The Rachel Rosenthal Company, the brainchild of renown interdisciplinary performer & artist Rachel Rosenthal, is set to collaborate with CalArts faculty member, percussionist Amy Knoles (Music BFA 82) and violinist Eric Clark (Music MFA 06). The two CalArtians, who are two-thirds of the California E.A.R. Unit, will be featured as part of the Company's TOHUBOHU! Extreme Theater Ensemble performances which will run July 9-11 in Los Angeles. The collaboration involves "total free improvisation" between the two groups.
From the Rachel Rosenthal Company:
Rosenthal’s performance aesthetic integrates movement, voice, choreography, improvisation, costuming, music, lighting, and sets into seismic experiences. This genre of work, total free improvisation, is unique. The name "tohubohu" (from ancient Hebrew), loosely translated, means “collision or chaos” which is how Rosenthal describes the process of creating each performance. Nobody knows what will happen in advance – not Rosenthal, not Company members, and certainly not the audience. This uncertainly charges the performance, psychologically, for all involved.
The collaboration is one of many that Knoles and Rosenthal have shared together over many years. Knoles collaborated on Rosenthal's final full-length solo piece UR-BOOR. She also scored Rosenthal's 60-performer piece Zone at the UCLA Center for the Performing Arts, as well as performed several pieces live with Rosenthal throughout the US and Europe. As TOHUBOHU! guest artists, Knoles and Clark will be integrated into The Ensemble with their live improvisational music performance.
Below is a TOHUBOHU! preview:
The Rachel Rosenthal Company's
TOHUBOHU! Extreme Theater Ensemble
~ Featuring the California EAR Unit ~
Friday – Sunday night
July 9, 10, 11, 2010;
Friday – Saturday: 8:30 – 10:00 p.m., Sunday 7:30– 9:00 p.m.
The Rachel Rosenthal Company
at Espace DbD
2847 South Robertson Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90034