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Crazy Underneath The Trees

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Spontaneity is decidedly part of Moon Mile Run’s philosophy; if they hear about something that needs a bit of nurturing—even if it’s a last-minute Open Rehearsal to support a piece—they just might consider getting involved.
 
And they did!
How could they ignore the work of two paragons of Los Angeles’ theater history: Darrell Larson and Rob Sullivan? These two were doing “edgy and raw” theater in the Seventies, before those terms were used to describe theater.
 
Larson describes the piece, Crazy Underneath The Trees: “…not a play, not a poem, perhaps a prayer, definitely a confession, possibly an argument, seduction or negotiation? All of the above, actually, and with percussion. The latter is supplied by the inimitable MIKE TEMPO, of BONEDADDYS fame, with special guest, PAUL LACQUES on guitar.”
 
So join Moon Mile Run in Silver Lake for a COMPLIMENTARY EVENT on Monday, May 11, at 9:30 PM. Spirit Studio (3711 Evans Street, off Hyperion, 90027). Reservation are not required.
Mark Bringelson                 Michael Kearns                       Ryland Shelton
 

Dance Camera West Presents Its 14th Annual Dance Media Festival

April 30 – May 5, 2015

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Venues in Beverly Hills, Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Westwood

Celebrating the vibrant art of dance, Dance Camera West (DCW) presents the 14th Annual Dance Media Festival, a public event incorporating dance explored through film and live performance. Taking place at various venues in Beverly Hills (UTA Screening Room), Downtown Los Angeles (MOCA, historic Palace Theatre, REDCAT), Hollywood (historic Egyptian Theatre), Santa Monica (Aero Theatre), and Westwood (Crest Theater, UCLA) from April 30 – May 5, 2015, this multi-disciplinary festival promises to offer something for everyone and will showcase many forms of dance including modern, post modern, world, tap, dance theater, ballet, hip-hop and practically all dance that has been captured on film in a way that is of quality and essential value. Over 30 films will be screened over the course of the Festival connecting diverse cultures and environments through the exploration of dance.

DCW aspires to awaken and infuse the public mainstream with a desire for critical creative programming. The vision of DCW is to present the visual language of dance on screen in a way that stretches the imagination and changes the way we think about dance.

tickets, Dance Camera WestFor more information and to purchase tickets please visit www.DanceCameraWest.org

Ticket Prices:  Free – $15; Festival Kickoff $75

Dance Media Festival Schedule:

Thursday, April 30 – Festival Kickoff, UTA Screening Room, Beverly Hills, Screenings, Cocktails and appetizers, 6:30pm, $75
Live dance performance from JacobJonas The Company: a project based creative company specializing in dance, content production, and arts education.

Escualo – USA, 2014, 4:00, Martin & Facundo Lombard (filmmakers); A powerful new piece from the Lombard Twins.
Dancing is Living: Benjamin Millepied
– France, 2014, 57:00, Louis Wallecan (filmmaker) – West Coast Premiere; This engaging documentary chronicles Benjamin Millepied (choreographer of Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan), the newly appointed director of the Paris Opera Ballet and founder of L.A. Dance Project, as a globe-trotting ambassador for dance: in rehearsal with his company in L.A., hanging out with Lil Buck, and sharing his ideas about life and dance. Q&A with Louis Wallecan, Filmmaker and James Fayette, Managing Director, LA Dance Project.

Friday, May 1 – Opening Night Shorts, The Palace Theatre, Downtown LA, 7pm, $15

A selection of top international short films and a live dance performance from JacobJonas The Company:
ME – A Story of a Performance – Finland, 2014, 7:30, Jopsu Ramu (filmmaker), Johanna Nuutinen (choreographer); We follow the performance from different perspectives: how it is perceived by the dancer, the audience and how it can be seen from an objective point of view as a mere code. U.S. Premiere

Cracks – Spain, 2013, 4:45; Alex Pachon (filmmaker/choreographer); Every sound generates a movement and every movement produces a sound. U.S. Premiere

Pas – Canada, 2014, 15:00, Frédérique Cournoyer-Lessard (filmmaker); The dance and the acrobatics deeply move between narrative plots and visual poetry. West Coast Premiere

Fuel for Thought – India/UK, 2014, 4:04, Michael Joseph (filmmaker); Choreographer Hemabharathy Palani’s response to Hip Hop artist Mikey J Asante’s track, creating striking imagery against large-scale outdoor scenery and intimate spaces in India.

AM/FM – USA, 2014, 4:45, Morgan Wise (filmmaker), Robert Moses (choreographer); A romantic afternoon car ride turns into a surprising physical contest when a young couple has to choose between two competing radio stations.

Gone – Iceland, 2014, 16:00; Helena Jonsdottir/Vera Solvadóttir (filmmakers); Who is living your life at the moment? Your guest is not always your guest… U.S. Premiere

Martiality, Not Fighting – China, 2012, 10:00, Marianne M. Kim/Cheng-Chieh Yu (filmmakers); A young Chinese dancer performs the role of conscientious objector.

Amandi – Spain, 2014, 7:00; Francesc SitgesSardà/Elisabet Prandi (filmmakers), Claudi Bombardó Oriol (choreographer); A full blend made of nature, woods and weird landscapes with two characters whom travel through that space in constant transformation trying to fit in, to blend in. US Premiere

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Saturday, May 2 (day)The Crest Theatre, Westwood

Program 1:  2:30pm; $15
I Was Within – USA, 2014, 9:46, Jenny Stulberg (filmmaker), Jenny Stulberg/Sebastian Grubb (choreographer); Examines the course of a relationship through the multi-faceted elements of love, loss, time, and identity.

Fall to Rise – USA, 2014, 92:00, Jayce Bartok (filmmaker), Catherine Cabeen (choreographer); Who Will Catch You When You Fall? A famous principal dancer injures her knee and attempts to settle into motherhood only to realize she has no identity without dance, and struggles to return with the help of an equally troubled former company dancer.

Program 2: Celebrating Technicolor 100th Anniversary; 4:30pm; $15
The Unfinished Dance – USA, 1947, 101:00, Henry Koster (filmmaker)
Meg, a young ballet student played with penetrating passion by Margaret O’Brien, grows distressed to learn that visiting prima ballerina Darina rather than the school’s top ballerina Bouchet (Cyd Charisse) will play the lead in “Swan Lake.” As a result of Meg’s actions, Bouchet remains a star unfettered by competition and Meg copes with guilt. Dance critic Debra Levine of arts•meme will lead a conversation with Technicolor senior executive Robert Hoffman highlighting the film’s majestic use of color cinematography on the occasion of 100 years of Technicolor films.

Saturday, May 2 (evening)The Aero Theatre, Santa Monica, 7:30pm, $11

I Hate Dancing – Canada, 2014, 2:17, Jo Roy (filmmaker/choreographer); The repulsive nature of dance as told through dance.

American Cheerleader – USA, 2014, 89:00, David Barba/James Pellerito (filmmakers), Hank Light/Jason Keogh (choreographers); Set in the competitive world of cheerleading, the journey of two high school teams vying for the coveted National High School Cheerleading Championship Title.

Sunday, May 3 (day)The Museum of Contemporary Art, Downtown LA

Israel Past and Future – 1pm; $15 (includes Museum admission)
Ze’eva Cohen: Creating a Life in Dance – USA, 2014, 32:00, Sharon Kaufman (filmmaker); Spanning 70 years, how an artist can survive in the dance world by carving out an independent path for herself. Featured artist: Ze’eva Cohen. West Coast Premiere

Glove Story – Israel, 2013, 38:00, Oren Shkedy (filmmaker), Dana Ruttenberg (choreographer); Explores the notion of personal space and the all-too-often invasion into it. It asks the question: what are the psychological, physical and social repercussions of treating borders as mere suggestions?

Renewal – USA/Israel, 2014, 40:00, Stacey Menchel Kussell (filmmaker); In their pioneering Eco-Arts village on the outskirts of Jerusalem, the Vertigo Dance Company in performance and rehearsals, and their ecological pursuits including gray water recycling and permaculture. West Coast Premiere

Animate Life: Dance! – 3pm; $15 (includes Museum admission)

Choreography and Animation Technology Panel Discussion

Frank Gladstone,Gladstone Film; Peggy Holmes, Disney Toon Studios; and others tba

Illumination, education and examination, both contemporarily and historically, of the relationship between Animation and Dance through discussion and screenings.

Sunday, May 3 (evening) REDCAT, Downtown LA

Program 1 – 5:30pm; $15

CalArts Emerging Artists Competition

Jiri Kylian: Forgotten Memories – France, 2011, 52:00, Don Kent/Christian Dumais-Lvowski (filmmaker) – West Coast Premiere; World-renowned Czech choreographer Jiri Kylian, a singular artist whose vision has inspired dancers and choreographers around the globe. West Coast Premiere

Program 2 – 7:30pm; $15

Continuum – France, 2014, 9:15, Natalianne Boucher (filmmaker); Explores time and space through dance and animation techniques.

Born To Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity – USA, 2014, 82:00, Catherine Gund (filmmaker); Motley troupe of flyers and crashers, propelled by Elizabeth Streb’s edict that “anything too safe is not action,” these daredevils challenge the assumptions of art, aging, injury, gender, and human possibility. Breathtaking tale about the necessity of art, inspiring audiences hungry for a more tactile and fierce existence in the world.

Monday, May 4 – UCLA Moore Lecture Hall, Special Campus Screening, 6:30pm, Free
Migration
– Canada, 2015, 5:44, Marlene Millar (filmmaker), Sandy Silva (choreographer); Migratory journey of percussive dancers who rely on their hands, feet and sonic bodies to create a unique soundtrack as they move through water, wind and sand interpreting the preparation, departure, and flight of their collective journey. West Coast Premiere

Let’s Get the Rhythm: Life and Times of Miss Mary Mack – USA, 2014, 55:00; Irene Chagall (filmmaker); Celebrates the wondrous world of hand clapping games, a traditional genre that thrives on the playgrounds of large cities and in remote corners of the world. West Coast Premiere

Tuesday, May 5 (evening)Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood

4th Annual Dance-A- Long, 6:30pm, Free
Bring your dancing shoes, friends and family for a fun dance lesson prior to the screening from LA Dance Fit

Final Festival Screening – 7:30pm; $11

Dancing for my Havana – Italy/Cuba, 2015, 112:00, Claudio Del Punta (filmmaker), Yordan Mayedo Perez (choreographer), Q&A with lead dancer/actress/choreographer Nayara Nunez Oliva; Young Cuban dancers struggling to achieve fame and fortune on the world stage, while honoring their intense love for the people and creative energy they find only in their homeland. U.S. Premiere

Dance Camera West is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and developing the vibrant art of dance media. DCW connects diverse cultures and environments through its exploration of dance on screen, bringing hundreds of challenging and provocative films to Los Angeles from around the globe, effectively bridging the gap between the uniquely influential Los Angeles film community and the significant local dance populace.  To find out more visit: www.dancecamerawest.org

Tonia Barber, Dance Camera West Director, started her career as a dancer with the Joffrey Ballet in New York City and continued on to the Broadway stage by age 17. Her credits include “42nd Street” and original cast member of Tommy Tunes’ 9-time Tony winner “The Will Roger’s Follies.” Barber has staged and choreographed numerous plays, commercials and industrials including Budweiser, Salon Selects and Gillette as well as working with fashion giants Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan. Barber’s first film endeavor started in New York by investing in the independent film Tumbleweeds, which was released worldwide by New Line after competing at Sundance in 1999. The next year Barber produced Interstate 84, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was sold worldwide. Barber then Executive Produced the racecar indie, QuattroNoza, which was in competition at Sundance 2003 and won best cinematography. After moving to Los Angeles 2003, Barber wrote, directed and produced the short film, RAW that premiered at Sundance 2005 and screened at the AFI FEST 2005.

 

Pentacle Is Building a New Way to Present and See L.A. Dance

PENTACLE presents HOME GROWN @  BOOTLEG

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To help meet the challenges of presenting and producing dance in Los Angeles, Pentacle steps up to the plate with Pentacle Presents Home Grown @ Bootleg, a new pilot program in two parts: February 19-22 and April 23-26.

Reservations: 213.289.3856  or   www.bootlegtheater.org 

The innovative new program is open to all dance companies and independent choreographers in Los Angeles County, and will offer participants more opportunities to show their work, to build and expand the audiences, and to create audience identity with the Bootleg Theater, a trusted venue for strong Los Angeles area based dance and performance work.   In addition to the evening performances, each weekend will include a fourth afternoon of celebratory engagement with the artists and participatory exploration of the works presented in performance the three previous nights.

February 19-21 at 7 PM

Part 1: Antics and MULTIPLEX Dance** (more information about this program appears below)

Added: February 22 at 1 PM: Celebrate with the artists and explore the work.  (Free, but RSVP is required).

April 23-25 at 7 PM

Part II: Invertigo Dance Theatre and Danza Floricanto/USA

All performances at the Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A.

Tickets: $20 in advance/ $25 at the door

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Companies selected for the debut performances of Home Grown @ Bootleg in February are Antics, Amy “Catfox’ Campion’s L.A. based hip hop company, and MULTIPLEX DANCE, which integrates athletic and acrobatic movement vocabulary with digital media and electronic music.   The April dates will see Invertigo Dance Theatre and Danza Floricanto/USA.

The companies were selected by a panel that included Alicia Adams, Artistic Director of Bootleg Theater; Charmaine Jefferson, Kelan Resources; Sara Wookey; and Evy Warshawski, former Executive Director of Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center.  Home Grown @ Bootleg will be led by Pentacle Director Felicia Rosenfeld and Program Coordinator Raélle Dorfan.

Why a new program for dance? 

As noted by LA Times dance writer Lewis Segal,  “Angeleno choreographers Melissa Barak, Josie Walsh (both at the Broad) and Jacob Jonas (at Highways) launched impressive, short-term attempts to break into wider renown.  But what’s next for them?  Another night or two a year from now?  And will they have to mortgage all their wordly possessions and maybe even their first born to afford even that?   As they know too well, there’s no dedicated dance space in this city, no sure passage for choreographers and companies to grow from studio to stage, no accessible/affordable venue where the members of the dance community can measure their work against the achievements of others and where audiences can find and follow the artists they’ve heard or read about.”   These are EXACTLY the issues Pentacle seeks to address with Home Grown @ Bootleg!

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Through this pilot initiative, Pentacle, in partnership with Bootleg Theater, is determined to provide a home for  L.A.’s vivid dance scene, opening doors by creating new and affordable means for local dance artists to showcase their work in an on-going way.   In addition, Pentacle hopes to create audience identification with the Bootleg Theater as a venue that the audience can trust to present high quality, interesting and engaging Los Angeles-based dance.

**More About the February 19-21 program:

Antics will present Sneaker Suites, a performance collaboration between the company and story architect Mark Gonzales.   Through spoken word poetry and street dance, Sneaker Suites delves into the diverse and personal relationships that we have with one of the most highly purchased fashion items in the world: sneakers!

MULTIPLEX DANCE will perform From Darkness to Light, a two part work consisting of subSTRATA (2014), and the premiere of Between Earth and Heaven.   Both works incorporate video projections designed by Chad Michael Hall and music by composer David Karagianis.

PENTACLE is a not-for-profit management support organization for small and mid-sized companies and project-based artists working in dance and theater.  Pentacle’s mission is to provide these communities with flexible and affordable infrastructure support in a sustained way, on an expert level, and at an affordable price.  Since 1976, Pentacle has served as a model for arts administration, a direct resource to the groups and artists with whom we work, and as a facilitator to the performing arts community with innovative programs of local and national impact.   Pentacle is unique in providing infrastructure support directly to dance and theater groups and artists, grounding their services and programming in the creative work of each artist-group, and responding and adapting to the ever-changing needs of the community so that artists have more time to create, perform and engage in the world.

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Culture Marches On

 Of all the things I could possibly write about 2014…that it’s been Gia On The Move’s best year yet…that we’ve been so fortunate to have experienced so much gorgeous, avant-garde, unique, delicious artistry in live performance, art, music, movies, food, fashion and more…what an awesome adventure it’s been…that we love all of the great friends we’ve made along the way, and how incredibly lucky to often accidentally have stumbled across gems that no one else was noticing…  What we’re most happy to say is ‘Thank you’.  Thank you for letting us entertain, inform, introduce and offer a little bit of our passions to YOU.   What a ride!  Ready for more?   ~Gia

Happy New Year!!!

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Kito Flex Dopeness: #WalkThisWay

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Growing up in Houston, TX, 26 year-old Kito Flex always had big dreams of being successful and always had a love for fashion, especially unique accessories that assisted in making his outfits stand out from the crowd. Kito had the artistic idea to create a men’s accessory line (must be the dog…lol…kidding) that would reflect his unique style while staying true to his Houston roots. In early 2013, the Kito Flex Collection was born.

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Gia On The Move: “This dude is “killin’ it”! And we love the inspirational message on the back of his labels.  Check out what he recently wrote to his Instagram followers:

Kito FlexIMG_9758-2.“You guys probably never noticed this but, I do have an inspirational message on the back of all my products! Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. #HappySunday Be blessed “

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image005“It’s a brand that represents, and is influenced by, a Houston culture…a society that the whole world is slowly trending on. I’ve taken ordinary accessories and just added my creative twist to it and hope everyone else enjoys the art. I believe, no matter race or gender, my brand has something to offer to all individuals.”           – Kito Flex

The popularity of the Kito Flex Collection is spreading like wild fire and currently you can spot Houstonians all over rocking these socks.  We love the line at Gia On The Move because it’s just plain fun and sexy.  Plus we’re huge advocates of edgy entrepreneurs on the pulse! …and Gia will be rockin’ her own pair(s) very shortly. :)

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Deaf West Theatre’s “Spring Awakening” DTLA at Inner City Arts

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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Just when I thought it would be easy to discount yet another rendition of Spring Awakening on the Los Angeles theatre scene (we’ve witnessed more than a few in the last several seasons), Deaf West Theatre pulled out all the stops and delivered hands-down one of the most exciting, pop/rock musical productions to date.  The kicker — it’s all in sign language!

Spot on casting that was age appropriate with choreography that this former dance/movement professional could finally sink her teeth into, and emerging talent beyond imagination, these kids skipped all of the teen angst and went straight for the love.

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I was curious, however, about the reason for this play’s never-ending popularity.  So I turned to one of my colleagues sitting beside me during this performance and asked, “What do you think keeps this story going? What keeps it from getting old, keeps it fresh?  I mean, it’s been around a long time.  The issues are not new in any way.  They’re not taboo. Most of them are in the open. And it’s probably a given that generationally teenagers in every age are always going to be different from their parents…want different things than their parents…maybe.”

“Rebellion” was the answer I got.  Rebelling against the status quo.  “Yes, definitely” I thought.  But from my point of view, there was so much more.  It went much deeper than that.

We live in a time where “teen rebellion” almost seems too superficial a label to describe kids today, what they are dealing with, and more to the point how they are handling their environments, the issues from body consciousness, to sexual identities, to bullying, their own spirited emotions, dreams, fantasies and realities – everything really.  And certainly the story itself, although taking place in a century before ours handles the repetitive issue of adolescent sexual awakening.  It’s a topic, we can count on to stay at the forefront of tween to college aged conversations until the end of time as long as teenagers exist. But oddly enough this Spring Awakening, based on Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 expressionist play,  concurrently places us in a distant time frame yet appears so modern, so real, so “right now” that mere rebelliousness feels like an old-fashioned ideal.

An exquisite, flawless, cutting-edge ballad of youth for all time.

In truth, all I could see from these kids was pure, unadulterated, naive, passion.  And that is the fully tapped first cause in this production of Spring Awakening that takes the story, the music, the ideas, and all the characters to such a heightened place, there is no coming down from the nirvana.  It is the reason that although the script has a particular set of circumstances that it deals with, it is totally new and appealing to youth who are hormonally exploding and emotionally looking for definition, and wholeheartedly believable and empathetic to seasoned, experienced elders of any crowd packed into the same house, for the same performance. It’s THAT good!

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Technically, it is utterly mastered and directionally perfected musical theatre. Timing & delivery, sight & sound, choreography, costumes, set design, singing, signing, and acting, is innovative. There is not a single, solitary moment that is out-of-place.  The cast is gorgeous in every way inside and out.  Really, these kids are special. As an ensemble they are unstoppable.

An immersive production simultaneously performed in American Sign Language and spoken English one of the key components which evokes astounding electricity, is that the deaf performers had to very uncommonly pace their signing with the music’s tempo. The entire cast was urged by Director Michael Arden to really stretch. Nine non-hearing actors sign and fifteen hearing actors who had to learn American Sign Language, sing and sign the roles of their deaf counterparts, also acting as inner selves, mirroring their respective character’s stage play resulting in a perfect storm of exposition.

This is the play you absolutely cannot miss!  An exquisite, flawless, cutting-edge ballad of youth for all time.

Def West Theatre Spring Awakening

Presented by Deaf West Theatre in association with The Forest of Arden 

Produced by: David J. Kurs, Christopher Sepulveda and Ann E. Wareham

WORTH THE TICKET!

WORTH THE TICKET!

Now Thru Nov 9, 2014

Recommended for mature audiences only: strong language, nudity and adult themes

Rosenthal Theater
Inner-City Arts
720 Kohler Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021HOW:
(818) 762-2998 or www.deafwest.org

Visit them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/deafwesttheatre
Follow them on Twitter: @DeafAwakening
 
TICKETS:
General admission: $34
Students with valid ID: $30
 
Thursdays at 8 p.m.: Sept. 25*; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Nov 6
Fridays at 8 p.m.: Sept. 12 (preview), 19, 26; Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 7
Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Sept. 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov 1, 8
Sundays at 3 p.m: Sept. 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26; Nov 2, 9

*ASL Nights on Thursday, Sept. 18.and Thursday, Sept. 25: arrive at 7:30 pm for a 15-minute ASL workshop that teaches signs used in the play.

Starring Joey Antonio, Miles Barbee, J.D. Barton, Jimmy Bellinger, Katie Boeck, Joshua Castille, Julian Comeau, Daniel Durant, Treshelle Edmond, Max Fishman, Sandra Mae Frank, Kathryn Gallagher,Gabrielle Garza, Sean Grandillo, Karla Gutierrez, Joseph Haro, Amelia Hensley, Troy Kotsur, Daniel Marmion, Austin McKenzie, Lauren Patten, Natacha Roi, Rustin Cole Sailors, Daniel David Stewart, Ali Stroker, Alexandra Winter

Music by Duncan Sheik
Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind
Directed by Michael Arden
Musical Direction by Jared Stein
Choreography by Spencer Liff
Set Design by Christopher Scott Murillo
 
Deaf West Theatre, in association with The Forest of Arden, reinvents the multiple Tony Award-winning musical about lost innocence and the struggles of youth with an immersive production performed simultaneously in American Sign Language and spoken English. Based on Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 expressionist play of the same name and featuring an electrifying rock/pop score, Spring Awakening follows the lives of a group of adolescents as they navigate their entry into sexual awareness. Featuring a cast of 25 deaf, hard of hearing and hearing actors and musicians.
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Lost in Lvov: A Los Angeles Encore Presentation

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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Sandy Simona is a woman filled with introspective, exuberant joy that when voiced and sung aloud is infectious from the moment you walk into the house.

Lost in Lvov is a melodic slow burn of biographical remembrances and collective memories of things long awaited and yet to be fulfilled, suddenly exploded and turned wildly upside down and inside out.  Imbued with immersive sadness, longing, bliss, ecstasy the stories of love are embroiled into a single, poetic and passionate affair of the heart.

Ms. Simona guides us through sensuality, sexual awakening, terrible loss, dreams of three sisters and above all the twists and turns of the real woman who is her feisty, bold, but secretly broken-hearted mother, exposing the deepest cavities of her soul and revealing her most inner emotions and truths.

This over-the-top, story is inventive and filled with abandon. From her mother’s description of her fat neighbor returning home from the army as the now transformed “not fat anymore” man who becomes Sandy’s father, and who writes poetry to her (mother) like Pushkin, to the desperate woman waiting for the vacuum cleaner salesman who takes the train from Manhattan to Brooklyn, to walks on the boardwalk in Brighton Beach, Sandy offers a high-spirited, strung together, account of her family, emigrated from the Soviet Union, “where the moon came out to dance with the sun before it came down”, now settled in America.

Watch the trailer here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm7eowAXMSU

A hilarious array of personalities including Sandy herself, (not so coincidentally named after Olivia Newton John’s character in Grease), Ms. Simona challenges us and invites us in through comedy, dance, gorgeous live music and word, divulging piece by piece her experiences growing up as a first generation Russian Jew, dating failures, artistic discoveries and the shame of watching her father, a former scientist in his home country, having to work as a greasy mechanic. Most of all she boils down the truth of her mother’s obsession to have Sandy succeed, in love and life: the dream of an academically brilliant student to become an Engineer but deliberately failed by the school for being a woman and a Jew.

This entire show thrives completely in the moment, is hot to the touch and exciting without relief.  An exquisite experience.

Lost in Lvov  was mounted for the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2014 and has been part of the combined artform Producer’s Award ENCORE extended presentations. There are however, no more encore performances left in Los Angeles.  And so we tearfully send this production on its way to New York City for the United Solo Festival at Theatre Row Studios.  If you are an East Coaster you can catch this phenomenal experience in November 2014.  Check the website for tickets.

LOST IN LVOV

Written, Directed, Choreographed and Performed by Sandy Simona

Live music by: Jacob & Julia Kanter, Endre Balgoh from Paris Chansons and Kassandra Kochoshis, Agrenta Walther

Please visit:  www.LostinLvov and www.sandysimona.com