Dance… or theater? Performance duo casebolt and smith deconstruct their creative process in a fast-paced, intricately layered, meta-theatrical new work that offers a complex and hilarious glimpse into the minds and pants of the performers. The Los Angeles premiere of O(h) opens on January 13, 2011 The Actors Company Theatre in West Hollywood.
”In O(h), Liz Casebolt and Joel Smith cross the line between dance and theater in an irreverent exploration of their own limitations as artists. Relying on their friendship and shared sense of humor, the pair reveals their choreographic methods and collaborative rapport to analyze gender and sexuality politics as well as the overly serious traditions of modern dance. They speak directly to the audience, sing while dancing, and layer their performance with pop culture references, creating a theatrical work that demonstrates what they can, can’t – and won’t – do as dancers.”
“This piece transcends dance and appeals to a very wide audience,” says Casebolt. “That’s why we’ve decided to give it a six-week theatrical run in a theater space.”
“We want to collapse the pretentiousness with which dance tries to carry itself,” explains Smith. “We have fun, but in a way that illuminates our craft.”
For the Los Angeles premiere, casebolt and smith teamed up with award-winning architects Predock_Frane who carefully deconstructed and mapped out the way the duo interacts with the space, mirroring the genesis of the piece. The result is a TRON-like environment of sleek surfaces and luminescent el wire that will transport audiences swiftly into the world of O(h).
Founded in 2006, casebolt and smith is a contemporary dance/theater duet company that has become known for its unique and innovative voice. Joel Smith’s research on gender and queer representation lives on in his work as a writer of dance, while Liz Casebolt’s choreography reflects her interest in collaboration and community. Based in L.A., casebolt and smith tours nationally and internationally and has presented work at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast; Vancouver International Dance Festival in Canada; Joyce SoHo in New York; Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego; Counter Pulse in San Francisco; the Herberger Theater in Phoenix; and, in L.A., at Diavolo Dance Space and Highways.
O(h) performs 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday through Feb. 19. Tickets are $30; $22 students and seniors. Call 800-838-3006 or go to www.caseboltandsmith.com.
The Actors Company Theatre is located at 916a N. Formosa Ave, West Hollywood, CA90046.
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