Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Big City Forum: Creative Action #2
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
7 – 8:30 pm
The Auditorium, Otis Art Institute Main Campus
Yuval Sharon – Artistic Director, The Industry
Danielle Agami – Artistic Director, Ate9 Dance Company
Victoria Looseleaf – arts journalist at LA Times, contributing reporter at KUSC
In conjunction with Otis’ Creative Action program, Big City Forum presents a series of four discussions featuring individuals who reinvent social space and redefine how we engage with each other. The second panel scheduled for Tuesday, April 15th addresses the collaborative process between an opera director and a dance choreographer/director in relation to their recent trans-disciplinary staging of Italo Calvino’s “Invisible Cities” at LA’s Union Station and the performance installation Terry Riley: In C at the Hammer Museum.
Originally born in Israel in 1984, Agami studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance High School and was a member of the Batsheva Dance Company from 2002-2010. Between 2007-2009, Agami served as the artistic director of Batsheva Dancers Create and functioned as the company's rehearsal director from 2008-2010, during which she received the Yair Shapira Prize for Excellence in Dance in 2009. In 2011 Agami relocated to New York City, where she functioned as Senior Manager of Gaga U.S.A. Since arriving in the U.S., Agami met and taught thousands of dancers. During 2011 she created original work at Rutgers University (NJ), Boston Conservatory (MA), Springboard Montreal, Cornish College for the Arts (WA) and more. In 2012 After relocating to Seattle, Agami founded Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY, as her first longitudinal project and created both Sally meets Stu and Sheila for Ate9. In 2013, she presented TacTics for Ate9, Shula in Israel, for the Batsheva Ensemble, This Time Tomorrow for NorthWest Dance Project in Portland OR, Loose Gravel for Barak Ballet in L.A, and a unique collaboration with L.A Dance Project for Invisible Cities by The Industry Opera.
Victoria Looseleaf is an award winning arts journalist and regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times, Dance Magazine, Performances Magazine and KUSC-FM radio. She also contributes to the New York Times and writes the program notes and broadcast scripts for the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. In addition, she teaches Dance History at USC and does pre-concert talks at venues including the Los Angeles Music Center. She was the producer/host of the cable TV show on the arts, "The Looseleaf Report," which ran for 22 years in Los Angeles and New York, and now maintains a blog of the same name. One of her passions is covering international music and dance festivals, where her travels have taken her to places that include Abu Dhabi, Buenos Aires, Aix-en-Provence and Zakopane, Poland. Looseleaf has a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and a Master’s in the Performance and Literature of the Harp from Mills College. She has also released two albums, Harpnosis and Beyond Harpnosis, both registered trademarks.
Director and Producer Yuval Sharon, named a "Face to Watch in 2012" by the Los Angeles Times, has been creating an unconventional body of work that explores the boundaries of music, visual art, and concert theater. His productions have been described as "dizzyingly spectacular" (New York Magazine), "magical" (The Village Voice), "ingenious" (San Francisco Chronicle) and “staggering” (Opera News). Yuval directed a landmark production of John Cage’s Song Books at the San Francisco Symphony and Carnegie Hall with Joan La Barbara, Meredith Monk, and Jessye Norman. He also founded and serves as Artistic Director of The Industry, an experimental opera company in Los Angeles, where his inaugural production of Anne LeBaron's hyperopera Crescent City was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "groundbreaking" and "reshaping LA opera." Yuval was Project Director for four years of New York City Opera’s VOX, an annual workshop of new American opera, which became the most important crucible for new opera in the country under his direction. He has also worked with international houses like the San Francisco Opera, the Mariinsky Theater, the Bregenzer Festspiele in Austria, and the Komische Oper Berlin, as well as experimental venues like Le Poisson Rouge, Berkeley Opera, and the Deitch Projects.
BCF asks artists, writers, architects, designers, musicians, and curators to reflect on how they currently live, what they've learned through experience, and what they'd like to pass along to others. Through dialog we seek to identify the connections that run through our creative processes and daily lives. We intend to tell the story of Los Angeles through the words and work of its most inventive participants.