The White Album by Joan Didion Performance created by Lars Jan/ Early Morning Opera
"We tell ourselves stories in order to live." —Joan Didion, The White Album
Lars Jan is a Los Angeles-based director, writer, visual artist and a former CAP UCLA Artist-in-Residence. His work has been commissioned by the Whitney Museum and presented at the BAM Next Wave Festival, Under the Radar, Sundance Film Festival, the Hammer Museum, the Kirk Douglas Theater and the PICA TBA Festival.
His newest piece, The White Album is a multimedia performance that uses Joan Didion’s seminal essay to apply a uniquely inventive approach to the intersection between observation, storytelling, audience participation, choreography and architecture. Obie Award-winning actress Mia Barron delivers the essay in its entirety, while behind her a parallel performance unfolds. Separated, two audiences — one, large and seated the other, small and mobile — experience different but resonant works simultaneously as they confront one another across generational and racial divides and varied perspectives, visually demonstrating stark similarities in the cultural dynamics of 1968 and now.
The essay’s legendary first line — We tell ourselves stories in order to live — provokes the project’s double-edged embarkation, challenging us to look critically at the past and to define new paths forward.
Presenter / Producer: CAP UCLA in association with Center Theatre Group
Music > Jazz / Blues
Event Phone: 310-825-2101
245 Charles E Young Dr E
Los Angeles CA 90024
LA - Hollywood / Westside
Performance Dates: 4/5/2019 - 4/7/2019
Fri, Apr 5, 2019 at 8PM
Sat, Apr 6, 2019 at 3PM & 8PM
Sun, Apr 7, 2019 at 7PM
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