Beam of Light this Saturday!
Hi! How was the end of your summer?
Mine was pretty cool... I hope yours was restful and full of eclipses.
Ya know I took a break for a while from performance art, but this Saturday I'm returning to it at Town Hall! It's going to be a pretty epic two days of performance. I'll be exploring US women's gymnastics and it's link to US imperialist fascism with my own balance beam routine that features Marshall Astor and Katelyn Dorroh as my coaches. If that's not enough to delight your tingly bits, here is the press release:
Organized by Liz Toonkel
Tyler Calkin | Zackary Drucker | Ali Kheradyar | Rachel Mason
Arturo Molinar Avitia | Zoe Aja Moore
Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs | Sarah Petersen
Christopher Reynolds | Christy Roberts Berkowitz
Nick Rodrigues | Molly Shea | Darling Shear-Squire
Liz Toonkel | Ben Tong | Jason Triefenbach | Paul Waddell
Saturday, September 16th, 2017
Meeting convenes at 5p and adjourns at 9p
Sunday, September 17th, 2017
Meeting convenes at 12p and adjourns at 4p
Meeting to be held at ltd los angeles
1119 S. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Town Hall is a weekend of performances using the arena and construct of the town hall forum to explore the role of artist within community and the commercialization and fetishization of political identity.
Toonkel, in the character of My Period, will call the meeting to order with opening remarks on both Saturday and Sunday. The artists to perform in the round include Tyler Calkin, Ali Kheradyar, Rachel Mason, Arturo Molinar Avitia, Zoe Aja Moore, Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs, Christy Roberts Berkowitz, Molly Shea, Darling Shear-Squire, Liz Toonkel, Ben Tong, Jason Triefenbach, and Paul Waddell. The following artists will create the objects that bring the town hall meeting to life: Zackary Drucker's flags hang outside the gallery to invite the community in, Sarah Petersen's rug delineates the performance space, Christopher Reynolds provides the refreshment table and Nick Rodrigues activates the folding chairs the community will gather on. While these performances will be held in rapid succession, the floor will be open in between performances for questions and comments from the audience.
The town hall meeting and its tropes, from political discourse to local complaints, from donuts to coffee, are universal, accessible and almost too familiar at this political moment. These artists will bring a little life, levity and listening to a community in distress, disorder and dismay.
This Town Hall meeting will be documented via 360 video by FLOAT Studio. Donuts, coffee, and PBR provided by ltd los angeles.
Thanks to all of the performers, FLOAT Studio, Zackary Drucker, California Carts, Salim Green, and Ian McSpadden for their time and commitment.
I'd be delighted to see you Saturday!