IDEALAB.3 “JELLY” by Girlschool
1611 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA
An evening of interdisciplinary exploration and creative collaboration featuring
JELLY: a collaborative new work by
Jarina de Marco creative director
Jasmine Albuquerque choreographer
Leather Papi artist
with thoughts by
SA Smythe poet and scholar
Randa Jarrar author and speaker
the world's first Jellynthesizer
created for Girlschool by Callie Ryan and Maral
plus Amelia Posada of Birch & Bone floral artist
Rose Greenberg things
Kerstin Hovland visual design
and special guest
Monday, February 11
7 pm doors, cocktails, interactive Jellynthesizer
8 pm program
$16 suggested donation (18+) includes cocktails
JELLY uses the medium of Jell-O as an avatar to explore the strange and universal human experience of embodiment through music, dance, critical discourse, and Jell-O.
Exploring and transforming the sounds of traditional Iranian music, Los Angeles-based artist Maral collaborates with interdisciplinary artist Jarina del Marco and choreographer Jasmine Albuquerque to ask the questions: What does it meant to be embodied? How do we ascribe value to bodies?
JELLY investigates, dismantles, and laughs at the rigid cultural expectations and false dichotomies that tell us what makes a “good” body, the value we ascribe to “jiggle” and “bounce,” and how we experience corporeality.
Dr. SA Smythe (they / them) is a poet, translator, and scholar of Black European Literary & Cultural Studies, Contemporary Mediterranean Studies, and Black Trans Poetics. Smythe’s research is focused on literature and other cultural responses to racism, misogyny, colonialism, and other relational aspects of inequality and oppression between Europe (in particular, Italy), East Africa, and the Mediterranean. They are an assistant professor in the Department of African American Studies at UCLA, currently completing the UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine.
This event by Girlschool is in collaboration with COMPOSE LA 2019—a new city-wide new music, new ideas festival planned in conjunction with Department of Cultural Affairs City of Los Angeles (DCA), American Composers Forum of Los Angeles, University of California Humanities Research Institute, and the Center for Music Innovation UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.
Special support was provided by University of California Humanities Research Institute to support this program.
For information about the full roster of COMPOSE LA events, visit the DCA website: culturela.org
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