Southern California is transformed for 11 days in January with more than 25 performances and large-scale outdoor sculptures. Part of the region-wide Pacific Standard Time initiative and presented by organizations throughout Southern California, the festival features restagings and reinventions of works created and performed by Los Angeles artists between 1945 and 1980.
Oguri performs in Kalpa. Photo: Moses Hacmon
Date: Friday, January 20, 2012 Time: Performance begins promptly at 7:00 p.m.; audience arrivals begin at 6:00 p.m. Location: Getty Center Entrance Hall Steps and Arrival Plaza
This major new site-specific commission by Hirokazu Kosaka kicks off the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival and transforms the Getty Center's Arrival Plaza into a sculptural and performative installation with an enormous spotlight, Butoh dancers, and hundreds of spools of colorful thread. In Sanskrit, kalpa means eon—a long period of time. Once every hundred years, an angel comes down from heaven and swipes the surface of a stone with her silk sleeves until the rock disappears. Kosaka builds a symbolic parallel between kalpa and the inevitable passage of time that slowly transforms our lives, histories, and memories.
Performers include Butoh master Oguri, leads a small company of dancers; musician and composer Yuval Ron, who creates an aural environment with a combination of live and recorded music; and sounds featuring harmonica player Tetsuya Nakamaura.
LAFMS Shoe performs at the Getty. Photo: J. Paul Getty Trust
Following the performance of Kalpa, the LAFMS Shoe ensemble, comprised of many of the core members of the Los Angeles Free Music Society, including Dennis Duck, Ace Farren Ford, Joseph Hammer, Fredrik Nilsen, Joe Potts, Rick Potts, Tom Recchion, and Vetza, play a series of duets that seamlessly morph from musician to musician, exposing a constantly evolving palette of musical voices.
Watch video of the performers rehearsing Kalpa before the event:
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