Lionel Popkin:

Lionel Popkin: Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

“Popkin has a flair for originality that periodically has you realizing that you are smiling to yourself in the dark.”
The Washington Post

“Delightfully mercurial.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer


Sharon Disney Lund Dance Series

Inspired in part by the career of American modern dance pioneer Ruth St. Denis, Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore is an evening-length trio by the engaging choreographer and dancer Lionel Popkin, performed to a live score by Guy Klucevsek for accordion 
and violin, with Sara Parkins on violin. St. Denis was famed for her lavish “Oriental” dances built from her fascination with Eastern cultures and a love of elaborate costuming. Popkin foraged through St. Denis’ archives, inquiring into the legendary figure’s acts of appropriation, as well as her original sources. This legacy allows Popkin—who is half Jewish and half Indian—to playfully wrestle with his own uncertainties and awkwardness with representations of South Asia. Amid a vast array of costume elements and lush fabrics, the performers attempt to order a messy journey that questions the mechanisms of cultural sourcing, representation and transmission.

Part of the Radar L.A. Artist in Action program, with generous support from ArtPlace America.

Funded in part with generous support from the National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency Program, and the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and with additional support from
 the National Endowment for the Arts. Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore is an NPN Creation Fund/Forth Fund Project co-commissioned by REDCAT in partnership
 with Alverno Presents, Dance Place and NPN. For more information, visit

New England Foundation for the Arts

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Date/Time G M/ST CA
THU 6/12
8:30 pm
$20 $16 $10
FRI 6/13
8:30 pm
$20 $16 $10
SAT 6/14
8:30 pm
$25 $20 $12

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff