Please Note: Due to the Presidential Debate on Wednesday, October 19, this event is now being presented on Tuesday, October 18 from 7:30pm-8:30pm.
Los Angeles choreographer Lionel Popkin returns with his spectacular, site-specific dance work Inflatable Park. Commissioned especially for Tongva Park by the City of Santa Monica's Cultural Affairs Division, the piece is set on and around inflatable living room furniture nestled in the midst of Tongva Park.
For one night only an extraordinary group of artists from around the L.A. region will create a multiple-performance event in the intimate "rooms" of Tongva Park.
The "Family Dance Jam" comes to Tongva Park. Featuring two 45 minutes sets, the "Family Dance Jam" is an inter-generational movement workshop designed for people of all ages, incorporating both open play and directed experience, ensuring that each participant and family gets their own unique dance part
Come to Tongva Park for a demonstration and workshop of taiko drumming, one of Japan's oldest and most revered musical traditions. Performers from the Taiko Center of L.A. will be playing traditional taiko music and sharing insights about the history and cultural significance of this ancient art. The audience will also be invited to participate in a taiko workshop and play these beautiful drums themselves, culminating in an interactive performance with both musicians and audience.
Tongva Park Family Saturdays kicks off with a performance by musician and instrument maker, Martin Espino, one of the world's foremost experts on music of the Ancient Americas. Families are invited to both listen and learn, as Espino performs traditional songs from Ancient Mexico and South America, and shares his unique instruments
Bring a picnic, friends and family and join us in Tongva Park for an evening of music and dancing under the stars with some of the best new Latin-American music the Los Angeles scene has to offer.
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.
For one-night only an extraordinary group of artists from around the L.A. region will create a multiple-performance event in the intimate "rooms" of Tongva Park, with choreographer Alexx Shilling, guitarist Mak Grgic, and the experimental puppetry and toy theater of Automata. Audiences are invited to discover the varied performances at their own pace as they stroll the unusual geography of the park.
Michael Heralda is a national touring, recording artist, and cultural presenter who uses stories, narratives, poetry, and interactive music to share Mexican/Aztec Culture with all ages. Over 45 hand-made indigenous instruments will be on display and demonstrated as part of the program. Audience participation is encouraged.
Holly Rothschild returns with her spectacular site-specific dance work "Seaclipse", commissioned especially for Tongva Park. The work will traverse five different areas of the park, highlighting its varied natural settings and one-of-a--kind architectural features. Spectators will be encouraged to follow the dancers into each of the park's distinctive terrains exploring the landscape's extraordinary textures, intimate spaces and urban vistas.
Choreographed by Holly Rothschild, the piece features dancers; Genevieve Carson, Danny Dolan, Lavinia Findikoglu, Princess Mecca, and Andrea Sobke.