5:30 pm Sean Griffin/Opera Povera
5:45 pm George Lugg/CalArts REDCAT Associate Director
6:15 pm Susan Simpson
6:30 pm Jesse Bonnell/Poor Dog Group
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POOR DOG GROUP: THE MURDER BALLAD
With a volatile mix of desire, jealousy and emancipatory yearning, Poor Dog Group’s latest movement-based work gives forceful physical life to Jelly Roll Morton’s legendary 1938 recording. Originally performed in the brothels of New Orleans’ steamy Storyville district, Morton’s song revels in the nastiness of its heroine’s voice, embodied here by Jessica Emmanuel, whose feral physical energy lays claim to the violent impulses of a woman betrayed. Directed by Jesse Bonnell, The Murder Ballad delves into the myth of female madness and racialized representations of sexuality.
OPERA POVERA: TO VALERIE SOLANAS AND MARILYN MONROE IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR DESPERATION
Opera Povera artistic director Sean Griffin and vocalist Juliana Snapper pay tribute to renowned composer Pauline Oliveros with an illuminatingly operatic staging of her score from 1970. Written shortly after she read Solanas’ SCUM Manifesto, Oliveros uses her title to connect the tragic lives of two iconic women, and through her wordless composition structurally evokes the feminist principles Manifesto sets forth. Griffin floods the stage with saturated light in a nuanced reflection of Oliveros’ timbral shifts, while Snapper’s powerfully vulnerable voice is visited by a luminous future-presence, offering the solace of future freedoms with palpable emotional force.
SUSAN SIMPSON: EXHIBIT A
In Exhibit A director and puppeteer Susan Simpson blends historical fact with speculative fiction to explore the convergence of radical visionaries that populated the hills of Silver Lake in the 1950s. Archival letters and journal entries delve into the lives of landmark figures, including Harry Hay and John Lautner, while unnamed alien visitors roam the transforming landscape. Using model replicas, green-screen video effects and live music by Pitch Like Masses, Simpson and her performers—both human and puppet—generate a moody, disorienting vision of an era of shifting consciousness that has profoundly shaped the present
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About the Author: CINDY MARIE JENKINS is a Storyteller based in Los Angeles. She hosts & broadcasts regular Arts Outreach Videos, experimenting with how technology unites independent artists with new audiences. Cindy co-hosts the weekly Web Series Watch, where she reviews web series and interview Creators and Innovators; her podcast Web Series Watchers just premiered on CSICON.net . Currently Outreach/Marketing Director for 24th STreet Theatre & Outreach/Social Media Consultant for The Help Group (named one of the Top Facebook Pages & Twitter Accounts to Follow for Special Education). Cindy has been on the Directors Lab West Steering Committee since 2011 and Resident Artist at The Indy Convergence since 2009. She has been a guest on LaLaLand Talk, In the Room, Angry Patrons, That Billy WIlson Show, Bitter Lemons Live & Digital Spill to discuss outreach, social marketing and audience development in live and web entertainment. She contributes to 24th ST Theatre's blog, Web Grandparent, Bitter Lemons, LAFPI, Theatre @ Boston Court, The Comics Observer, and previously contributed to ArtJob.org (Arts For LA), LA Stage Times, Atwater Village Now & The Inspired Classroom.