Fall Ahead performance press release


CONTACT: Rochelle Fabb,
Loud Mouth Productions
(310) 841-0856
or Carol Selkin, Director,
Cal State L.A. Public Affairs
(323) 343-3050

Fall Ahead Performance and Dance Festival at Cal State L.A.

October 18 - November 3, 1996

Los Angeles, CA -- August 14, 1996 -- From October 18 through November 3, the Theatre Arts and Dance Department at California State University, Los Angeles sponsors Fall Ahead, a three-week celebration of performance and dance featuring L.A.'s most innovative performance companies. These new, provocative performances were created especially for the festival by artists in the forefront of performance art, butoh and hyperdance respectively; the Rachel Rosenthal Company, Oguri with Renzoku and Diavolo Dance Theater.

The performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. with special Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12; $10 for students, senior citizens and Dance Resource Center members. The festival will be premiered at the State Playhouse on the CSLA campus. The University is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino (I-10) Freeway, at the interchange of the 10 and 710 Freeways. Reservations recommended. Call (323) 343-4118 for reservations.

Week One, October 18 - 20 -- PERFORMANCE ART:

The Rachel Rosenthal Company, led by the internationally-acclaimed performance artist, performs its signature brand of wildly visceral, extra-sensory theatre in Timepiece. Experience the unexpected when this highly-attuned ensemble mixes structure with chaos, disarmingly beautiful and grotesque images, text, voice and stylized and athletic movement. The Company's latest creation traverses the map of time in a breathless and bold voyage through space, history, cosmology, futurism and the mysteries of our existence.

"Rosenthal [is] the most senior and compelling performance artist in California . . . As an artist she appears to be permanently impaled on the cutting edge. The kinetic ingenuity of this company of eight is striking, its ensemble unity smoothly cohesive."
-- Charles Marowitz, Los Angeles View

Week Two, October 25 - 27 -- DANCE (BUTOH):

Strikingly beautiful movement resonates as Oguri and his company, Renzoku, dance their newest work, Effect of Salt. From the composed images emerge a primordial landscape of raw instinct - - powerful and fragile, teeming and boundless. The result is a tableau of revelation and surprise. The piece will be accompanied by live electronic and acoustic music created by Yuval Ron.

"I am often in the kitchen. Water, fire and salt are the essence of cooking -- my hobby. The meals we cooked at home for my father's workers were delicious -- salty. 'Salt is strength'; dance moderated by the effect of salt; salty dance."
-- Oguri

"Oguri and Renzoku combine complete stage pictures with sensual yet tortuously difficult movement." [Renzoku has a] unique ability to merge technical virtuosity and psychologically potent imagery."
-- Judith Hamera, Theatre Journal

Week Three, November 1 - 3 -- HYPERDANCE:

The daredevil dancers in Diavolo Dance Theater perform an ultra-physical style of human propulsion, moving in, among and on elaborate, large-scale set pieces. Diavolo's performance style emphasizes objects, relationships and architecture. It stretches the physical limits of dancing. According to Artistic Director Jacques Heim, who began his career dancing outdoors on the banks of the Champs Elysees and atop cars in Paris, Diavolo's work explores just how far one can go within the constraints of physical and thematic environment. He is continually impressed by its confinement of metropolitan living.

"Whether skiing down a staircase, balancing inside a huge metal pipe or sliding from pillar to post on a vertical pegboard, Diavolo confirmed its reputation for creative experiment, performance prowess and just plain guts."
-- Lewis Segal , Los Angeles Times

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