Ralph Lemon/Cross Performance

Ralph Lemon/Cross Performance:
How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere


“Lemon has long mesmerized audiences… It is not surprising that he would move so nimbly between disciplines.” –The New York Times

The Sharon Disney Lund Dance Series

Los Angeles premiere | Highlighting the Alpert Award in the Arts

A homemade spaceship built from scrap metal and wood serves as a poignant metaphor in the latest work by Alpert Award-winning choreographer and artist Ralph Lemon, who commissioned the craft as part of his eight-year friendship and creative collaboration with Walter Carter, a former Mississippi Delta sharecropper born at the turn of the 20th century. Lemon’s multimedia work How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere juxtaposes images and memories of Walter and his family with fearless dancing by Lemon’s six-member company and sophisticated video imagery, including references to Andrei Tarkovsky’s landmark 1972 sci-fi film Solaris. Described by Lemon as a “speculative fiction epic,” the production bridges the personal and the universal, draws from myths and realities, and reminds us, as Lemon says, of “the special, ordinary, and inspiring human commonality of how one lives a life.”

Funded in part with generous support from The Herb Alpert Foundation. The Alpert Award in the Arts, a fellowship program that supports innovative practitioners in the fields of dance, film/video, music, theater and visual arts, is administered by CalArts on behalf of The Herb Alpert Foundation. 

Funded in part with generous support from The National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts. NDP is supported by lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, with additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust.

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In addition to the performances, CHIME in Southern California presents Ralph Lemon in Conversation, featuring Ralph Lemon in coversation with Margaret Jenkins and the 2010 CHIME in Southern California artists. This free event is open to the public and will be held at REDCAT on November 14 at 1:30 pm. For more information, visit CHIME's website.


Date/Time G ST CA
WED 11/10
8:30 pm
$25 $20 $12
THURS 11/11
8:30 pm
FRI 11/12
8:30 pm
SAT 11/13
8:30 pm
SUN 11/14
7:00 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff