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JOYCE LU – Grace Needs a Mirror
November 4, 2016 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm PDT$15 – $20
What makes a person “insane” versus “normal”? What does it mean to be institutionalized? How much poison can you swallow and come out yourself? A professor is thrown from the halls of academe into a psychiatric hospital where she meets a host of characters who force her to confront karma from her past life as an opium lord in Shanghai. Grace Needs a Mirror explores how institutional violence marks bodies and psyches from one life to the next. Where’s the line between poison and a cure? The relationship between fear and liberation?
In this piece, writer and performer Joyce Lu collaborates with video designer Hsuan-Kuang Hsieh to braid different worlds together in order to explore various means of escaping the spaces that are constructed to limit us. Featuring Special Guests: Aidan Park & guitar and song by Florence Yoo.
Friday + Saturday, November 4 + 5 @ 8.30pm
$20 general admission / $15 members, students, seniors
Joyce Lu is a local performing artist and educator. She is a member of Body Weather Laboratory (BWL), directed by Naoyuki Oguri and Roxanne Steinberg in Los Angeles and has performed with BWL in various collaborations with Hirokazu Kosaka and the Arcane Collective at the Guggenheim and Getty museums, the REDCAT, and the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center. She has also performed with Los Angeles Poverty Department in A (micro) history of world economics, danced, directed by Pascal Rambert in 2013, and in Settlement in 2014, a collaboration between LAPD and SOIT of Brussels. Her last appearance at Highways was in Denise Uyehara’s piece, The Senkotsu (Mis)translation Project in 2009. Joyce also dances with Christine Germain and Diana Lara in the San Francisco Bay Area and practices Balinese dance with Burat Wangi in LA. She is a certified Feldenkrais Method Practitioner and she currently teaches in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Pomona College.
Hsuan-Kuang Hsieh is a video artist born in Taipei, Taiwan. Currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Her works often integrates new media, installation, film and hybrid forms of photography, sculpture and text to create live experiences for her viewers. As a video designer, she has been working with theater directors, artists and choreographers. She believes projection on stage should be moving images which constantly change and evolve with live actions on stage. It is not only a part of scenic elements but a story being delivered to the audience. Her currently stage works include: Until Until Until…, Performa 15 directed by Edgar Arceneaux, which won the Malcolm Mclaren Award (3LD Technology and Art Center, NY); The Glue Factory Project- “Parallel Lives” by Corning Works, rated as the Top Ten (2/10) Dance Events of 2014 (New Hazzault Theater, Pittsburgh); new opera “Afterword” by Sean Griffin (Festival: Ostrava Days, Ostrava, Czech Republic); “Circle Jerk” by Robert Cucuzza (REDCAT); “Ameryka” by Nancy Keystone (Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles); “Dry Land” by Joyce Lu (Pomona College) and others.
Directed by Barry Shabaka Henley
Scenic Design by Carlo Maghirang
Lighting Design by Wen-ling Liao
Sound Design by Jesse Mandapat