Curated Itinerary: Performance

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This week, we’ve pulled Los Angeles exhibitions, programs, and events that deal with Performance Art. What are you interested in? Tell us! Email with ideas.


Crescent City: A Hyperopera
Atwater Crossing (Atwater Village)
The Industry presents the world premiere of Crescent City, a “hyperopera” by composer Anne LeBaron, librettist Douglas Kearney, and director Yuval Sharon. The site-specific production, which audiences will experience in 360-degrees, is set in a mythical cityscape with abstract sets by six LA-based installation artists. Performances through May 27, 2012. Ticket are $25-$100 and available online.

Downtown Art Walk
Spring St. & Main St. between 2nd St. & 9th St. (Downtown)
This free, self-guided monthly event includes nearly fifty of downtown Los Angeles’ art galleries opening their doors to the public. This month’s Art Walk will feature ArtBattles, a live painting competition at ExchangeLA that includes artists Dave Zaboski, Gregory Siff, Concep, and Miranda Maxwel. Many galleries feature live DJ sets and refreshments.


Frozen Music/Pink Noise
Human Resources (Chinatown)
Opening day of the performance piece Frozen Music/Pink Noise, which combines hypnosis and performance art. The goal is to interrogate interior states of being through movement and vocalizations, which reveal to the audience a “negative space of an invisible architecture.” The title Frozen Music refers to Goethe’s quote “Ich nenne Architektur gefrorene Musik,” which suggests architecture is frozen music. Put on by performance collective, UBIKETAL, the piece will continue on Saturday, May 12.

Meet the Artist: Crescent City
Atwater Crossing (Atwater Village)
Presented by LACE, this reception will feature a meet and greet with artists Mason Cooley, Brianna Gorton, Katie Grinnan , Alice Könitz, Jeff Kopp, and Olga Koumoundouros, all of whom have been commissioned to create a new sculptural work for the experimental “hyperopera” Crescent City. Each artist will present their installation during a tour through the performance space.

Dreams of the Floating Life: Kabuki Dramas
Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena)
In commemoration of the centennial gift of over 3,000 cherry trees from Japan to the United States, and in conjunction with the exhibition Lessons of the Cherry Blossom: Japanese Woodblock Prints, the  Norton Simon Museum presents Dreams of the Floating Life: Kabuki Dramas. Nakamura Gankyō of the U.S. Kabuki Ken Kyu Kai will perform two Edo-period Kabuki dance dramas: Onatsu kyoran and Echigo Jishi.This event is free with museum admission. Stickers for ensured seating will be distributed starting at 6pm.


Liz Magic Laser: The Digital Face
Various Small Fires (Venice)
Opening reception for a collection of work by video and performance artist Liz Magic Laser. Laser will present video works from her recent performances I Feel Your Pain, Flight, and The Digital Face in addition to a series of new collages that explore the relationship between the performers, audience, and camera. On view through June 16, 2012.

Image: The Digital Face, Liz Magic Laser, 2012, Courtesy Various Small Fires website