Parallax Scroll: Performance Artists Revisit the Beginning of Creation
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The last date listed for Parallax Scroll was Friday December 6, 2013 / 8:30pm.
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I wanted to check out this performance because I like to support and encourage young artists. The main show itself was kind of ok - it consisted of an expressive dance to pulsing live music and images projected onscreen. The dancing was a bit monotonous with two people writhing onstage for the duration of the show... The worst part of the whole experience were the two "performers" before the main show. They were truly awful! The first was a singer of sorts who made very unpleasant screeching noises on a keyboard while mumbling some disjointed words - this went on for what seemed like an eternity... the second was a young woman who ran around the stage in short shorts with a microphone, yelling and whining something like "Meeeh, meeehhh, meeehhh," and then proceeded to let out a number of blood-curdling screams like she was having horrendous cramps or something... VERY unpleasant... we almost walked out at that point, but I talked my companions to stay for the main show which was a little better.
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Wow.... It is difficult to find words to describe this event... It consisted of the "pre-show" performance by two "artists," and then the main performance. While the show itself was just ok - consisting of a couple of strange people writhing on...continued
_Parallax Scroll _is a multi-media performance piece that bridges the abstract landscapes of sound, light, time, and movement. A weaving together of ritualism, cascading projections, and both improvised and composed avant-garde music, take the participant on a voyage through the emergence of life.
A collective of artists, each utilizing different mediums, come together as Parallax Beach to make a unique work. Wes Johansen creates a visual representation of abstract thought through digital video projections, live editing and synchronizing with pre-recorded sound. In conjunction Mike Meanstreetz uses avant-garde percussion and composition techniques triggering video projections, tangling the participant of this ritualistic performance in a web of synaesthesia. These elements are accentuated as josie j conveys transformation to witnesses through ritualism/ meditative movement influenced partly by Butoh training and a background in performance art. Also performing in this piece are Zachary Vidal (saxophone/sampled noise) providing textured mood and Brennan Lowe (movement) setting the wheel of this cycle into motion.
Invoking the zeitgeist of the night’s multi-disciplinary performance, elle mehrmand *opens with a solo piece divined of haunting voice and movement. Passing through the theater’s entry way, the night’s performances will be initiated both spatial and temporally by a traversable light and sound installation by the artist *Lazer Blade.
About the Ticket Supplier: Highways Performance SpaceHighways Performance Space is Southern California's boldest center for new performance. Founded in 1989, Highways continues to be an important alternative cultural center in Los Angeles that encourages fierce new artists from diverse communities to develop and present innovative works.
Highways promotes the development of contemporary socially involved artists and art forms. Our mission is implemented through four programs (the performance space, workshop/university program and two galleries). Annually, Highways co-presents approximately 250 performances by solo dramatic artists, small theater groups, dance companies and spoken word artists; curates and exhibits approximately 12 contemporary visual art exhibits per year with work that explores the boundaries between performing and visual art forms; commissions and premieres new work by outstanding performing artists; organize special events, curate festival, offer residency and educational programs that engage community members in the arts while providing access to professionally-directed instruction.