Los Angeles Performance Practice Presents the LAX Festival

By: Oct. 04, 2018
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Los Angeles Performance Practice Presents the LAX Festival

Los Angeles Performance Practice presents its annual LAX Festival, which serves as a highly visible platform that supports hundreds of local artists each year, and reaches thousands of audience members in the greater Los Angeles area. The Los Angeles Exchange [LAX] Festival, 6th Ed. will run for ten days from Thursday, October 11 through Sunday, October 21, 2018 at participating venues around town. With performances and events that are geographically focused in and around Downtown L.A., the festival program hosts an eclectic array of contemporary performances by Los Angeles-based artists, presented in dialogue with works by guest artists from outside the city's limits. The 2018 LAX Festival is built on an exchange with artists, curators, and organizations in Philadelphia. Festival passes are $125, individual tickets for performances and events are $20. For more information, please visit https://performancepractice.la/festival. To purchase passes or tickets, please visit https://performancepractice.la/festival/tickets.

The Exchange

Beginning with last year's 5th anniversary edition, Los Angeles Performance Practice focuses each festival on an exchange platform with a specific city, thereby engaging artists, curators and organizations in performance presentations, dialogues and artist-to-artist interactions that are designed to cultivate mutual inquiry and long-term network development.

There are a number of ways to view the festival schedule:

• Events Arranged by Date - https://performancepractice.la/festival/schedule

• Events Arranged by Venue - https://performancepractice.la/festival/venues (see this order below)

• Events Arranged by Image - https://performancepractice.la/festival

The Los Angeles Exchange [LAX] Festival, 6th Ed. is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Center Theatre Group, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles County Arts Commission and Western States Arts Federation, along with generous individual donors. Additional support provided through partnerships with Automata Arts, Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles Theatre Center and Think Tank Gallery.

Festival Overview According to Venue and then Chronologically:

S H O W S A T. . .

Think Tank Gallery - 939 Maple Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90015

https://thinktank.gallery | https://www.facebook.com/ThinkTankGallery |

https://twitter.com/ThinkTankDTLA | https://www.instagram.com/thinktankdtla


Thu. Oct. 11 @ 9:00pm



featuring jumatatu m. poe + Jermone "Donte" Beacham

Please join us in launching this year's LAX Festival at Think Tank Gallery. This year's exchange is with artists and curators in Philadelphia, and we're so grateful to jumatatu m. poe and Jermone "Donte" Beacham for helping us kick things off. They'll be joined by DJ Erika Kayne, as well as other surprise guests!



Fri. Oct 12, Sat. Oct 13, Mon. Oct 15


Dorothy Dubrule & Brian Getnick

Set within a series of imagined backdrops, Cowboy creates a universe where their personally wrought personifications of dance and theater confront one another. Theater's Blue Clown and dance's Green Witch actively struggle to reflect, oppose, subsume and dominate each other. Their expansive play within real and imagined realms of hybridity serves to reveal the multifaceted nature of the relationship between theater and dance.


Dorothy Dubrule & Brian Getnick "Cowboy." Photo credit: Jared Dyer.

Sat. Oct. 13 - Sun. Oct. 21 - various days/times

I'm Very Into You

Sara Lyons

In 1995, the late, great feminist author Kathy Acker launched a heady, sexy email correspondence with media theorist McKenzie "Ken" Wark, following a steamy encounter. Director Sara Lyons gathers a local cast of feminist, queer and non-binary underground artists who embody this feverish exchange and examine the evolution of intimacy over the last two decades-via the internet, and through expanding queer expression.


Sun. Oct 14 @ 6:27am - continuing until sunset

Call It a Day

Greg Wohead

This day-long durational performance originates from a real encounter between two couples who spent an afternoon together one snowy day in rural Illinois. One liberal, one conservative. One progressive, one traditional. One faithless, one faithful. Wohead's recollected exchange-performed by Jessica Hanna, Mireya Lucio, Jesse Saler and Wohead-repeats on a continuous morphing loop, as it elicits a musical series of repetitions, transformations and ruptures.

Your ticket is good for the full day, and you are welcome to come, go and return as you wish.


Wed. Oct. 17 & Fri. Oct. 19


Daniel Corral

"This piece sounds like gamelan from Pluto-or maybe '70s Philip Glass as interpreted by Harry Partch on his Cloud-Chamber Bowls." - The Stranger

Polytope a multimedia microtonal performance for MIDI quartet. Performed entirely in darkness, it is a mesmerizing dance of silhouettes of fingers over colorful glowing MIDI buttons, captured on live feed video and projected large and bright as a moving, visual score.

Performed by Erin Barnes, Cory Beers, Daniel Corral, and Andrew Lessman.


Daniel Corral. Photo credit: Carl Pocket.

Thu. Oct 18 & Fri. Oct 19 @ 8:00pm

The Undergird (SOLO)

Meg Foley

Meg Foley's The undergird began as a solo about death and grief as bodily experiences, that expanded into a quintet to encompass the collective experience of loss. Now in its latest manifestation, Foley returns again to the solo form, with the residual influences of the people and processes the work has gathered across its life.


Sat. Oct. 20 @ 4:00pm


Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

Open Studio showing of Kosoko's work in-process Chameleon.


S H O W S A T. . .

Bootleg Theater - 2220 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057
https://www.bootlegtheater.org/theater | https://www.facebook.com/BootlegTheater |

https://twitter.com/bootlegtheater | https://www.instagram.com/bootlegtheater


Thu. Oct 11, Fri. Oct 12, Sun. Oct 14 @ 7:00pm

Procession Relic

Rebecca Bruno

Developed in collaboration with artist and composer Yann Novak, Procession Relic unfolds within an undulating atmosphere of sound and light. The work gathers a stellar ensemble of dancers-including Bruno, Alison D'Amato, Jordan Saenz and Flora Wiegmann-who utilize subtle constraints to draw attention to the body, the environment it inhabits, and the ways that each are perceived.

Made possible with support from the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator Artist in Residence Program.


Wed. Oct. 17 - Sat. Oct. 2, 20 @ 7:00pm

Until, Until, Until...

Edgar Arceneaux

Renown visual artist Edgar Arceneaux's first live work investigates the infamous 1981 performance given by Broadway legend Ben Vereen and televised nationally as part of Ronald Reagan's inaugural celebration. Arceneaux's mise-en-scene immerses the audience in the scenery of the presidential celebration, as it questions the truth of past narratives and creates an opportunity to reconsider our collective understanding of historic events.



Edgar Arceneaux "Until, Until, Until..." Photo credit: Robert Wedemeyer.

Thu. Oct. 18 @ 7:00pm


A collaboration between Jaamil Olawale Kosoko and Marica De Michele

This film traces the creation of Kosoko's 2015 work #negrophobia as it makes its debut in The Netherlands. It is a cinematic glimpse that attempts to make plain often-invisible systems of power, and explore how performance as an activist practice can help foreground and work through structural and systemic forms of violence and oppression, in particular as these relate to Black identities.


ALSO at THINK TANK GALLERY // Open Studio showing of Kosoko's work in-process Chameleon - Sat. Oct. 20 @ 4:00pm

S H O W S A T. . .

AUTOMATA - 504 Chung King Court, Los Angeles, CA 90012

http://www.automata-la.org | https://www.facebook.com/automata.losangeles


Thu. Oct. 11, Fri. Oct. 12, Sat. Oct. 13 @ 8:00pm

Object of Her Affection

Marsian De Lellis

This unconventional love story follows the emotional journey of one Andrea Lowe, a heroine whose sexuality reveals the way that objects quietly hold multiple personalities, and sometimes multiple hearts. From her first love-a baby's blanket-to adolescent dalliances with a bad-boy hunting rifle, Object of Her Affection tackles Andrea's romantic evolutions while exploring the synesthetic relationship between objects and humans.

PLUS more performances precede the Festival. Info at Automata-la.org.



Fri. Oct. 19 & Sat. Oct. 20 + Sat. Oct. 20 & Sun. Oct. 21

A Machine for Living

Susan Simpson

Susan Simpson's work of live sci-fi puppet cinema tells the tale of a Southern California artist who finds herself evolving into a highly advanced alien other. Pursued as a biological terrorist, she must decide her next steps, and possibly transform the human race.

PLUS more performances following the Festival through Nov. 4. Info at Automata-la.org.


Susan Simpson "A Machine for Living"

SHOW AT. . .

Los Angeles Theatre Center - 514 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
https://www.thelatc.org | https://www.facebook.com/theLATC |

https://twitter.com/thelatc | https://www.instagram.com/thelatc |


Fri. Oct 19, Sat, Oct 20, Sun, Oct at 21


Nichole Canuso, Lars Jan + Geoff Sobelle

Pandæmonium is a fever dream of the American West and a battle between the body and its image, the live and the mediated. A man and a woman remain isolated on opposite sides of the stage-yet their lives intersect in the projected space that divides them. Like all great tales, it is a love story, one that has inevitably been modified from its original version. It has been formatted to fit your screen.



O T H E R L O C A T I O N S. . .

Public Locations TBA

Fri. Oct. 12

Let 'im Move You: intervention

jumatatu m. poe + Jermone "Donte" Beacham

Part of the duo's seven-year collaborative research into J-Sette performance, Intervention activates multiple historically Black neighborhoods as it uses rhythm and precision as vehicles into subversion and satisfaction. On sidewalks and in alleyways, they reveal the powerfully singular expression within this highly regimented dance.


jumatatu m. poe & Jermone "Donte" Beacham. Photo credit: Chris Cameron.

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA)

Sat. Oct. 13 @ 3:00 - 5:00pm

Artists' talk with poe, Beacham and d. Sabela grimes

Documentation footage of Let 'im Move You: Intervention will be presented with an interactive conversation with the artists, moderated by b. Sabela grimes. Co-presented with Los Angeles Performance Practice / LAX Festival.


Los Angeles Performance Practice

Los Angeles Performance Practice (LAPP) is a non-profit organization devoted to the production and presentation of contemporary performance by artists whose work advances and challenges multi-disciplinary artistic practices. Our mission is to support a unique and diverse constellation of artists and audiences through the active creation and presentation of groundbreaking experiences that use innovative approaches to collaboration, technology and social engagement. Anchored in Los Angeles, our artists and projects have national and global reach. Across a range of platforms and partnerships, we build an active network of contemporary practitioners-curators and producers, artists and designers, audiences and patrons-all leveraged in service to the ideas and issues of our time.

LAX Festival Info - https://performancepractice.la/festival

LAX Festival Tickets - https://performancepractice.la/festival/tickets

• Los Angeles Performance Practice (LAPP) - https://performancepractice.la

• LAPP Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesPerformancePractice

• LAPP Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/la_performancepractice


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