Awkward Encounters - Elan Ensemble, Skylight UNDERGROUND workshop

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AWKWARD ENCOUNTERS-an original work, Elan Ensemble, SKYLIGHT underGROUNDworkshop performance - part of Skylight's UNDERGROUND program


devised and performed by Élan Ensemble

directed by Jonathan Munoz-Proulx

Inspired by Miranda July's award winning NO ONE BELONGS HERE MORE THAN YOU 

Aug 12, 19, 26 & Sep 2

Running Time: Approx. 60 mins

Skylight Theatre: 1816 1/2 N. Vermont, Los Angeles 90027

AWKWARD ENCOUNTERS is an adaptation of five short stories from NO ONE BELONGS HERE MORE THAN YOU by Los Angeles writer, Miranda July. Élan Ensemble interprets the stories BIRTHMARK, SWIM TEAM, THE MOVES, MON PLAISIR and SHARED PATIO through the use of movement, light, and shadow. This devised work-in-progress, featuring graduates of USC's MFA Acting program, explores themes of belonging, loss and community with a touch of feminism, masturbation - and three clowns.

Élan Ensemble: “Élan” is the extraordinary energy that animates body and soul. A deeply diverse ensemble of actors bring their individual élan to the collaborative process of devising theatrical works and adaptations, unified by a common understanding of physical theatre techniques gained in the USC MFA Acting Program. Rooted in Los Angeles, Élan Ensemble pushes the limits of naturalism and brings life to text through the human body to create a surprising and deeply felt collective experience.

More about Miranda July: A filmmaker, artist, and writer, her most recent book is The First Bad Man, a novel. July’s collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You, won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and has been published in twenty-three countries. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Harper’s, and The New Yorker; It Chooses You was her first book of non-fiction. She wrote, directed and starred in The Future and Me and You and Everyone We Know — winner of the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize at Sundance. July’s participatory art works include the website Learning to Love You More (with artist Harrell Fletcher), Eleven Heavy Things (a sculpture garden created for the 2009 Venice Biennale), New Society (a performance), and Somebody (a messaging app). She is the recipient of a 2016 USA Artist fellowship award and is a member of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Raised in Berkeley, California, July lives in Los Angeles.

 'Awkward Encounters' artists: Kendall Johnson, Abe Martell, Tarah Pollock, Elmira Rahim, Deedee Stephens

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