Tongva After Dark: Lionel Popkin's Inflatable Park

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Photo credit: Steven Gunther 

Photo credit: Steven Gunther 

The 2016 Tongva After Dark Series opens with a spectacular, new, site-specific dance work by noted Los Angeles choreographer Lionel Popkin.

 Inflatable Park, commissioned especially for Tongva Park by the City of Santa Monica's Cultural Affairs Division, is set on and around inflatable living room furniture nestled in the midst of Tongva Park.  Nine dancers will lean into, lie on top of and hang off of each other and bounce off the air-filled furniture.  "The dance looks, sometimes askance, at the systems of support that surround us, including people, objects and social structures." said Popkin abou his upcoming piece.