The National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Los Angeles
Department of Cultural Affairs to Announce Artists and Authors
for Guadalajara International Book Fair
PERFORMING ARTISTS (In Alphabetical Order)
1. 1984 (Explande)
The Actors’ Gang will present its re-imagined production of George Orwell’s classic novel “1984” adapted for the stage by San Francisco Mime Troupe Director, Michael Gene Sullivan and directed by The Actors Gang’s Artistic Director, Tim Robbins. 1984 is the cautionary tale of the oppressive, totalitarian society in which citizens live in perpetual fear of Big Brother.
2. Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary, A One Woman Show by Marissa Chibas (Teatro Experimental)
Marissa Chibas’ one-woman show is a passionately moving collection of stories that preserve the vivid voices of her family’s experience under the tyranny of Fidel Castro. Three key narratives are explored, featuring the lives of her father Raul, her mother Dalia, and her uncle Eduardo. California Institute for the Arts and the Center for New Performance will be presenting Ms. Chibas for two nights at Teatro Experimental de Jalisco during FIL.
3. Cultural Crossroads (World Dance Night) with Jessica Fichot, Niyaz, and Ricardo Lemvo (Explande)
Fichot is a chanteuse, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist that draws from her French, Chinese, and American upbringing. Niyaz is the brainchild of three musicians mixing old and new music styles featuring lyrics drawn from Sufi mystics, Persian poetry, and classic poetry sung in Urdu. The trio is comprised of DJ Carmen Rizzo, hammered dulc imer player Azam Ali, and vocalist Loga Ramin Torkian. Lemvo’s innovative music combines Latin and African elements from salsa to soukous. A Congo-born artist of Angolan ancestry, Lemvo is the embodiment of the Afro-Latin Diaspora which connects Africa with Cuban clave rhythm singing in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Kikongo, and other languages. Presented by Grand Performances.
4. Diavolo Dance Company (Explande)
Diavolo presents an evening of avant garde dance-theater involving sculptural objects. Diavolo was founded to create large-scale interdisciplinary performances which examine the funny and frightening ways people act with an environment utilizing surrealistic, sometime outrageous, sets or props. Diavolo’s founder and chief choreographer is Jacques Heim who has worked with Cirque du Soleil.
5. Farid Mercury by Robert Karimi (Teatro Dianita)
Robert Farid Karimi is an interdisciplinary playwright, humorist, activist, and poet.
A San Francisco Bay Area native, Karimi is a graduate of UCLA and has been featured worldwide. He has performed for Def Poetry Jam, Latino Literature Today, and Total Chaos: The Art and the Aesthetics of Hip Hop by Jeff Chang. He is currently working on Punto!, a Latino spoken-word anthology.
6. John Schneider presents Partch (Paraninfo)
John Schneider and his seven member ensemble, Partch, will take the audience on a fantastic tuned percussion, micro-tonal journey specializing in the music and instruments of the iconoclastic American maverick composer Harry Partch who created some of the most sensually alluring and emotionally powerful music from the 1930’s to the 1970’s. Presented by Grand Performances.
7. Los Lobos (Explande)
Los Lobos is a seminal Los Angeles band founded in East Los Angeles in 1973 that has evolved into one of the most respected Latin rock bands in the nation. Using musical modes built on their Mexican-American heritage and the blues, rockabilly, and jazz, Los Lobos subtly challenges their audiences with conscience raising songs and thought-provoking lyrics. Presented by Plaza de la Raza.
8. Lula Washington Dance Theatre (Explande)
Grand Performances presents Lula Washington Dance Theater (LWDT). LWDT is a multi-member dance group, well-known for their spirited contemporary dance pieces, ranging from the humoristic to the political. Founded in 1980 by respected choreographer Lula Washington, the theater based in South Central Los Angeles has risen to become one of the most admired African-American dance companies in the West.
9. Ozomatli Live (Explande)
In the 13 years they have been together, the members of Ozomatli have gone from being hometown heroes to being named U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassadors. Their music is a wonderful combination of urban-Latino, hip hop, salsa, East LA R&B, dancehall and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, New Orleans second line, Jamaican reggae, and Indian raga. Their musical mantra is “We will take you around the world by taking you around L.A.” Presented by The Roy and Edna Disney Cal Arts Theater.
10. Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble (Explande)
The Phil Ranelin Jazz Ensemble will take its audiences on a jazz journey presenting the historical evolution of jazz in Los Angeles as a unique American music genre. Ranelin is a respected master trombonist and has played with some of the most renowned musicians in American jazz. Presented by World Stage Performance Gallery providing leadership to secure, preserve, and advance the position of African-American music, literature, and storytelling to local, national, and international audiences.
11. Poncho Sanchez (Explanade)
Poncho Sanchez is a story-teller and a leader of one of the most popular Latin jazz groups in the world today. His congas spin vivacious tales that pay homage to the glory of Afro-Cuban rhythms mixed with bebo p. In 2000 his ensemble won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album.
12. Songs from the City of Angels (World Music Night) with Halau Keali’l O Nalani, Shakti Dance Company and Viver Brazil (Explande)
Halau Keali’l O Nalani offers work that honors Hawai’ian myths and legends of gods and ancestors through the expressive language of Hula movement, chant, and music in both contemporary and ancient styles. Shakti Dance Company depicts the cosmos through bharatanatyam – the temple dance from South India. Viver Brasil is an award winning Afro-Brazilian ensemble that can perform diverse offerings from Brazil backed by an array of drums, vocals, and string instruments. T he Foundation for World Arts and Cultures and the UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance will be presenting World Dance Night.
13. Southwest Chamber Music (Teatro Diana)
The Southwest Chamber Music is an international champion of the music of Mexico’s great composer, Carlos Chavez. The orchestra received two Grammy Awards and six consecutive Grammy nominations between 2003 and 2007. The FIL program will focus on the complete chamber music of Carlos Chavez as well as the complete Fifteen Encounters series by Los Angeles composer William Kraft and incorporate the Tambuco Percussion Ensemble of Mexico City.
14. Wayne Shorter Quartet (Explande)
Born in Newark, New Jersey on August 25, 1933, Shorter had his first great jazz epiphany as a teenager when the jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Kenton played at the local theater. Shorter has worked with such greats as Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, and John Coltrane. Wayne Shorter received a Grammy Award for his 2003 album, Alegria. Wayne Shorter is a current NEA Jazz Master, the country ’s highest honor presented to jazz musicians.
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