Thursday May 28 to Sunday May 31
REDCAT CalArts Center for contemporary arts will present the world premiere of The Institute of Memory (TIMe), a multi-media performance by director and media artist Lars Jan and his company Early Morning Opera.
At the intersection of theater, film and new media, TIMe is Lars Jan’s theatrical exploration of the blurring of short and long term memories, and how “remembering” is changing now and into the future.
Incorporating a multi-dimensional visual design, the performance draws from both emerging digital technologies and analog antiques notably visible in Jan’s use of a custom tailored mid-century typewriter transformed by artist Andrew Schneider into both musical instrument and functional lighting/sound/video board.
With two performers, high-tech 3D renderings, original music and a collage of found and composed text, TIMe traces the transformation of archives from physical to digital structures, and the corresponding evolution of national and personal remembering and privacy through the story of director Lars Jan’s father — an enigmatic Cold War operative and privacy-obsessed misanthrope.
Friday May 29 and Saturday May 30
Highways Performance Space presents GUSH, five new contemporary dance works by independent choreographers Jennifer Kayle and Charlotte Adams. Kayle probes the realm of mortal passion, and the new era of human impact on the earth, while Adams uncovers the body’s anatomy its undoing and the ludicrous toiling for success. The five works immerse the audience in the distinctly visceral performance of eleven dancers and two musicians. The pieces include original music by composer Jason Palamara and original video by Alex Bush and Tori Lawrence.
In their second collaborative concert, Adams and Kayle reveal an ongoing dialogue. “The works accumulate in a gut-level conversation; feelings simmer in farewell waltzes, plastic rain, and seam-ripping fits,” says Kayle. “As people pile on gurneys, and sunbathe at the apocalypse, the darker tones mix with humor, satire, and hopefulness, cutting down to the bone and plunging the audience into the world of GUSH.”
The two-hour event starts at 8:30pm at Highways Performance Space (18th Street Arts Center, 1651 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404). General admission tickets are $20 in advance ($15 for students, Highways members, and seniors) and can be purchased here. Reservations may also be ma de by calling 310-315-1459. Additional information is available at www.highwaysperformance.org.