Los Angeles Exchange [LAX] Festival
We partnered with Los Angeles Performance Practice to present a Works-in-Progress Series at their 2018 Los Angeles Arts Exchange [LAX] Festival. Featuring new works by Estela Garcia and Tiffany Lytle, the series was designed to provide a critical opportunity for local theatre artists to develop their work, with an emphasis on pieces that reflect and connect to the unique histories, environments, communities, issues, and artistic legacies that define our contemporary moment.
The annual LAX Festival serves as a highly visible platform that supports hundreds of local artists annually, and reaches thousands of audience members in the greater Los Angeles area. With performances and events that are geographically focused in and around Downtown L.A., the Festival program hosts ten days of contemporary performances by Los Angeles-based artists, presented in dialogue with works by guest artists from outside our city’s limits.
Remedios Varo: La Alquimista
Written and performed by Estela Garcia, Remedios Varo: La Alquimista is a whimsical drama loosely based on the life and art of surrealist painter Remedios Varo. Remedios Varo: La Alquimista takes us on an intimate journey through a woman’s world of dreams and nightmares in her quest to find alchemy through a paintbrush and canvas. Performed in Spanish with English supertitles.
Estela Garcia is an LA born actress, movement coach, deviser, community engagement specialist, mask maker/performer, and Movement teacher at CalArts.
Sara Guerrero, a Southern California native is the founding artistic director of the award- winning, Santa Ana-based Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble, and has been recognized as one of the “People to Watch” by American Theatre Magazine, and “Best [Artistic] Director” and “Person of Interest” by OC WEEKLY.
Gerardo Davalos, is an actor and scenic designer born in Mexico. He is founding member of Off The Tracks Theatre Company and his focus is Spanish language theatrical productions.
Valerie McCann is a performing artist and embodied practitioner based in Los Angeles. She was part of the international ensemble at the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, Poland.
Think Tank Gallery
- Monday, Oct 15 7:00pm
- Tuesday, Oct 16 7:00pm
- Saturday, Oct 20 1:00pm
- Sunday, Oct 21 3:00pm
QNOUM KAUN KHMER / I AM A CAMBODIAN CHILD
An exploration of refugee experience and the Cambodian diaspora through music and movement. Lytle’s music recalls displacement and honors refugee resilience, reimagining pop music as an expression of displacement that defines the state of living for many around the world today.
Artist/Co-Director/ Choreographer: Tiffany Lytle
Co-Director/ Dramaturgy: Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns
Music by Tiffany Lytle, J. Michael O’Neal, and Donald Barrett
Dance Cast: Mizuki Sako, Lorenzo Rangel-Santos
Tiffany Lytle is trained in Cambodian dance. As a soloist for KPA Fusion Dance Repertoire, she trained in various dance genres including lyrical and African fusion. Lytle is an alumnus of UCLA’s Asian American Studies M.A. program, and is currently a Ph.D. student (UCSB Theater/Dance). Elements of Cambodian performance are featured on her EP “Cambodian Child,” exploring identity and war.
LMSP Burns writes on the racial politics of performance and race. Burns teaches in the Asian American Studies Department at UCLA and has collaborated as a dramaturg with artists such as David Roussève, R. Zamora Linmark, and TeAda Productions.
LAX Festival’s Works-in-Progress Series is presented in association with Center Theatre Group, made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Center Theatre Group Collaborations with Partners Around Town
Remedios Varo: La Alquimista Tickets
Think Tank Gallery
939 Maple Ave, Second Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Cambodian Child Tickets
2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057