All Time Stop Now

Anna Luisa Petrisko
Past event


Anna Luisa Petrisko’s experimental opera, All Time Stop Now, is a contemplation on listening, impermanence, and kinship. A chosen family invokes a spell to stop time. In this suspended reality, they grapple with their existence in a time-based world as they search for ways to rest, heal, and feel joy. The stage morphs into a “spacetime playground.” Hypersaturated video, projection mapping, sculpture, dance, and new original music from Petrisko’s latest release on Practical Records transform the senses. Her signature prism of mutant pop yields spiritually infused anthems that encompass beauty, sorrow, and discovery. 

Each movement is framed by recorded conversations between Petrisko and her best friend, a Buddhist nun who was living in a monastery in Myanmar. The vulnerable exchanges run in parallel to the story, serving as a larger meditation on the need for human connection. All Time Stop Now asks, “How can we reject the scarcity of time and just be present? How can we accept grief, while also experiencing joy? Can we stop time and just listen?” 

A genuinely sincere flight of imagination.

Jacki Apple, Fabrik Magazine

All Time Stop Now is part of the Live Arts Exchange [LAX] Festival Vol. 10, presented by Los Angeles Performance Practice, and taking place from September 29-November 4, 2023 at various venues across the city. Since its launch in 2013, the LAX Festival has been an annual celebration of L.A. artists creating groundbreaking new work in contemporary dance, theater, music, and cross-genre performance. The LAX Festival is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

More information about the whole festival can be found here.

All Time Stop Now is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by On the Boards, Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater (REDCAT) / California Institute of the Arts Theater, and NPN. The Creation & Development Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information: npnweb.orgAll Time Stop Now is supported by the LA County Department of Arts and Culture as part of the LA County Performing Arts Recovery Grant. Additional support provided by Santa Monica Cultural Affairs, Camera Obscura Art Lab, and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.

about the artist

Anna Luisa Petrisko

Anna Luisa Petrisko works in experimental opera, installation, and interactive media. Her art is invested in the sacred as much as it is interested in technological speculation, exploring future and ancient ideas at a nonlinear tempo. She investigates the body as a site of paradox — transcendent of time, space, and form. Her work is grounded in community and archiving histories. She collaborates with many artists and friends. These shared works build relationships and cultural communion.

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cast & creative team

Written and Directed by Anna Luisa Petrisko 

in Collaboration with performers Peter Hernández, Mark Golamco, and Josephine Shetty  

Projection mapping and interactivity design by Ana Carolina Estarita Guerrero

Costumes by Anna Luisa Petrisko and Athena Lawton 

Recorded conversations with Mel Pak

Produced in Collaboration with Los Angeles Performance Practice