Lionel Popkin

Lionel Popkin: There is An Elephant in This Dance

“Lovely. A kinetic world that unearths new dimensions... a thrilling flurry of slicing and scooping limbs...” Dance Insider

Los Angeles premiere
The Sharon Disney Lund Dance Series

Playing off a comically overlarge plush elephant costume, worn in pieces or whole, this vividly imagined, adroitly executed quartet from Los Angeles dance artist Lionel Popkin looks at how an individual body can hold multiple histories and align itself with divergent cultural identities. By turns funny, uncanny and disquieting, There is An Elephant abounds with choreographic eloquence, clever direction and thematic layering: It organically elicits a set of meanings both obvious and unspoken, from the pachyderm in religious iconography to expressions of interior personal space. Popkin, an alumnus of Trisha Brown Dance Company, is joined on stage by Carolyn Hall, Ishmael Houston-Jones and Peggy Piacenza. With an original score by Robert Een.

There is An Elephant in This Dance is a project of 501 (see three) Arts, which is supported in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Additional funds for this performance provided by the Alma Hawkins Memorial Fund, Department of World Arts and Cultures, School of the Arts and Architecture, UCLA.

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THUR 5/20
8:30 pm
FRI 5/21
8:30 pm
SAT 5/22
8:30 pm
SUN 5/23
3:00 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff