LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes presents TLACANTZOLLI: MONSTERS AND CHIMERAS • August 17 – September 8
An art exhibition by print-makers Daniel González and Joel Rendón
Tlacantzolli, which in Nahuatl means “Men squeezed together,” alludes to monsters and chimeras. Human beings have always been fascinated by the idea of being able to absorb the energies of other creatures and manifest their attributes through some sort of magical process or meditation. Daniel González’s and Joel Rendón’s hybrids of creatures and humans illustrate the idea of Tlacantzolli while also contemporizing it, pushing viewers to consider how their everyday interactions with the environment and the world transforms them. Through his linocuts, González and Rendón join a long legacy of artists who politicize mythological imagery in order to incite discussion on topics such as the military industrial complex, identity, and the continued destruction of the environment.
THE THREE-FIFTHS PROJECT • September 22 – November 16
An exhibition by photographer Ibarionex Perello
Presented with Pasadena Photography Arts
Inspired by August Wilson’s play, Gem of the Ocean, The Three-Fifths Project explores the legacy of slavery and institutional racism. The photographs reflect the perpetual sense of tension, anxiety and insecurity faced by men and women of color, while also evoking the sense of bloodline and legacy. The title is derived from the Three-Fifths Compromise in the US. Constitution, a conceit that not only claimed that blacks were less than human, but that their value was measured by how they benefited the wealth, power and prosperity of white males.
FROM HEAVEN [ORUN] TO EARTH [AIYÊ] • September 22 at 4:30pm
An Afro-Brazilian Dance Journey & Fashion Show
Presented with Viver Brasil
Witness the ancestral wisdom of African royalty as Viver Brasil salutes the Orixas – forces of nature – in captivating movement, rhythm, and costumes. Experience the energy of oceans, rivers, rainbows, winds, and storms along with the vibrations of justice and prosperity. Join us on the front lawn for this outdoor, dancing journey.
DIWALI BLOCK PARTY • October 26 at 4:30pm
A Festival of Lights Celebration
Presented with MKM Bollystars Dance Company
Celebrate Diwali! – The Festival of Lights! Heralding the New Year, Diwali is one of the biggest celebrations in India. Featuring live, outdoor performances by MKM Bollystars Dance Company, tasty culinary treats, and the opportunity to participate in a community art installation, join us on the front lawn for a celebratory afternoon for all ages!
A SAD TALE’S BEST FOR WINTER • A Feminist adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale • November 17 at 6:30pm
A staged reading by Anna Miles
Presented with Beating of Wings: An Artist Collective
Is it possible to move forward – and to heal – in moments when catastrophic violence can’t be erased with forgiveness? With a merging of new and classic language, and through song, dance, and spoken word, A Sad Tale’s Best for Winter explores this question by interrupting and disrupting Shakespeare’s text. This new play brings the story into a world where a new generation struggles to undo the centuries of fear, pain, and violence in the hopes of creating a new, better world.
ROOM BY THE SEA • December 7 at 7:30pm
A staged reading by John Guerra
Presented with Coin & Ghost Theatre Company
Based on the myth of Daedalus and Icarus, Room By The Sea is a story you know. It is a story of parents, children, class, and coming of age – but it is also a story of monsters. The king of an island nation has a secret, and it is one that can only be described as monstrous.
LATINA CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: AN AMERICAN COMEDY OF LATINA PROPORTIONS • December 9 at 7:30pm
Presented with Latino Theater Company
A timely comedy about those of us who ride the edge between the culture of our immigrant parents and the culture of our home, America. Every ethnicity can relate to the feeling that their parents and families are a little “weird” (that’s a nice word) during the holidays when compared to the traditional American Christmases fed to us on TV. Three comedian friends: Sandra Valls (Showtime’s “Latin Divas of Comedy”) Maria Russell (MTV’s “Teen Wolf”) and Diana Yanez (Margaret Cho’s “Sensuous Woman”) show us with their personal tales that every family has its own hilarious peculiarities, everyone wants to belong, and every one, regardless of their background, has a hard time at some point in their life. Read more.
BALLAD OF HAINT BLUE • December 22 at 6:30pm
By Roxie Perkins
Co-Directed by Taylor Greenthal
A staged reading presented with Pasadena Mental Health Advisory Committee & Project Sister Family Services
In order to make sense of the violence that seems to follow them wherever they go, a young, single mom teaches her daughter a murder ballad that was passed down to her from her own mother about a monster that can climb inside of anyone and make them “bad.” Told in a non-linear structure with interwoven songs, Ballad of Haint Blue explores the weight of generational trauma and how far people will go to protect their families from the monsters of the world– including themselves.
ANOTHER PERFECT DAY • January 25 at 8pm
A world premier opera presented with LA Opera
More details coming soon!
NOISE NOW RESIDENCIES
Noise Now is providing rehearsal space and other resources to foster the development of new work and to build allyship with peer organizations. Read more.
PAST NOISE NOW EVENTS
Noise Now is an opportunity to expand our family by engaging with our neighboring communities and peer organizations. Noise Now is more than an audience development initiative – it is a commitment to being a great neighbor, to building relationships with audiences and artists, and to demonstrating our eagerness to listen well and respond courageously.
Noise Now is an enhanced commitment to being of service to all audiences. We aim to illuminate and activate underrepresented populations, communities of color, young people, and all others not equitably represented at the theatre. In addition, we are activating non-traditional or underutilized spaces throughout the A Noise Within campus. We are excited to challenge ourselves, identify how disruptive we can push to be, and commit to making decisions “with” – as opposed to “for” – our audiences.
By expanding our artistry to include dance, music, art installations, non-traditional theatre and beyond, we are opening our home to audiences new to theatre and new to us, in addition to facilitating work that illuminates overlap between our mission and the missions of our collaborators.
By hosting increasingly inclusive events and pursuing partnerships with peer organizations, we aim to expand our reach and diversify our offerings. This is an opportunity to listen to our neighbors, identify who’s not in the room, and hold ourselves accountable to being flexible and working differently where appropriate.
Join us as we re-introduce ourselves, as we go outside our comfort zone, and as we ask how we can be of service to our neighborhood.