fellowship: A Play for Volunteers
Five souls find fellowship in giving their time to a weekly volunteer shift, making sandwiches for a local food bank. They work hard, sing, laugh, and share stories of what brought them to this service. This weekly time together is their church and sanctuary until the day a stranger enters. What happens when Hunger comes to visit?
fellowship, the eighth play in Cornerstone’s Hunger Cycle, is an immersive experience that puts you in the role of volunteer. At fellowship, you will be invited to help prepare and assemble sack lunches to be distributed to hungry people in Los Angeles. Join us at fellowship, and let’s get to work!
CENTRAL WHOLESALE PRODUCE MARKET, LOS ANGELES, CA
With guidance from UCLA’s Labor Center, Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre spent much of early 2016 filming interviews with the vendors and staff of Central Wholesale Market, the produce market that provides ingredients for many of LA’s hottest restaurants. The Market itself represents something of an LA microcosm: immigrants from the Americas, many African countries, and the Caribbean work alongside lifelong Angelenos, ensuring that restaurants, cafes and homes across the city have the food they need.
At the conclusion of the interviews, HDDT recruited local artists for collaboration. Each selected artist, as well as Duckler and HDDT company dancers, used the interviews as inspiration for new works, which they shared during Night Market. In addition to live dance performances and music, the production included painting, wood burning, weaving and other multi-media installations.
A Serial Opera Created by Kronos Quartet and Produced by PBS's ArtBound
Invisible Cities: An Opera for Headphones was performed in Union Station in the heart of Los Angeles, by The Industry and LA Dance Project. Powered by industry leaders Senheisser and Bexel. A unique experience in which audience members wore headphones while walking through the historic station, searching for the performers they hear.
There Be Dragons
An unconventional play written by Aleshea Harris. A dystopic queendom plagued by "dragons." A fusion of music and storytelling.
Whispering in The Dark
"Terrifying music, lighting and chalk drawings are all very effective, but Teeley and Oritz both deserve a great amount of credit for the portrayal of such an obsessive and consuming relationship. They both look so intensely in love with one another, but the way in which they speak and move also makes them appear convincingly disturbed and insane. The moments in which they slip into mania are also brilliant, though equally scary. Occasionally speaking in unison and screaming phrases such as ‘I want to engrave your name in my bones’, it would be so easy for their relationship to appear cringe-worthy or ridiculous, but instead it comes across as real passion, so it is very difficult to fault them...If you want to be scared out of your skin, go and see Whispers in the Dark. It can sometimes be painful to watch, but it’s definitely worth it for the adrenalin rush, whether it sparks an inner ethical debate or not."
Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Venue 13
Three Weeks (5 stars) “In addition to having written the production, Michael Yicaho brings his drama to life with consistent brilliance, captivating his audience in a whirlwind contemplation about space, relativity, time and why no one has turned up to his 13th birthday party. A fairly solemn and sad story is kept light-hearted by Yicaho's well-timed and well-formed charm and humour. 'Goose' also follows the inner thoughts of a child who is left behind by his father, working abroad for months at a time; a story relevant to anyone who has ever felt alone. The drama is delightful, thought-provoking and leaves you feeling deliciously satisfied and happy. I could have listened to Yicaho's monologue-style thoughts for hours.