Under the direction of award winning site artist Stephan Koplowitz, eight adventurous dancers, acclaimed NYC composer/performer, Todd Reynolds and a host of invited area artists converge on historically, culturally and ecologically significant sites throughout Los Angeles. After three weeks of intensive research, rehearsal and experimentation, TaskForce will perform over seven days in response to these unusual, inspiring and challenging sites connected by water, an enduringly important and controversial resource in Southern California.
CalArts and the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) Present
STEPHAN KOPLOWITZ: TASKFORCE

Liquid Landscapes


A site-specific performance tour of water related sites throughout the Los Angeles area.

June 29 - July 6, 2008

CONCEIVED, DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY 
Stephan Koplowitz

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER 
Hassan Christopher

ORIGINAL MUSIC PERFORMED & COMPOSED BY 
Todd Reynolds

COSTUMES BY
Rachel Weir

TASKFORCE COMPANY 
Nicole Berger 
Joshua Marin-Hepfl
Storme Sundberg 
Kevin Williamson 
Alexandria Yalj
Sarah Young

With

Rachel Butler-Green 
Marisa Jimenez 


TaskForce has been specially commissioned and is funded by the Transatlantic Arts Consortium (TAC), a partnership formed by CalArts, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Dartington HallTrust, Dartington College of Arts and King Edward VI Community College.
TAC CalArts producer LISA BARR.


Schedule of Events


THE WATERCOURT @ CALIFORNIA PLAZA

SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2008, 8 P.M.

Presented by GRAND PERFORMANCES

The one-week tour of Los Angeles water themed sites will launch with the screening of an original dance film inspired by locations from Roman Polanski’s Chinatown. A full length viewing of the original film follows.

MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2008, 12 NOON AND 5 P.M.

TaskForce presents hour-long ambient installations of structured improvisational dance and music echoing the rhythms and sculptural design of this public water court. 300–350 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles 90071 Parking garage is on Olive Street between 1st and 4th Streets. $7.50 after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day Saturdays and Sundays.


FARMERS MARKET

Presented by THE A.F. GILMORE COMPANY

TUES, JULY 1, 2008 9:30 A.M.–11 A.M.
INSIDE THE FARMERS MARKET

TaskForce will create performance events through the aisles inspired by the mood, history, commerce and architecture of the Market.

12:15 P.M.–1 P.M. ON THE MARKET PLAZA

In the shadow of the iconic Farmers Market Clock Tower TaskForce will create a 45-minute movement event. Located at 3rd and Fairfax (6333 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles) Parking is available in either of the Market’s two convenient lots.



TASKFORCE REMIXED

Presented by THE OPEN SPACE

WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 2008, 8:30 P.M.

Live in studio performance-jam and improvisational remix session including a film screening of Koplowitz’s most recent dance shorts plus performances by collaborating artists in the TaskForce company including NYC composer Todd Reynolds.

Suggested Donation $10.

Proceeds to benefit Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR)

209 S. Garey Street, Los Angeles 90012

Street Parking


PORT OF LOS ANGELES-BANNING’S LANDING COMMUNITY CULTURAL CENTER

Presented in association with
THE CALARTS COMMUNITY ARTS PARTNERSHIP (CAP) and THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS

THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2008, 6 P.M.

At the Banning’s Landing Community Cultural Center at the Port of Los Angeles, TaskForce collaborates with CAP visual artist-educators Manuel Cuchilla, Levi Brewster and middle school art students from the community to create a visual installation for TaskForce’s site-specific performance.

100 E. Water Street (at Avalon) in Wilmington

Parking on site


THE BEACHES OF MALIBU

With guest artists LOS ANGELES URBAN RANGERS

FRIDAY, JULY 4, 2008, 2 P.M.

TaskForce goes to the beach with guest artists LOS ANGELES URBAN RANGERS on a series of adventurous performances capturing the natural fireworks of bodies in motion against the dramatic landscape of the Pacific Coastline. Performers dance a highly kinetic series of improvisational scores embodying the Rangers' playful public tour of a Malibu beach.

Meet at 2:00 pm at MALIBU'S CARBON BEACH COASTAL ACCESS POINT near 22126 Pacific Coast Highway


UNDER SPRING STREET BRIDGE

Presented by FARMLAB/STUDIO FOR SOCIAL SCULPTURE

SATURDAY, JULY 5, 2008, 3:00 P.M.

TaskForce performs under the Spring Street Bridge, at the Studio for Social Sculpture and at the neighboring Cornfield—L.A.’s birthplace. The L.A. River regularly flooded the Cornfield, nurturing the crops that grew a young city.

1745 North Spring Street, Los Angeles 90012

Parking: behind the Farmlab building on Baker St. adjacent to L.A. State Historic Park.


LOS ANGELES RIVER

Presented by FRIENDS OF THE LOS ANGELES RIVER (FoLAR)

SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2008, 9:30 A.M.

Guided Bus Tour begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.
Cost: $50 (includes lunch), FoLAR members $45:
call FoLAR at 323-223-0585 for tickets & information.

TaskForce collaborates with FoLAR on an “edu-tainment” performance tour featuring acclaimed L.A. poet Suzanne Lummis and noted writer/guide Jenny Price. TaskForce will perform at scenic and historic locations along the 51-mile river.

The tour begins at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens at:

560 West Avenue 26, Los Angeles 90065


directions available at www.lamountains.com/maps/riverCenter.pdf