Friday, July 22, 2005

Check out GL's new works!

Great Leap proudly presents “Collaboratory,” two nights of collaborative performance by seven emerging artists of color on July 30-31 at La Finestra, downtown LA’s newest gallery/performance space.

"Collaboratory" is Great Leap’s new mentorship initiative, designed to train emerging artists of color in cross-cultural collaborative performance as well as community-based leadership skills. Led by internationally-reknowned performance artist Dan Kwong with numerous guest teachers and mentors, Collaboratory's basic goal is to help develop the next generation of artist/leaders in our local communities of color.

Participating artists are: D’Lo, Shyamala Moorty, traci kato-kiriyama, Emeka Simmons, LaTrice A. Dixon, Pete Lee, and Gabriela Lopez. The artists participated in eight weeks of workshops developing performance and leadership skills, and exploring the possibilities and challenges of cross-cultural collaboration. These work-in-progress performances will feature a fusion of theater, spoken word, dance, and multimedia.

Collaboratory was conceived by Great Leap Artistic Director Nobuko Miyamoto who has long been creating performance works that cross cultural borders. “Collaboratory artists are the future. They give us new eyes us to appreciate and negotiate the complex cultural maze we live in.”

Performances are Saturday, July 30 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, July 31 at 8:00 pm at La Finestra, 240 West 21st Street in downtown L.A. (21st & Grand Ave). Admission is FREE but donations are greatly appreciated. For more information or to RSVP please e-mail: lisa[at] or call: (213) 250-8800

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