CalArts Office of International Relations and CultureHub present Rafael Lopez-Barrantes: Voice and Gesture Workshop/Residency
CalArts, XBOX (Main Gallery Conference Room)
INSTITUTE / THEATER: Rafael Lopez-Barrantes, Associate Head of Programs in Performance in the Theater School, will conduct a voice and gesture workshop with students at The Seoul Institute of the Arts via Telepresence. CalArts students of all disciplines are welcome to join the workshop. Interested students are required to RSVP with Annie Kim at email@example.com.
This workshop/performance art class is based on the extended vocal range techniques of the Roy Hart Theatre of France. The voice of each individual, as well as the group "voice" is explored in such a way as to contact sources of energy hidden deep within the body. The class begins with the voice of each individual just as it is. Therefore it is not necessary to have had previous vocal training to discover one's own expressiveness. Through breathing and body conditioning exercises we will approach sound, text and/or song. The movement/gesture work in the class evokes the world of dance-theatre and will be explored in connection to the voice.
The work is designed to:
- Strengthen, free and develop the vocal range of the performer
- Establish the connection within its source, the body
- Represent the voice through gesture and movement
- Address the interdisciplinary vocal demands currently placed on the performer
Rafael Lopez-Barrantes: My experience as a performer, as a researcher and teacher of extended vocal range techniques, has to be traced to the work I did as a member of the Roy Hart Theatre between 1974 and 1991, where I contributed to building its center for the arts in the South of France.
It was out of this context that I became a co-founder of Archipelago Theater Inc. in France (1984) and USA (1989) creating and directing theatre works.
My years of research and performing with the Roy Hart Theatre, my commitment to the Puppetry Arts, my work on the Flamenco form as well as Japanese Traditional Performing Arts, and my teaching positions at Duke University as well as the American Dance Festival since 1992, have led me firstly to establish the principles and foundations which form the basis for artistic expression and secondly create a methodology designed to extend the vocal range of the performer.
CalArts, C-Art Critique Space and C-Art Courtyard
ART: Artworks from the 2013 Found Art Competition will be on view at the C-Art Critique Space and C-Art Courtyard. There will be an awards reception for the competition's winners on April 11 @ 5 pm.
CalArts, Coffeehouse Theater
THEATER: Original thesis inspired by Anne Frank's diary that discusses parental relationships, love triangles, and war through dance, language and history.
D300 Gallery: Johanna Reed MFA ART
D301 Gallery: Chandler McWilliams MFA ART
L-SHAPE Gallery: Hye Jin Hwang BFA ART
MAIN Gallery Perimeter: Laurelee Pope MFA ART
A402 Gallery: Satoe Fukushima MFA ART
LIME Gallery: Arnulfo Reyes BFA PHOTO
MINT Gallery: Vivian Sming MFA ART
CalArts, Main Gallery
MUSIC: A dance video that promotes LGBT youth to come out of the closet and embrace who they are. The project is supported by a Diversity Grant given by CalArts.
CalArts, Bijou Theater
FILM/VIDEO: Leighton Pierce’s cinema transforms ordinary sounds and visual impressions into ecstatic experiences filled with new kinds of movements and sensory rediscoveries of the world. Often hovering between definition and abstraction, and between gestural implication and narrative meaning, his musical eye and ear find beauty and magic in everyday places and situations.
"At times, it seems Pierce is capturing the beauty, the ecstasy contained in matter before its inevitable disappearance. Each of these short works is an exploration of such transient rhythms … refracted and folded such that the captured quotidian moment becomes protracted, eternal." —Mubarak Ali, New Zealand Film Festival
- Thursday (1991, 3:00 min., 16mm)
- Glass (1998, 7:00 min., 16mm)
- Wood (2000, 8:00 min., Video)
- Water Seeking its Level (2002, 4:00 min., Video)
- Pink Socks (2002, 4:00 min., Video)
- Evaporation (2002, 10:00 min., Video)
- Viscera (2004, 11:00 min., Video)
Still: Water Seeking its Level
Stills: Peripheral Induction
- Retrograde Premonition (2010, 5:00 min., HD video)
- Peripheral Induction (2013, 30:00 min., HD video)
Retrograde Premonition and Peripheral Induction look and sound like floating mind—the vicissitudes of thought, feeling, and the senses. Not limited by the portrayal of actual events, these videos work to encourage a roaming consciousness through images and sounds that may or may not be present.
Pierce constructs these videos from images recorded with a moving handheld digital still camera at long exposures. He then weaves the stills into video shots. Each individual image bears the mark of time from motion blur—a blur that may in fact contradict the apparent motion of the frame. He composes the entire soundscape as a counterpoint once picture editing is complete.
"The call is to provide a clear sense of embodied wholeness while simultaneously denying the possibility of objectification-- a moving image and sound practice that inhabits the very edges of the "narrativizing" impulse. The rug is present while it is simultaneously being slipped out from under you." – Leighton Pierce
(Fragments and in-progress)
- Anytime (2013, 4:00 min.)
- Installation segments (2006-2010, 10:00 min.)
- Threshold of Affinity (in-progress)(10:00 min.)
Leighton Pierce creates experiences in transformative time using film, video, and sound. He creates multi-channel site-specific installations as well as single channel works that have been exhibited in major art museums and film festivals throughout the world including The Whitney Bienniale, Sundance, San Francisco, New York, Tribeca, and Rotterdam Film Festivals, the Exploratorium in San Francisco, the Musée d’art contemporain in Montréal, and The Sheldon Art Museum. Retrospectives of his works have been presented at venues such as, The New Zealand Film Festival, Lincoln Center, The Cinémathèque française, Festival Nemo, and Pompidou Center in Paris, and at The Lisbon Biennale. He has received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, The Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Creative Capital.
Pierce studied ceramics and music composition, especially jazz and electronic music, before making films. His first move into filmmaking came about from his desire to add a visual component to taped music. It is a continuation of this early interest in music and the related process of constructing of emotional experiences in time that continue to guide his work.
Pierce is currently Acting Dean of the School of Art and Design at Pratt Institute In Brooklyn, NY.
"I feel comfortable in saying that it jumps up to the highest levels of art, in which the combination of technical skills and comprehensions, and some given "subject" somehow combine to produce far more than either could do on their own. One can see this quality in Vermeer, in Caravaggio, in Uccello’s Battles, in Rembrandt’s self-portraits, or in Beethoven’s late Quartets. And one can see it here." – Jon Jost
ART: “Paul Sietsema uses photographs and other objects that reference specific bodies of knowledge as starting points for his carefully crafted drawings and sculptures, which he then films. His films arrange and compare the original images and objects-and the ideas, information and knowledge associated with them-in ways that combine with the artist’s practice of working in different media at each stage of his projects to explore how imagery and material affect our understanding of culture and history.
Sietsema (born 1968) has had one-person exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; and the Whitney Museum of American Art and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005, a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Fellowship in 2008, and a Wexner Center Residency Award in 2009. Sietsema lives and works in Los Angeles and Berlin.”
- Interview with Sietsema in Art in America:
CalArts, The Wild Beast
MUSIC: Stephanie Moorhouse, Yu-Ting Wu and guests performing works from Vivaldi to Philip Glass.
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall
MUSIC: Come support and enjoy the vocal stylings of Arielle Deem. From original tunes and jazz to some funk and soul, BFA and MFA musicians come together for an exciting evening of musical appreciation and exploration.
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