Culture Lab: Sacrifice
June 26-28, 2015
About the Exhibition
Culture Lab // Sacrifice, was an interactive, mixed-media art installation and performance piece created by a group of four artists working in various disciplines, including dance, theatre and fine art. The piece engages participants around the central concept of sacrifice, leading them on a journey of self-discovery. As one of the artists recently explained, "Everyone sacrifices all of the time. The process can be hard and many faith traditions typically see it as an expression of giving something precious up. Sometimes, however, our sacrifices free us and have positive effects." This collaborative art experience asks the question: “What sacrifices have you made in order to be where you are today?”
Press: LA Weekly picked Sacrifice as one of the top 5 dance events of the week. Read the preview by Ann Haskins here.
About the Artists
Christine Suarez is a Los Angles-based choreographer, performer, educator, feminist and community activist. Born in Caracas, Venezuela and raised in Baton Rouge Louisiana, she made her first works of choreography in her parents’ backyard to the Grease soundtrack. Since then she has created thirteen evening-length dance-theater works, numerous site-specific and community events and over a dozen dances for the theater and film. Her work has toured nationally and internationally to over 20 cities: Movement Research at Judson Church (New York City), The Garage (San Francisco), The Schwartz Theater at Emory University (Atlanta, GA) and REDCAT (Los Angeles) to name a few. Christine is invigorated by making dances in unexpected places with unexpected people about unexpected subjects.Her work has been seen in theaters, galleries, Churches, houses, beach cottages, sidewalks, parks, and alleys. She has performed and created with parents and children, high school students, teen mothers, veterans and seniors.
Yaron Dotan is a Los Angeles-based artist who works in a variety of media and styles to produce optical drawings, narrative paintings and portraiture. He holds an MFA from Tufts University, an MS Ed. from St. John’s University, and a BA in English Literature from Queens College. Dotan’s work has most recently been shown in LA at Dragnet and MAS Attack 7, and in New York at Art in Flux Harlem and SPACEWOMb. In the past his work has been exhibited at the Warwick Museum in Rhode Island and as far away as South Korea. Before moving to LA Dotan spent ten years as an at-risk guidance counselor where he worked with students to create murals in schools throughout Brooklyn. His mural efforts were broadly covered by the press, including the Brooklyn Eagle, The Home Reporter, Sing Tao Daily, Brooklyn News 12, Sinovision, and have appeared in the New York Times. During the summer of 2013 he travelled through more than twenty states drawing roadside portraits of people from all walks of life using his signature marker and white out style in what became the Draw America Project.
Ashira Siegel is a mixed media artist. She grew up in Los Angeles and lived in Jerusalem and Brooklyn, New York before moving back to Los Angeles a few years ago.
Working with both abstraction and symbolism, Ashira begins her process by selecting paper that she hand-dyes, paints, cuts and then sews into objects. She combines these objects to create organic sculptural forms, colorful landscapes, and resin-layered tableaux. Her interest in color and texture is matched only by her need to experiment with an ever-expanding array of techniques and tools.
Ashira studied media and studio art at Hunter College in New York City, and draws inspiration from her varied life experiences as well as the environments she has lived in. Ashira remains loyal to no single art form and regrets ever leaving the house without a camera.
Kai Hazelwood is a choreographer, performer and educator with over 25 years of experience in contemporary, modern, ballet, performance art and dance theater. Her training includes a BFA in Dance with a focus on body mechanics from UCLA, six years at the San Francisco Ballet School, summer programs at Dance Theater of Harlem and the Alvin Ailey School of Dance, and intensive training at the Kirov Ballet in Saint Petersburg, Russia. After a season with the Oakland Ballet Company, Kai relocated to Los Angeles where she has been mentored by and worked with local artists including, Victoria Marks and Christine Suarez. She has collaborated with performance artist Allison Wyper since 2010, touring the artist’s piece “Witness” to festivals and art exhibitions in Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Francisco, Calgary, Alberta and Montreal, Quebec. She is currently member of the PTERO Dance Theatre, and serves as faculty and Dance Outreach Coordinator at AMDA College and Conservatory.