FLAX (France Los Angeles Exchange)--On February 18, FLAX will take over the Ford to present The Dialectic of Stars - Drag Me Crazy: performances and art installations in every nook and cranny, including artist dressing rooms. In The Ford Blog, artist Robert Karimi talks about his piece: I designed Cards Against Iranians, Syrians, Iraqis, Somalis, Yemenis, Libyans, Afghanis, Sudanese, Chadians, North Koreans, & Venezuelans (CAISISYLASCNK&V) as an expansion pack for Cards Against Humanity (CAH) that uses the game’s system as foundation to critique President Trump’s Muslim Ban.
Behind the Scenes
Bang on a Can is not a band, it’s a movement – one dedicated to the creation, proliferation and preservation of mindsets bent on unfettered musical imagination.
If there is any singer optimally suited to saluting the extraordinary Ella Fitzgerald, it is Patti Austin.
Despite an eight-hour time difference and a language barrier, I connect with Jesús Carmona, one of Spain’s most celebrated flamenco dancers, as he’s winding down his day after rehearsal, though in LA the sun is still climbing. “Es un espectáculo,” Carmona tells me, filling in a gap in my Spanish.
“We are made of star stuff – the nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies.”
Astronomer Carl Sagan’s famous words echoed in my head long after my lunch with WordTheatre® founder Cedering Fox.
The sound of water gushing forms an infectious beat, as a group of male dancers sways their hips. The dancers seem to encompass all and no genders, evoking both an ancient ritual and the sass of 90s vogueing culture. This is the delicious world of renowned choreographer and dancer Aszure Barton. Her show Awáa will make its Los Angeles (and outdoor) debut at the Ford on August 18, presented in partnership with The Music Center On Location.
Israeli architect-turned-filmmaker Amos Gitai knows a thing or two about art’s potential to spark powerful compassion in the face of extremism. His 1980 documentary Bayit (The House), about Israelis and Palestinians that occupied the same Jerusalem house at different times, was censored. Two years later, his film Field Diary, which showed images of Israel’s invasion of Lebanon, resulted in a temporary exile.
“La locura, cura,” Ric Salinas tells me. The craziness cures.
So when the Ford asked Culture Clash, Salinas’ comedy trio, if they’d be interested in making a Chicano 4th of July show, they jumped at the chance.
In his inimitable and electrifying way, Savion Glover’s role in helping the art of tap dance continue to thrive for future generations cannot be understated.
You know that feeling you get when you accomplish something huge? That’s kind of how we feel right now. After being closed for nearly two years for some pretty serious renovations to the Ford’s historic stage and artist areas, we opened our doors and hoped that you still cared. You did. Thank you.