Highways Performance Space
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/ ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Leo Garcia
Purchase tickets online at www.highwaysperformance.org
C0-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Patrick Kennelly ADMINISTRATOR/ DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE Simon Hanna TECHNICAL director Ron Bunney facility manager Davey Carlton BOOKKEEPER Jessica Schweizer
HOUSE MANAGERS Oriana Ferro Ricardo Soliz Stephanie Crothers Lucy Zepeda TICKET MANAGER Cindy DeSantis BOARD OF DIRECTORS Leo Garcia Therese Hayes Patrick Kennelly Ian MacKinnon Joanne Morris Hamp Simmons Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, L.A. Barbara T. Smith Kevin Spicer
ADVISORY BOARD Lura Daniels-Ball Brenda Doby-Flewllyn Guillermo Gomez-Peña Leigh Grode Lisa Jones-Johnson Tim Miller David Roman David Schweizer FOUNDING DIRECTORS Linda Frye-Burnham Tim Miller CALENDAR DESIGN Nishita Doshi PRINTING Apple Graphics
funders Garcia Family Fund Joan Montgomery Hotchkis Fund of the
A letter from the directors... Dear Friends of Highways,
Photo: Sunny Bak
Photo: JC Earle
Highways performance space
1 Made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project (NDP). Additional tour funding comes from Performing Arts Japan, a program of Japan Foundation. “The Crazy Cloud Collection” is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund/Forth Fund Project.
When we last wrote here, we were encouraging you to support Highways’ participation in the Los Angeles County Cultivate/Create Initiative. This new program chose select arts organizations in the county, including Highways, and challenged us to raise $10,000. If we did, that sum would be matched dollar for dollar. And you came out in solidarity - Boy, did you ever! Not only did we meet our goal, but we exceeded it. This was a satisfying and energizing confirmation of the thriving support base of artists and audiences out there willing to risk along with us.
In the coming year, Highways is undertaking more ambitious hybrid projects. U-N-M-A-R-K-E-D, an “Outer-Disciplinary” collective, is developing a Pop! Musical event called PATTY. Its encapsulation of many different forms and ideas echoing the past, reflecting the present and looking to the future, make it the perfect centerpiece of our 23rd Birthday month. In celebration, the run will be host to a series of concerts, fashion shows, parties and screenings. Overall, our January-June programming is key in the historical context of Highways. Alongside the dozen or so artists we are presenting for the very first time, new works and workshops by long-time Highways artists Dan Froot, Denise Uyehara, Michael Sakamoto and our co-founder, Tim Miller, display the vitality of our community 20+ years on. Thank you again for your support of our mission. We look forward to seeing you at Highways this year!
Curtis Abramson Michael Agins Ronna Albert Linda Albertano Siddeeqah Anderson Don Bachardy Sunny Bak Robert Baker Jered Barclay Leland Bard Willard Beckham Richard Beecher Marcie Begleiter Verla Benson Kathryn Beranich Howard Bierbaum Tessa Blake Bridget Bojorquez Nanci Bolas Curley Bonds David Bonner Apryl Brodersen Myk Brown Paul Burgess Catherine Burriss & Elaine Tse Michael Cameron Andrew Campbell Robert Catalusci Brenda Chavez Karen Cheval Yong Cho Gary Cleff Dalton Cole Jack Coogan Frederick Corey Jesse Cutrona Deepika Daggubati Phillip Dagot Lynn Dally Cyndi Dalton Richard Del Belso Curtis Dison William Duncan Valerie Dunlap
Highways performance space
at the 18th Street Arts Center 1651 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404 Current Show information and inquiries: 310-315-1459 Administrative Offices: 310-453-1755 Volunteer Hotline: 310-828-5614
Photo BY: PAK HAN
Highways performance space
April 27 + 28 the CRAZY CLOUD collection inkBoat & Ko Murobushi The Crazy Cloud Collection results from the intersection of Ko Murobushi, recognized in Japan as a leading inheritor of Hijikata’s original vision of Butoh, and Shinichi IovaKoga, whose aesthetic balances between the known and unknown, improvising image within and without the body. Together, these artists invite the ghost of Ikkyu, a 15th century monk known for provocative, biting and unorthodox poetry, to share the stage with them. Fri + Sat 8:30pm $20/$15
January – June 2012
Paul Etheredge-Ouzts Carolyn Fank Maria Elena Fernandez David Fertik & Arnold Pomerantz Jacob Fisher John Fleck Flint Flint Neil Fond Simone Forti Gary Freeman Allison Fritz Allan Funes Sheetal Gandhi Ronda Gantt Eric Gordon Daniel Gouger Elektra Grant Liebe Gray Jane Grenier Gregory Griffith Anne Grimaldo & Jeff Grimaldo Michael Hagar Kate Hahn Judith Hamera Ph.D. Asher Hartman Therese Hayes Carmela Hermann Michael Herron Kimberley Hightower Glen Hinderstein Linda Hobbs Elliott Hochman Joan Hotchkis Hunter Hughes Kim Hunter & Paulo Lima Andre Jackson Kate Johnson William Jones Jeff Jones Meagan Kadish William Kaiser Stephen Kanter, M.D. Nina Kaufman Rosalyn Kawahira
P.A Kellogg Richard Kempton Karen Kennelly Theresa Kennelly Lamar Kerley Katharine King Mark Kleiman Doug Knott Anne Koskinen Tina Kronis & Richard Alger Yuvaraj Kumar Sammy Kusler Barbara Kwong Dan Kwong Diana Kyle M La Guerra Jeffrey Lambert Jack Larson Thomas Laskey Mia Lauchli David LeBarron Debra Levine Roy Liebman Philip Littell Cheng Lok Chua Richard Lottridge & Felix Vega Christopher Lozano Arianne MacBean & William Taylor Ian MacKinnon Joseph McGowan Dale Guy Madison & Malik Shakur Brian Mahanay John Malpede & Henriette Brouwers John Manier Phyllis Mantinkus Susan Marchese Victoria Marks Thomas Martinez Laura Martino Joseph McGowan Melissa McNeeley Marisol Medina Myron Meisel Tim Miller & Alistair McCartney
Steven Modglin Dale Moffitt Hassan Ali Moinzadeh Lisa Mount Robert Navarret Jon Neustadter David & Krystyna Newman Quyen Nguyen Jamie Nichols Jerome Nodiff Rita O’Conner Anna Obropta Nancy Oliver Jane Olson Jonathan Osborn Ronald Ownbey Paulo P. Lima George Padilla Christine Papalexis Todd Parker Yatin Parkhani Robert Passalacqua Natasha Perez Andy Perry Roy Pottruck Mario Prado Fatelink Productions LLC. Shane Que Hee Marley Quirante Karl Ralph John Rarick Gary Richwald Rachel Rickards Sue Roginski Pasakorn Rojchanapo David Roman Mary Rose Rachel Rosenthal William Ross & Rodney Pinks Janet Roston David Rousseve Noel Salisbury Cathy Salser Troy Sample
John Sampson III Janet Savage Charles Schewene Richard & Diane Schirtzer Kevin Schoeler Barry Schoenfeld John Schumacher Jessica Schweitzer Steven Scott J. Walton Senterfitt Elisha Shapiro Samuel Sheridan Diana Sherwood Steven Shortridge Hamp Simmons Barbara Smith Stuart & Judith Spence Scott Stabile David Sterns Sybil Stoller Jhon Stronks Shepard Summers Doug Sutherland Sarah Swenson Christian Taylor EmmaLewis Thomas Tami Tirgrath Sharon Toriello Cody Umbach John Vance Ilene Waterstone Sanford Weinberg Allan Weiss Lily Whitsitt Brad Wigor Victor Williams Chuck Williams Jan Williamson Kristina Wong Jeffrey Wylie Chris Young Paul Zaloom Anne Zimmerman
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Leo Garcia, Executive Director / Artistic Director
Patrick Kennelly, Co-Artistic Director
Online membership: www.highwaysperformance.org All gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent ofthe law.
January 27 + 28, February 3 + 4 Who’s Hungry - Santa Monica DAN FROOT & DAN HURLIN This de-luscious banquet serves up adultsized portions. Feast on five true(ish) stories; eye-popping puppet-ized portraits of Santa Monicans who have been through lean times, and who season their narratives with dignity and humor. Puppetry performed by Rachael Lincoln, Sheetal Gandhi, Darius Mannino and Zachary Tolchinsky. Amy Denio’s caffeinated music brewed live by Mike Flanagan, Daniel Corral and Denio herself. Fri + Sat 8:30pm $20/$15
February 6-11 Performance workshop Tim Miller Internationally acclaimed performer Tim Miller leads a workshop intensive that will explore autobiographical performance making, culminating in a public performance at Highways. Email MillerTale@aol.com for questions and to register. www.TimMillerPerformer.com. Workshop: Mon - Fri 6-10pm $175 / $150 if you sign up before Jan. 15! Public Performance: Sat 7.30pm $10
ARCHIPELAGO IS an NPN Creation Fund Project.
Fri + Sat 8:30pm $20/$15
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March 16 + 17 NICK + JAMES AT HIGHWAYS in a Tribute NICK DURAN & JMY JAMES KIDD A shared evening of new dance works in tribute to choreographer Neil Greenberg. Duran and Kidd met and danced for Greenberg in his critically acclaimed “Really Queer Dance with Harps” and continue to be strongly influenced by the unfamiliar specificity, “gayness,” and post-technical wizardry of his work. This performance will consist of three parts: solos for each and a duet made and performed by both. Fri + Sat 8:30pm $15
March 23 + 24 The Better Demons of our Natures Naught ROBERT CATALUSCI Known for creating massive installations that use archetypal ritual to conjure intense, near-chaotic experiences, controversial artist Catalusci makes his Los Angeles debut. The live actions are accompanied by silent films that plunge the audience into elucidatory visions of Frankenstein sensual stimuli, interfering with linear and evaluative thinking. Fri + Sat 8:30pm $15/$10
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Photo BY: BRYAN FLORER cover photo #3 by: Angel Izzo
April 20 + 21 LATINA/O QUEER LITERARY SERIES #1 “WANDERLUST” Curated by RAQUEL GUTIERREZ Writers of Latino/a and queer extractions make the specter of place known through word, as they shepherd us in and guide us through radical spatial narratives that weave in tales of sexualized citizenry, gendered candor and transnational desires. Featuring Micha Cárdenas, Marcela Fuentes, Frank Galarte and more.
April 27 + 28 the CRAZY CLOUD collection inkBoat & Ko Murobushi The Crazy Cloud Collection results from the intersection of Ko Murobushi, recognized in Japan as a leading inheritor of Hijikata’s original vision of Butoh, and Shinichi IovaKoga, whose aesthetic balances between the known and unknown, improvising image within and without the body. Together, these artists invite the ghost of Ikkyu, a 15th century monk known for provocative, biting and unorthodox poetry, to share the stage with them. See back cover for more. Fri + Sat 8:30pm $20/$15
In participation with LAMDA Literary. Supported in part by the California Arts Council (CAC).
Fri + Sat 8:30pm $20/$15 Photo BY: Kery Ramirez
June 1 + 2 The Empty Room MICHAEL SAKAMOTO Butoh, hip-hop, mixology, new music, and contemporary and traditional dance combine at the nexus of personal identity and current social crises. Dance theater visionary Sakamoto leads an international collaboration of leading artists, including Rennie Harris (Rennie Harris Puremovement), Amy Knoles (California EAR Unit), Koyano Tetsuro and Arata Mao (Pappa Tarahumara), Waewdao Sirisook, Imanishi Reiko and Isohata Shinichi. Fri + Sat 8:30pm $20/$15 Photo BY: Caesar Valavil
February 17 + 18 Archipelago DENISE UYEHARA & ADAM COOPER-TERAN Remixes ancient origin myths of Okinawa (Japan’s southern-most islands) and the American Southwest, situating them in contemporary times. Hailing from mixed heritage identities—Uyehara is of Okinawan & Japanese lineage, Cooper-Teran a Chicano-Russian of Yaqui decent—the two artists shed light on issues of authenticity, appropriation and the recreation of myth for cultural survival.
Made possible in part by the City of Santa Monica CAP Grant Program, a project of the Santa Monica Arts Commission. Photo BY: LEO GARCIA
Ventriloquist Adrift; or Porno for Dummies
RICK MITCHELL Rick Mitchell—an award-winning, experimental dramatist who formerly made his living as a ventriloquist/comic—returns to his roots (sort of) with a darkly comic, solo performance piece (with dummies and video) about vaudeville, race, and dummy love. Directed by Roger Q. Mason. Video and imagery by Jim Hagopian and Paul Zimmerman. Sound design and music by Max Kinberg. Puppets by Rick Mitchell and Alan Semok. Fri + Sat 8:30pm $20/$15
Photo BY: Adam cooper-teran
Photo BY: Ken Averill
March 30 + 31 Sacrament NATALIE METZGER
IN THE GALLERY: April 6 - 30 Death of My Daughter LEON MOSTOVOY Mostovoy’s exhibition represents the burial, or putting to rest, of the gender roles our parents/society have imposed upon us and illustrates our metamorphoses into the men we have become. Opening - April 6, 6.30-8.30pm
Presented in association with The HARC Foundation
An immersive descent into a world of cult mentality, violence and destruction—“The Rite of Spring meets Alien in Night of the Living Dead.” Award-winning choreographer Metzger and composer Robert Allaire create a performance experience that takes you inside a sacred space where worshippers enter into a ritual whose vague boundary blurs the distinction between audience and participant. Fri + Sat $20/$15 Photo BY: Robert Allaire cover Photo #1 BY: Robert Allaire
May 3 - 5 Angel Fragments SAMANTHA SHAY Inspired by Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire, Angel Fragments is an ethereal and haunting experience that is both a movement driven performance and a visually striking installation. For more information, visit www.angelfragments.com Thur - Sat 8:30pm Sat Matinee 3:30pm $20/$15 Photo BY: Adeline Newmann
A Night of trans-anarchism
Curated by Mostovoy and featuring: DEB SIMONE, TALIA BETTCHER, PONY LEE ESTRANGE, KALIL COHEN, & MICHA CARDENAS
Fri, April 6 @ 8:30pm $20/$15
March 9 + 10 The Key Said Run and the Door Said Fly THE SACRED HEART ARCHIVE Sacred Heart re-invents the folktale of Mr. Fox—the perpetual bridegroom and both figurative and literal lady-killer--using physical performance, traditional songs, and found objects. Incorporating a daring use of autobiography, The Key Said Run... blurs the line between myth and personal experience, exploring the tiny moments that actually mean everything and the body’s capacity to remember them. Fri + Sat 8:30pm $20/$15 Photo BY: Lydia Daniller cover photo #2 by: Melissa Thompson
April 13 Latina/o New Works #1 “The Longest Distance” ROSANNA TAVAREZ An evening-length work that looks at the fundamental human desire for connection to the self and to others. Merging contemporary dance, earthy, organic tango, and live music that reimagines American and Latin popular songs, “The Longest Distance” moves on a journey towards the intimate and the visceral. Fri 8:30pm $20/$15 STILL From the dance film “Where This Takes Us”
Photo BY: LEON MOSToVOY
May 18-20, 23-25 Patty— aN OUTER-DISCIPLINARY pop! MUSICAL EVENT
PhotoS BY: TREVOR BAKER
Created by Patrick Kennelly executed by U-N-M-A-R-K-E-D MUSIC + SONGS: Kristin “KEVIN BLECHDOM” Erickson + Jonathan Snipes Visual Design: Lianne Arnold / CAROLE KIM / Pilar Macchione / JaNelle Weatherford choreography: Jmy James Kidd / Marina Magalhães TEXT: SIGRID GILMER + KENNELLY
A cast of performers who identify as “Woman” enact a darkly comedic messianic fable that reflects the real lives and fictional myths of historical and PoP! cultural iconoclasts Patty Duke and Patty Hearst. Equal parts fashion show, live televsion soap, dance pop music concert and commercial marketplace. Don’t Stress the Test! visit www.unmarkedcreations.com for more info. Supported in part by The Los Angeles County Cultivate/Create Initiative & The City of Santa Monica Artist Fellowship Program.
Photo BY: PAK HAN
June 8 + 9 8th ANNUAL POETRY FESTIVAL Special Guest Curator Nationally known and emerging poets and spoken work artists come together in workshops, slams, spoken word, poetry and performance celebrating the spectrum of perspectives, aesthetics and genres of our region. Visit www.highwaysperformance.org for updates.
February 24 + 25
Fri-Sun May 18-20 /Wed-Fri May 23-25, 8:30pm each night $10 general admission
June 15 + 16 Tales of a Fourth Grade Lesbo PERMS A joyful, dance-filled romp through the bedrooms of four preteen girls growing up queer in the early 90s. A play on the title of the beloved Judy Blume novel “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing,” Tales of a Fourth Grade Lesbo explores latent lesbianism through repurposed pop songs and choreographed dance numbers. Fri + Sat 8:30pm $20/$15 Photo BY: Nicole Mercado / WorkItLA
June 22 + 23 Maudit TRIUMVIRATE PI THEATRE This world premiere puppetry production about Modigliani’s gifted yet overshadowed wife, Jeanne Hébuterne, explores the myth of the “cursed artist” and how simply being a woman may be an insurmountable fate. Written and directed by Leslie K. Gray. Fri + Sat 8:30pm $20/$15 IMAGE BY: LK Gray
June 29 + 30 Ceremony ERICA BOWEN & AR*YA MOVEMENT PROJECT In every celebration there is an element of joy, pain, love, endurance and ancestral homage. “Ceremony” explores how ancestral memories and traditions of African deities inspire a new world with unique rites of passage. Frenzied dance, graceful aerial moves, luscious live music and thoughtful poetry create the environment for the artists and audience to create a unique ceremony where all are participants. Fri + Sat 8:30pm $20/$15 Photo BY: Jorge Vismara
“Queer Mondays” hosted by Ian MacKinnon Last Monday of every Month @ 7:30pm $5. To perform, email: firstname.lastname@example.org