Kathy Rose: Performances and Rituals
Kathy Rose: Performances and Rituals
At the Velaslavasay Panorama, 1122 West 24th Street, Los Angeles CA 90007
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Kathy Rose in person! Multiple Los Angeles premieres!
Kathy Rose is considered one of the world’s leading animation and video artists. One of her movies, "Pencil Booklings", was selected as one of the ten best animated films of all time at the international festival of animated films in Hiroshima - one of the world's leading animation festivals. Rose moved ahead with pioneering performance works that combine dance and animation films on her while she was dancing. Kathy Rose’s work has evolved from her early drawn animated films of the 1970s, through her unique, pioneering performance work combining dance with film in the 1980-90s, to her current surreal performance video spectacles and installations, and videos, with influence from symbolist art and the Japanese Noh theater. We are screening an array of work, focusing primarily on her performance-based videos of recent years, most of which will be making their Los Angeles premieres!
"Long hailed for exploring mysterious inner worlds through pioneering integrations of live performance and projected film, video and animation, Kathy Rose presents choreographic fantasies in which she appears live as a solitary figure, traversing lush and layered invented landscapes. Rose's surreal environments-adorned with forests of human arms, glistening waters, and floating moon faces- shape poetic alternate universes inspired by Noh theater. Rose has received numerous awards for her multimedia performances, and her early hand-drawn films, rightly considered classics of personal animation, are held by major museum collections worldwide" - REDCAT Theater, Los Angeles
“Like a sculptured white blossom she stands there, as suddenly the most colorful fabrics pour over, patterning her bolding and dressing her wonderfully in the manner of a diva...Whether Rose appears as a projection surface for her animated colors - with their plays of patterns on stage; whether she dances with the figures in her film, dissolving the boundaries between the virtual body and the real body; or whether the undulating film images of silk flow over her gold enwrapped form blending everything into a sea of waves and colors, Kathy Rose is a master of esthetic effects." -- Neue Zurcher Zeitung - Zurich
“Kathy Rose is the most important choreographer/film animator working today integrating projected images and live stage action“ -- Donald McDonaugh, author, Martha Graham, Managing editor – Ballet Review
My work since 1983 has involved the integration of myself and other dancers with projected film, and video imagery. I have been intrigued with creating performances that are hypnotic, and challenging to our perception. – Kathy Rose
Tickets: $10 general, free for students/seniors; free for Filmforum members. Available in advance from Brown Paper Tickets at http://kathyrose.bpt.me or at the door.
Kathy Rose has received a Guggenheim in Performance Art in 2003, and well as numerous grants in Film, Video, Choregraphy, from the NEA, New York State Council for the Arts, etc. She is a Distinguished Alumni of the California Institute of the Arts. Kathy Rose has toured extensively in live performance throughout the United States and Europe, giving performances at the Museum of Modern Art, Kennedy Center, Serious Fun at Lincoln Center, Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, the Walker Art Center, The Kitchen, Institute of Contemporary Art in London, Baltimore Art Museum, Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, etc. as well as performances in Geneva, Berlin, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Hiroshima, etc. Rose recently premiered a new piece “Opera of the Interior” at ANIMATOR 2015 in Poland.
Her video installation works have been exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Aldrich Museum, etc. Rose’s recent videos have shown in Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center, American Dance Festival, Montage Video Dance/ Johannesburg, Black Maria Film festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, INVIDEO 2008 Milan, São Carlos Videodance Festival, International Video Dance Festival - Le Breuil, Internacional VideoDanzaBA, Buenas Aires, DANSCAMDANSE Festival, Belgium, etc. Her video “Rapture of the Petals” was selected for the East West Art Awards World Tour for winners' videos starting from Tokyo - Berlin - London BFI - New York - Shanghai - Paris. Her video “Cubistimenco” screened in the Hiroshima Animation Festival in the program Best in the World. “The Unpainted Woman” showed in Rome, Italy in It's Liquid Experimental Video and Performance Art Festival at the BAU International Academy, from July 16 to August 21, 2016. Recent one-woman shows also include the Pompidou Center for “A Shaded View of Fashion Film Festival”, and at the EPOS Film Art Festival at the Tel Aviv Museum. Rose’s web site is: www.krose.com
(1972-1978, 3 min.)
(1983-2011, 4 min.)
Life in the Web
(2007, 8 min.) Los Angeles premiere!
Inn of Floating Imagery
(2007, 5 min.)
In this piece, a sea of richly colored floating figures are accompanied by eerie sounds. The imagery continues until the artist’s involvement with her “canvases” is revealed, with her performative self finally emerging.
City of Lost Moons
(2008, 4 min.)
A poetic vision of the self and the moon, carpeted with voices; a ritual of the mind. Made in 2008, but ever relevant for its rhythms and butoesque qualities.
(2009, 4 min.)
A dance video surrealist fantasy with music by C.P. Roth. This piece is a re-interpretation of a live performance with film that I created in 1994.
This piece was created in 2008 with video and performance by myself. The other performer is Chi Kit Tso a student from Image and Performance - my course at The University of the Arts. The work reflects my fascination with Japanese theater and butoh dance.
(2011, 6 min.)
A 6-minute non-narrative digital video, exploring Japanese supernatural and goddess imagery in a rich kinetic video painting. The piece is a magical spectacle portraying a mesmerizing world of the interior, of thought, and meditation in which figures flow and drip in a universe of their own.
The Realm of Nothingness
(2014, 4 min.)
This non-narrative video is a dance of puppet-like figures, and mesmerizing forms, accompanied by percussive rhythms. It is a magical spectacle portraying a mesmerizing world in which figures flow and drip in a universe of their own as they proceed to a greater void. The artist, enraptured by what she sees, sheds her iconographic puppetry selves, and returns to a reality. The Realm of nothingness continues my fascination with Noh and Japanese theater with their attachment to the supernatural; enchantment and all things strange. Some of the scenes are creating using a miniature stage.
(2014, 5 min.) Los Angeles premiere!
A dance in which the stylized personae impart a world of rhythm and pattern.
This music by Walter Giger was originally used by the artist for a live dance of the same name, in which she integrated flamenco with a Japanese sensibility.
Rapture of the Petals
(2014, 4 min.) Los Angeles premiere!
Rapture of the Petals continues my fascination with Noh and Japanese theater with their attachment to the supernatural; enchantment and all things strange.
Ritual of the Fall
(2015, 4 min.) Los Angeles premiere!
A ritual in which birds are portrayed as magical beings. The audio and movement depict a hybrid of Kabuki and the aviary world. Ritual of the Fall continues my fascination with Japanese theater with its attachment to the supernatural; enchantment and all things strange.
Opera of the Interior excerpts
(2015, 4 min.) Los Angeles premiere!
Silence of the Snow
(2016 4 min.) Los Angeles premiere!
The Unpainted Woman
(2016, 4 min.) Los Angeles premiere!
Part Fantastic Voyage, part celebration of my younger self, this is a finely crafted jewel in which I am looking for those who are not immune to splendor.
Reality is both harsh and wondrous. I am trying to circumvent it all.
(2016, 5 min.) Los Angeles premiere!
In this video I am delving into Walt Whitman's magnificent "The Sleepers" - reflecting what in the poem is most dear to me. It also draws upon my childhood love of dollhouses and puppets, as I work in a miniature set, creating a doll universe.
And "The Sleepers" is a recognition of my Jewish heritage, with images of my mother, my niece, myself.