatre Delicatessen in the former BBC Studios and the Bush Theatre. The company has also presented Leaves of Grass, a work-in-progress about the look-alike phenomenon in couples, in the REDCAT Studio Series and is currently developing that project to tour. Wilderness also offers workshops and masterclasses in devising with text and movement and has recently taught these classes in Moscow, London and Los Angeles. In addition to her work with Wilderness, Saunders is a core collaborator and performer with Lars Jan’s Early Morning Opera, for which she has appeared in Holoscenes, The Institute of Memory (TIMe) and Abacus, and has devised and performed original work in the UK with Neil Bettles (Frantic Assembly, Thickskin) and Gemma Fairlie (RSC). She holds a BA and MA in literature and cultural studies from the University of London, and has trained at the Sanford Meisner Center for the Arts, the American Conservatory Theater and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Wilderness –
An experimental theatre company founded in 2011, Wilderness works internationally to push the envelope of the traditional theatre-going experience. Transforming disused, unexplored and uninhabited urban spaces, Wilderness creates experiential and interdisciplinary theatrical environments. In The Day Shall Declare It, audiences roam freely through the world of the play and multiple storylines create a unique multifaceted and intimate experience. In Los Angeles, Wilderness has received critical acclaim for Leaves of Grass, presented as part of the Studio Series at REDCAT, which uses text and movement to explore the biology of identity and the look-alike phenomenon in couples. In 2014, Wilderness taught master classes in devising theatre at Territoria International Festival in Moscow, alongside Declan Donnellan (Cheek by Jowl) and Dimitris Papaioannou. Wilderness previously presented The Day Shall Declare It to critical acclaim in an extended run at the abandoned BBC London Studios building in the West End. Madani Younis, the artistic director of the Bush Theatre in London, describes Wilderness as “a company of theatre-makers whose work will define a new generation of artists.”

Tilted Field –
Tilted Field is a theatrical lab for telling stories in bold new ways; we develop, create and produce these stories with the brave artists we’re committed to serving. Launched in 2010 under the leadership of Jacob Padrón and Becca Wolff, the company has supported, developed and produced award-winning works by its members and associate artists including Shana Cooper (The Unfortunates; Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Joe’s Pub), Alex Knox (No Static At All; “Outstanding Solo Show” NYC Fringe and Hollywood Fringe) and Becca Wolff (The Last Days of Mary Stuart; Son of Semele, LA Weekly’s “Best of LA” 2013). Along with The Antigone Project, the company is developing Odyssey: A Return to Love by JiYoun Chang. In her first work as a writer, theatrical designer JiYoun Chang explores the parallels of her own life and the immigrant exp erience with the story of Telemachus, the son Odysseus left behind. The piece has received developmental workshops at Drop Forge and Tool (Hudson, NY) and Pan Asian Rep (NYC).

The Villa Theater Lab at the Getty Villa –
The Villa Theater Lab series is an exciting forum for the reinterpretation of classical theater. Presented throughout the year in the Getty Villa Auditorium, the series features new translations of Greek and Roman plays as well as contemporary works inspired by ancient literature. The Villa Theater Lab is part of an innovative theater program at the Getty Villa, including the annual fall outdoor classical theater performance, which enhances the experience of the ancient world by connecting the J. Paul Getty Museum’s antiquities collection and changing exhibitions with live performances of classical drama onstage.

Visiting the Getty Villa –
The Getty Villa is open Wednesday through Monday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. It is closed Tuesday and most major holidays, open on July 4. Admission to the Getty Villa is always free, but a ticket is required for admission. Tickets can be ordered in advance, or on the day of your visit, at www.getty.edu/visit or by calling 310-440-7300. Parking is $15 per car, but reduced to $10 after 4:00pm. Groups of 15 or more must make reservations by phone. For more information, call 310-440-7300 (English or Spanish); 310-440-7305 (TTY line for the deaf or hearing impaired). The Getty Villa is at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, California.

Links –
• The Antigone Project – http://thisisthewilderness.com/portfolio/the-antigone-project
• Event Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/1653581674904430
• Wilderness – http://thisisthewilderness.com
• Tilted Field – http://beccawolff.net/tilted-field
• Getty Event/Tickets – http://www.getty.edu/visit/cal/events/ev_846.html
• Getty Villa Theater Lab –http://www.getty.edu/museum/programs/performances/theater_lab.html

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Jerusalem Biennale 2015 continues in LA: Painter Sarah Horwitz featured at Platt & Borstein http://www.greengalactic.com/2015/painter-sarah-horwitz/ Tue, 17 Nov 2015 03:59:38 +0000 http://www.greengalactic.com/?p=9331 SarahPaintContemporary Los Angeles painter Sarah Horwitz is featured in 7,567mi, Los Angeles to Jerusalem, part of the international 2nd Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art. Horwitz’s work is on display through Sunday, December 20, 2015 at Platt and Borstein Galleries in Bel Air, CA, one of three venues in LA that make up the 7,567mi exhibit, which is presented by the Jewish Artists Initiative (JAI) of Southern California. As part of Jerusalem Biennale 2015, the 7,567mi exhibition examines the Jewish connection between Los Angeles and Israel from diverse vantage points by posing the question: “What does it mean to be Jewish in Los Angeles in the 21st century?” This year, the international Biennale is hosting exhibitions in Jerusalem, New York, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, and Los Angeles.

Contemporary Los Angeles Painter Sarah Horwitz
Featured in
7,567mi, Los Angeles to Jerusalem
Part of the 2nd Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art
At Platt and Borstein Galleries
In Bel Air, CA

LOS ANGELES, CA – November 16, 2015 – Contemporary Los Angeles painter Sarah Horwitz is featured in 7,567mi, Los Angeles to Jerusalem, part of the international 2nd Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art. Horwitz’s work is on display through Sunday, December 20, 2015 at Platt and Borstein Galleries in Bel Air, CA, one of three venues in LA that make up the 7,567mi exhibit, which is presented by the Jewish Artists Initiative (JAI) of Southern California. As part of Jerusalem Biennale 2015, the 7,567mi exhibition examines the Jewish connection between Los Angeles and Israel from diverse vantage points by posing the question: “What does it mean to be Jewish in Los Angeles in the 21st century?” This year, the international Biennale is hosting exhibitions in Jerusalem, New York, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, and Los Angeles. Platt and Borstein Galleries, located at American Jewish University (15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air, CA 90077; 310-476-9777 ext. 201), across from the Skirball Cultural Center, is open Sundays though Thursdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm and on Fridays from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Free parking is available. For additional information, please visit the artist’s site at http://www.sdhorwitz.com.

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Sarah Horwitz’s work explores universal themes of matter and spirit related to compelling social, political, and environmental challenges within the world today. Her lush oil on wood paintings depict earth, air, fire, and water as liminal sites of perception. Abstraction combined with representation creates an impossible place between physical and spiritual planes, navigating between dream and consciousness, physicality, and spirituality.

Horwitz’s paintings present a dichotomy between optimism and danger – within the individual and society as a whole. “Rimon” (Pomegranate) simultaneously portrays violence and unrest while embracing hope, as the seeds of redemption are spread throughout the world. Exploding in mid-air like a grenade against turbulent water and sky is a blood red pomegranate, which can be sweet or sour and is widely cultivated in the Middle East for its nutritional and healing properties. Across many cultures, the pomegranate symbolizes fertility and prosperity. The fruit is also said to have 613 seeds corresponding to the 613 mitzvot (or commandments) of the Torah. These commandments are known in the Jewish faith as the tools for ushering in the era of enduring world peace.

While rooted in Jewish mysticism, Horwitz’s art is open to a multiplicity of meaning, offering viewers the autonomy to explore and interpret the works within their own belief systems and frames of reference.

Her art exists in the margins between binaries – where struggle and peace coexist, where destruction, creation, and transformation are all possible. Ultimately, Horwitz’s work is hopeful, offering up the potential for transcendent moments as an inspiration for embracing the challenges of the human condition.

Sarah Horwitz
Sarah Horwitz* is a contemporary painter who has exhibited her work locally and nationally. Solo shows include Perimeter Gallery in Chicago, the Chicago Cultural Center (sponsored by a grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs), and Gramercy Fine Art in New York. Her work has also been repeatedly included in the International Art Expo in Chicago, where she lived before moving to Los Angeles. Horwitz’s works are in the collection of Fidelity Investments in Boston as well as in private collections in the US and Europe. Where Chicago Magazine, Chicago Sun Times, and New Art Examiner have written about her work. Horwitz taught as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the BFA program at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago for ten years. She received a BS in film from Boston University and an MFA in painting and drawing from The University of Iowa. She was raised in Northern New Jersey, where she first experienced profound transcendent moments in nature. Horwitz currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

*Sarah Horwitz (aka Dana Garner) was given the name Sarah at birth along with the name Dana. Like many post-Holocaust Jews, she decided later in adulthood to use her Hebrew name, Sarah.

2nd Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art
The 2nd Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art opened a day after Yom Kippur in Jerusalem, running for six weeks until Thursday, November 5, 2015. Extending its reach overseas this year, for the first time, the Biennale is also hosting exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, and Barcelona. The Jerusalem Biennale is dedicated to exploring the places in which contemporary art and the Jewish world of content meet. It is a stage for professional artists, who create today and refer in their work to Jewish thought, spirit, tradition, or experience. The Biennale also explores the possibility of expanding the concept of Jewish Art, beyond the field of Judaica, to mediums such as photography, video art, installation, and performance.

7,567mi, Los Angeles to Jerusalem
In conjunction with the Biennale, 7,567mi, Los Angeles to Jerusalem takes a look at the physical, spiritual, and cultural connections between Los Angeles and Jerusalem. Despite the 7,567 miles that separate Los Angeles and Jerusalem, the two cities share a great deal in common. Each is, in its own way, a promised land that beckons people to come with the possibility of dreams realized, prayers answered, and opportunities for new beginnings.

In addition to Sarah Horwitz, the artists featured at Platt and Bornstein Galleries as part of 7,567mi, Los Angeles to Jerusalem are: Pat Berger, Judy Dekel, Carol Es, Karen Frimkess Wolff, Shelley Gazin, Carol Goldmark, Eva Hyam, Karen Koblitz, Soraya Sarah Nazarian, Debra Sokolow, and Harriet Zeitlin. All participating artists are members of the Jewish Artists Initiative of Southern California.

The 7,567mi exhibit also extends into two additional gallery spaces in Los Angeles: Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion and University of Southern California Hillel Jewish Center. 7,567mi is co-curated by Georgia Freedman-Harvey, Platt and Borstein Curator at American Jewish University, and Anne Hromadka, Curator at Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles.

Jewish Artists Initiative of Southern California
Created and run by Ruth Weisberg, the Jewish Artists Initiative (JAI) of Southern California is a membership organization made up of over 85 Jewish artists and curators who are committed to fostering visual art and promoting dialogue about Jewish identity in the arts community. 39 members of the organization were selected to participate in 7,567mi as the LA facet of the Jerusalem Biennale.

Platt and Borstein Galleries
Platt and Borstein Galleries at American Jewish University present exhibitions and educational programs in the visual arts. Selected Jewish and non-Jewish artists bring insight into current trends as well as historical perspective to community life. The galleries provide a valuable component to the educational goals of American Jewish University.

Links
• Sarah Horwitz Official Site – http://www.sdhorwitz.com
7,567mi Press Release – http://jaisocal.org/sites/default/files/JAI-Jeru2LA-PR-2015.pdf
• Jewish Artists Initiative of Southern California – http://www.jaisocal.org
Jerusalem Biennale 2015http://www.jerusalembiennale.org/2015
• Platt and Borstein Galleries – http://aboutus.aju.edu/?id=7197

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Sarah Horwitz Rimon (Pomegranate) 34” x 24” • oil on wood • 2015

Sarah Horwitz
Rimon (Pomegranate)
34” x 24” • oil on wood • 2015

 

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Angel City Chorale’s ‘Sing Joy’ – Sat. 12/5 & Sun. 12/6 – Holiday Concert in LA http://www.greengalactic.com/2015/acc-sing-joy/ Thu, 12 Nov 2015 23:03:44 +0000 http://www.greengalactic.com/?p=9298
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(ACC), the acclaimed Los Angeles choir led by Artistic Director Sue Fink, will kickoff the holidays with its festive annual winter concert and sing-along, which takes place the first weekend in December at the Wilshire United Methodist Church in Los Angeles. This year’s 22nd edition, Sing Joy, will entertain audiences over two very special nights on Saturday, December 5, and
 Sunday, December 6, 2015. The concert will feature seasonal favorites that echo the diversity of Los Angeles with selections from African, Jewish, Middle Eastern, South American, British, as well as American holiday traditions. Audiences will also get the chance to join in with the choir on familiar carols.

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For Immediate Release:

Angel City Chorale
Celebrates the Holidays With
Sing Joy
22nd Annual Concert & Sing-Along
In Los Angeles for Two Special Evenings
Saturday, December 5 & Sunday, December 6, 2015

 

LOS ANGELES, CA – November 12, 2015
 – Angel City Chorale (ACC), the acclaimed Los Angeles choir led by Artistic Director Sue Fink, will kickoff the holidays with its festive annual winter concert and sing-along, which takes place the first weekend in December at the Wilshire United Methodist Church in Los Angeles. This year’s 22nd edition, Sing Joy, will entertain audiences over two very special nights on Saturday, December 5, and
 Sunday, December 6, 2015. The concert will feature seasonal favorites that echo the diversity of Los Angeles with selections from African, Jewish, Middle Eastern, South American, British, as well as American holiday traditions. Audiences will also get the chance to join in with the choir on familiar carols. Both performances start at 7:00pm and include a 15-minute intermission. A dessert reception follows each performance. For additional information on ACC, please visit www.angelcitychorale.org or call 310-943-9231.

ACC’s Sing Joy tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Children’s tickets (ages 5-12) are $22 and seniors are $27 (both in advance and at the door). Preferred front-of-house seating may be reserved online for $50 in advance and $55 at the door; children’s preferred tickets are $42/$47; and seniors’ preferred seats are $47/52. VIP tickets (all categories) are $75. Advance tickets are available here. Online ticket sales close at 10:00pm on the day prior to each show. Same day tickets may be purchased at the door. Wilshire United Methodist Church is located at 4350 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010 
(between Highland Ave. and Wilton Pl.; map). Free parking is available at the venue and on neighborhood streets. Early arrival is strongly encouraged.

“Our concerts jumpstart the holiday season with the sheer power of 150+ joyous voices raised in song, amazing soloists, an incredibly talented live orchestra, and a diverse selection of soul-stirring music,” says ACC’s Fink, adding, “Together, these elements will combine for a very special celebration of Los Angeles’s unity in diversity, across the rich cultures and belief systems that make our multicultural city particularly unique.”

Sing Joy
Sing Joy is a border-crossing journey of festive holiday music in ACC’s sophisticated blend of styles, from classical and traditional to spirited contemporary and R&B. The concert will feature holiday favorites that echo the diversity of Los Angeles. In addition to popular American songs, African, Jewish, Middle Eastern, South American, and British traditions are also represented in a joyful musical montage.

This season’s song selection ranges from Vivaldi to Pentatonix. Audiences will also have the chance to lift their voices in song with the 150+ member ACC and its instrumental ensemble on familiar carols. Traveling through time and around the globe, Sing Joy has something for everyone: crossing centuries, musical borders, and rich cultural traditions.

Praised by music writer and producer T-Bone Burnett as “one of the most engaging and entertaining evenings of music you can hear in Los Angeles,” Angel City Chorale’s concerts are appreciated by Angelenos for the choir’s signature blend of music styles, unexpected humor, and contagious warmth.

Additional ACC News –

UK TOUR: Choir members will reunite with Christopher Tin on their upcoming UK tour in July 2016, where they will perform The Drop That Contained the Sea as well as movements from his Grammy-winning classical crossover album, Calling All Dawns. Tour dates include a stop at Cadogan Hall in Chelsea, where ACC will perform with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally, the choir will perform at the prestigious Harrogate Music Festival and the Barbican Centre in York. Also while in England, ACC is excited to record at Abbey Road Studios with Christopher Tin on his new album. The work is set to premiere at an upcoming ACC concert.
RAFFLE: To help fund ACC’s ambitious UK tour, the choir is holding a drawing for a vacation package to the Hawaiian island of Kauai. To support the choir by purchasing a raffle ticket, please see all the details here. Tickets are $25 and on sale now through Sunday, December 6, 2015.
TOUR OF HOPE: Every year, during the holiday season, the choir performs concerts at homeless shelters, nursing homes, hospitals, and other community support facilities. This year’s Tour of Hope will take place on Saturday, December 12, 2015. The tour will make stops at Los Angeles Catholic Worker on Skid Row, the Downtown Women’s Center, the LAMP Community,Hollenbeck Palms, and St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church.

Sue Fink, ACC Founder and Artistic Director –
As founder, artistic director, and conductor, Sue Fink brings a dynamic energy to ACC that distinguishes it from other choral groups. Fink attended UCLA and also studied conducting and toured with internationally renowned musician/choral director Roger Wagner. She established the Oriana Renaissance Ensemble and the Los Angeles Women’s Community Chorus, serving as conductor for both groups prior to founding Angel City Chorale. As a singer-songwriter, she has toured extensively, recorded albums, and won international songwriting contests. She maintains a private voice studio in Los Angeles, composes and arranges for choral groups, and writes songs for television and film. As a respected vocal coach, Fink has worked with well-known recording artists including Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys), Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Weezer, the Foo Fighters, and more. She has released two full-length solo albums and four with ACC.

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo courtesy Angel City Chorale

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo courtesy Angel City Chorale

Angel City Chorale –
Angel City Chorale, conducted by Founder/Artistic Director Sue Fink, is a multitalented, multicultural group of more than 150 men and women that truly reflects the spirit of Los Angeles, the city it calls home. Recognized for its signature blend of musical styles and commitment to community, Angel City Chorale strives to give back to the Los Angeles community through the gift of song, donations, and volunteerism. Offering a diverse selection of musical material including classical, jazz, folk, gospel, rhythm and blues, and more, ACC performs two concerts seasonally, in spring and winter, to standing-room only crowds at the historic Wilshire United Methodist Church. ACC has also performed at a variety of venues from the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles to Carnegie Hall in New York; appeared on national television; sung with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and worked with artists including Stevie Wonder, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Luther Vandross, and Natasha Bedingfield. ACC’s associate conductor is Dan Barnett and the choir’s principal accompanists are Mark McCormick and Gordon Glor.

ACC, which was formed by Fink in 1993, has recorded four highly acclaimed albums, which are available on CD through various online retailers found here. The choir was also featured throughout Grammy-winning composer Christopher Tin’s 2014 album, The Drop That Contained the Sea. The album debuted at number one on Billboard Music‘s Traditional Classical Albums chart. ACC performed on 7 of 10 tracks. The choir works often with Tin, both in the studio and collaborating on live performances.

As a way of giving back to the Los Angeles community, each year in December, around 100 members of Angel City Chorale also participate in the organization’s Tour of Hope, where the singers take a full program on the road, performing concerts for the homeless, elderly, and others who could genuinely benefit from an infusion of holiday spirit.

Wilshire United Methodist Church –
Located at Wilshire and Plymouth in the Mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles, the Wilshire United Methodist Church first opened its doors on May 24, 1925. Its storied history is woven into the fabric of the Los Angeles community and the multiethnic ministries it serves. Jeanette MacDonald and Shirley Temple each had marriage ceremonies in the church. The church building, reflecting Gothic and Italian styles, has been designated as a historical monument by the Los Angeles City Council. The facade was inspired by the Church of St. Francis at Brescia in Italy and the tower found its genesis in the Torracio of Cremona, near Milan. For more information, please visit www.ewilshireumc.org.

Links –
• Angel City Chorale – http://www.angelcitychorale.org
Sing Joy Tickets – http://angelcitychorale.org/concerts-events/sing-joy
Sing Joy Facebook Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/415629121981548
• Angel City Chorale on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/AngelCityChorale
• Angel City Chorale Press Kit – http://angelcitychorale.org/news-media
• Angel City Chorale on YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/user/AngelCityChorale
• Angel City Chorale on Twitter – https://twitter.com/AngelCityChoral
• Angel City Chorale on SoundCloud – https://soundcloud.com/angelcitychorale

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 “Angel City Chorale has taken the near lost art of a vocal chorale and enhanced such musically expressed sounds for the new millennium. Its unique arrangements as led by its lead conductor Sue Fink, brings out the sonancy of its many voices to its own peerless and appealing style, from performing a ‘greatest hit’ from the 16th century, to a new standard for the 21st. This assembly can do it all. ACC keeps this spirit of song going for all ages to learn and appreciate. It’s not just for ‘church’ anymore!!”

– Rich Borowy, Accessibly Live Off-Line

“Their rendition of ‘Baba Yetu’ was excellent! They turned it into a slow gospel number… totally unexpected, but really effective.”

– Christopher Tin, Grammy Award-Winning Composer of “Baba Yetu”

“The Angel City Chorale offered warm performances of (Morten) Lauridsen’s ‘O Magnum Mysterium’ and ‘Sure on This Shining Night,’ which have the essence of old music made shiningly new.”

– Mark Swed, the Los Angeles Times

***** “The Angel City Chorale warmly and generously gives our bustling city of angels a message of hope and meaning at this season, performing concerts in their annual Holiday Tour of Hope, bringing joy to those in our community, who need it most.”

– Bonnie Priever, LA Musical Theater Examiner

“This audacious event captivated and brought a joyous and rollicking audience to their feet with a stunning array of music and singing fit for royalty…”

– Anthony McBride, Valley Scene Magazine

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12-Day, City-Wide “VisionLA ’15 Climate Action Arts Festival” [Mon. 11/30 – Fri. 12/11] http://www.greengalactic.com/2015/visionla-15-climate-action-arts-festival/ Wed, 04 Nov 2015 23:09:21 +0000 http://www.greengalactic.com/?p=9259 unnamed (23)In response to increasing concerns about the future of the planet due to global warming, Los Angeles artists and arts organizations are uniting for VisionLA ’15 Climate Action Arts Festival, a citywide climate-focused arts festival celebrating the power of art to make change. Happening throughout the greater Los Angeles area from Monday, November 30 to Friday, December 11, 2015, VisionLA ‘15 aims to stimulate a creative response to the climate crisis through arts engagement. The Los Angeles-based multidisciplinary festival has been timed to coincide with the United Nations 21st Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris and is inspired by the concurrent ArtCOP21, a Paris-wide arts festival expressing support for a strong international climate treaty and positive, sustainable change.

LA Artists and Arts Organizations Unite for
VisionLA ’15 Climate Action Arts Festival
A Citywide Celebration of the Power of Art to Make Change
In Venues Throughout the Greater LA Area
Monday, November 30 – Friday, December 11, 2015
In Association with ArtCOP21 and SoCal 350 Climate Action

LOS ANGELES, CA – November 4, 2015 – In response to increasing concerns about the future of the planet due to global warming, Los Angeles artists and arts organizations are uniting for VisionLA ’15 Climate Action Arts Festival, a citywide climate-focused arts festival celebrating the power of art to make change. Happening throughout the greater Los Angeles area from Monday, November 30 to Friday, December 11, 2015, VisionLA ‘15 aims to stimulate a creative response to the climate crisis through arts engagement. The Los Angeles-based multidisciplinary festival has been timed to coincide with the United Nations 21st Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris and is inspired by the concurrent ArtCOP21, a Paris-wide arts festival expressing support for a strong international climate treaty and positive, sustainable change.

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VisionLA ’15, the first festival of its kind in the Los Angeles area, is co-executive produced by Cheryl Slean and Guy Zimmerman in association with SoCal 350 Climate Action, the Los Angeles branch of environmentalist Bill McKibben’s 350.org climate activist organization, and Arts Earth Partnership. Events will be held in venues, city streets, public parks, river sites, galleries, and storefronts. The Festival and key partner, SoCal 350 Climate Action, will prepare educational and outreach materials to be presented at participating events to grow public awareness and enthusiasm for a strong and timely response to global warming. For additional information on the Festival, please visit http://visionlafest.org.

VisionLA ’15
Participating VisionLA ‘15 projects range from installations and performances interacting with the public space to formal gallery shows; from theatre and dance pieces to concerts, readings, films, street art, and pop-up art; as well as climate change-related lectures, workshops, and presentations.

Among the special events/programs being presented by the Festival are:

VisionLA ’15 presents Art Makes Change, a group exhibition of 60 local artists, featuring over 200 environmentally-themed works in a pop-up gallery running the entire length of the festival. [Art]
• Concert for the Climate, a classical and new music event at the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles featuring Vicki Ray, the Street Symphony featuring members of the LA Philharmonic, performers from the LA Opera, and Don Preston (of the Mothers of Invention) performing on organ. [Music]
The VisionLA ‘15 Film Series at the Helms Design Center in Culver City, the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, and other venues, will screen 20 environmentally-themed documentary shorts and features, including 100 Mules Walking the LA Aqueduct, an exclusive simulcast with the Discovery Channel’s broadcast premiere of Racing Extinction, Merchants of Doubt, Soil Carbon Cowboys, Standing on Sacred Ground, student-made Green Shorts from Pomona College, The Breach, The Monsanto Years, The True Cost, The Wisdom to Survive, as well as other selections. Many of the filmmakers and other special guests will attend the screenings. [Film]
Envision – VisionLA ’15 Closing Celebration hosted by Arts Earth Partnership, featuring poetry by LA Poet Laureate Luis Rodriguez, music by DJ Jedi, and an installation dance/concert by String Theory at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes. [Performance/Music]

VisionLA ‘15 presents Art Makes Change, a group exhibition of 60 local artists whose work strives to bring awareness to the climate crisis through various fine art mediums. The show will feature over 200 pieces of fine art, sculpture, photography and site-specific installations that inspire, provoke, confront and bring to light the many issues plaguing our world today. All works are for sale. Co-curated by Dale Youngman and Lilli Muller, two long-time Downtown curators, the exhibit – split into four themes of EARTH, WATER, RECYCLE and AWARENESS – illustrate how art can create and promote change by focusing on environmental topics including sustainability, reducing emissions, the California drought, ocean pollution, endangered species, activism, etc., while also reminding us of the beauty of the planet we need to protect.

Participating artists in the Art Makes Change group exhibit include:

Jacki Apple, Clara Berta, Om Bleicher, Qathryn Brehm, Bill Brewer, Gary Brewer, Wini Brewer, Wanda Boudreaux, Mark Brosmer, Nathan Cartwright, Michael Carrier, Morgan Chavoshi, Steven David, Ben Dewell, Karen Fiorito, Nicole Fournier, Barbara Fritsche, Anyes Galliani, Tom Garner, Brian Goodman, Patrick Haemmerlein, Michael Hayden, Erin Hansen, Sean Sobczak, William Hogan, Dave Knudsen, Jonna Lee, Aline Mare, Rick Mendoza, Colette Miller, Lilli Muller, Billy Pacek, Monica Mader, Rebecca Molayem, Michael Mollette, Jen Moore, Pamela Mower-Conner, Julie Orr, Miguel Osuna, Vinnie Picardi, Naomi Pitcairn, Jena Priebe, Catherine Ruane, Robert Rosenblum, Osceola Refetoff, Louise Russell, Elizabeth Saveri, Gwen Samuels, Winston Secrest, Moses Seenarine, Karen Sikie, Anna Stump, Jill Sykes, Rachel Van Der Pol, Andrea Villefane, Geoffry D. White, Rush White, Tami Wood, and Alexandra Underhill.

The Art Makes Change exhibit – free and open to the public – will be open daily Dec. 1st through Dec. 10th from noon to 8:00pm, with a gala opening on Nov. 30 at the VisionLA ’15 Home Gallery (location TBD).

Among the dozens of diverse arts and related cultural projects that will be presented during the Festival, drawing a new kind of attention to climate change, are:

Chalkupy LA, a climate change community chalk art action, featuring an infographic designed by the Union of Concerned Scientists. [Community Action]
Coalition for Educational Justice’s and SoCal 350’s Student Art Fighting Climate Change community art-making event at Frank Romero’s art studio. [Art]
Diana Wyenn’s Compassio\N, mixed media performances that investigate the historical and contemporary uses, references, and definitions of compassion through the lens of climate change. [Performance]
Domestic Apocalypse, a performance piece providing event cleansing and consciousness purification. [Performance]
Dominique Moody‘s Nomad, a residence and art workshop that serves as a catalyst for conversations about the cultural, social, ecological, and economic challenges of our times at the California African American Museum. [Artist Residency/Assemblage Workshop]
Green City Workshops and Tour at the TreePeople Campus on topics such as Citizen Forestry-Tree Planting and Rainwater Harvesting. [Workshops]
Groundwork, a play by Mike Ostroski and Derek Davidson, which uses gardening as a metaphor for the journey to find meaning in life. [Theatre]
LAMudpeople, performing an improvisational “walkabout” at the LA River. [Performance]
Liquid Times, a multimedia staged reading of an epic, satirical romp on climate change by Brenda Varda. [Theatre]
MorYork Gallery, presenting Clare Graham’s artworks made from discarded materials. [Art]
Race to Waste, a humorous theatre piece that investigates the American home as ground zero for sustainability. [Theatre]
Thriving in a Hotter Los Angeles, a panel discussion the future of water use in LA at the Hammer Museum. [Panel Discussion]
William Close and the Earth Harp Collective’s Holiday Spectacular at City National Plaza. [Music/Installation]
Words to Save the World, poetry and prose at Beyond Baroque with an environmental theme. [Spoken Word]

The full VisionLA ’15 festival schedule will be announced soon at http://visionlafest.org.

Los Angeles as the Festival Site –
As ground zero of the automotive economy, Los Angeles has a unique contribution to make in devising better ways to live. VisionLA ‘15 has invited the local arts and sustainability community to get involved in this vitally important project. By engaging the international dialogue on climate change, imagining creative responses, and building momentum for change, artists and storytellers and their audiences have a crucial role to play. The creative sector is key to raising awareness, engaging broad communities and imaginatively exploring how to actualize a sustainable, just, zero-carbon future. Together we can transform the slow-motion crisis of climate change into an inspiring call to action and a remarkable opportunity for positive change.

“I feel that each of us needs to come to the challenging work of climate action through the communities and activities we love the most, and for me, that’s the Los Angeles arts scene,” says VisionLA Founder Cheryl Slean. “The Festival invites all Angelenos, art-makers, and art-lovers alike, to step out of the stasis of helplessness and engage in the climate issue through the joyful, inclusive, open door of art. Around the world, projects like VisionLA ‘15 and ArtCOP21 in Paris are creating the cultural narratives that will inspire us toward a thriving future for all.”

Participating Venues –
Festival hubs are the Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena), the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles (Koreatown), the Helms Design Center (Culver City), and VisionLA’s Home Gallery (DTLA). Additional venues include Against the Stream (East Hollywood), Amity Foundation (South Park), Beyond Baroque (Venice), California African American Museum (Exposition Park), California Institute of Technology (Pasadena), City National Plaza (DTLA), Erin Hanson Gallery (Elysian Valley), Hammer Museum (Westwood), La Plaza de Cultura y Artes (DTLA), MorYork Gallery (Highland Park), Pomona College (Pomona), Santa Monica Playhouse, Skylight Theatre (Los Feliz), Spoke Bicycle Café (Elysian Valley), The MET Theatre (Hollywood), Tod Lychkoff Art Gallery (DTLA), TreePeople Campus (Beverly Hills/Coldwater Canyon), Union Theater (Pico-Union), the Viaduct (LA River), and many others.

Organizational Partners –
Organizational partners and sponsors include Amity Foundation, Arts Earth Partnership, Climate Change Theatre Action, Climate Resolve, COlabs, Downtown LA Artwalk, HeatWave,LADADSpace, Otis School of Art and Design, Padua Playwrights, Refuge Recovery Centers, SoCal 350 Climate Action, and the Open Fist Theatre Company.

Cheryl Slean, VisionLA Fest Co-Executive Producer –
Cheryl Slean is a writer, filmmaker and educator exploring the intersection of the arts, sustainability, and contemplative practice. Her theatre history in Los Angeles goes back 25 years and includes dozens of award-winning shows as writer, director, producer, and actor. Her films have been programmed at over 50 international film festivals and received worldwide distribution. Recent theatre work includes two commissions from Seattle University and site-specific performance events in Koreatown and at the LA River.

Guy Zimmerman, VisionLA Fest Co-Executive Producer –
An award-winning writer, director, and producer, Zimmerman has served as artistic director of Padua Playwrights since 2001, where he has produced over forty productions of new work. He is currently completing a doctoral degree in Theatre and Dramatic Arts in the joint UC Irvine/UC San Diego PhD program and he has also received a graduate certificate in Urban Sustainability at Antioch University.

COP21
COP21 is the 21st Conference of Parties on Climate Change organized by the United Nations to establish cuts in carbon emissions across the globe. This year’s make-or-break international meeting will be held in Paris from Monday, November 30 through Friday, December 11, 2015. COP21 will be a crucial conference, aiming to make a strong statement about the need to limit global temperature rise to 2°C by 2100.

ArtCOP21
ArtCOP21 will connect hundreds of thousands of people to the climate challenge through an extensive global program of over 180 major public art installations, exhibitions, concerts, performances, talks, conferences, workshops, family events, and film screenings, taking place across Paris and around the world – with major events in 22 countries and counting. All of these events will highlight the need for governments meeting in Paris to support strong climate action and signal the end of the fossil fuel era.

 

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VisionLA ’15 Climate Action Arts Festival

The VisionLA Fest aims to engage the Los Angeles creative community in the international cultural dialogue on climate change, as the LA-based sister event to ArtCOP21. Based at “ground zero” of the automobile-centered way of life, LA’s arts community has a unique and creative role to play in transitioning to a just, sustainable society. The Festival invites artists to engage with climate and sustainability themes by presenting shows, performances, and events during the Paris time frame. VisionLA will function as curator, marketing umbrella, and aggregator, collecting citywide events in performing, visual, literary, dance, media, music, street, and public arts, as well as related cultural events, into a branded website with schedule, map, and information. Many events will also feature a climate action/education component appropriate to the venue.

VisionLA ’15 is sponsored by SoCal 350 Climate Action and Arts Earth Partnership.

SoCal 350 Climate Action –
SoCal 350 Climate Action is a coalition of individuals and groups from the Southern California area working together to fight climate change. Through collaboration, the organization aims to mobilize, support, and strengthen the efforts of different organizations and community members who are working toward solutions to dirty fuel dependence and who are battling the effects of global warming-caused climate disruption. VisionLA ’15 is sponsored by SoCal 350 Climate Action and Arts Earth Partnership.

Arts Earth Partnership
Arts Earth Partnership (AEP) is a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to harness the transformative power of the arts to help create sustainable cities. AEP is the first sustainable business certification program specifically for the arts and cultural sector in the world. The organization currently administers the green business certification programs for the arts and cultural sectors of Los Angeles and Santa Monica.

Get Involved –
Get involved at http://visionlafest.org/#get-involved.

“It’s time to actively put the genie of climate change back into the bottle,” says VisionLA Co-Executive Producer Guy Zimmerman. “By harnessing transformational magic of all kinds, including the power of art, together we can make the most of our moment in time.”

Links –
• VisionLA – http://visionlafest.org
• VisionLA on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/VisionLAFest
• Vision LA on Twitter – https://twitter.com/VisionLAFest
• VisionLA on Instagram – https://instagram.com/visionlafest
• SoCal 350 Climate Action – https://www.facebook.com/SoCal350
COP21http://www.cop21.gouv.fr/en
ArtCOP21http://www.artcop21.com

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For more information, photos, to schedule an interview, or request press passes, please contact Green Galactic’s Lynn Tejada at 213-840-1201, lynn@greengalactic.com.

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CALENDAR LISTING:

VisionLA ’15 Climate Action Arts Festival

Mon. November 30 to Fri. December 11, 2015

In Multiple Venues
Throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area

VisionLA ’15 is a citywide, climate-focused arts festival
celebrating the power of art to make change.

http://visionlafest.org

unnamed (23)Imagery from VisionLA ’15 Climate Action Arts Festival participants:
• Row 1: Ben Dewell, Gary Brewer, Liquid Times by Brenda Varda
• Row 2: DREMPELS by Evelyn Rudie, Lauren Bon’s 100 Mules Walking the Los Angeles AqueductJill Sykes [top white flower on green], Wini Brewer [middle: bees], Gwen Samuels [bottom: green pattern], Ron Zeno
• Row 3: Roberto Delgado, Aline Mare, Chalkupy, Union Theatre/The Velaslavasay Panorama
• Row 4: Osceola Refetoff, Jonna Lee, Brian Goodman
[request a hi-res version of collage via lynn@greengalactic.com]

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