Our Artist Residency Program provides local and national artists creative time and necessary space for the development of new work. This season we welcome three new residents to the program.
2020-21 Artists In Residence
The Center for the Art of Performance also sponsors artist residencies to provide local and national artists creative time and the necessary space to develop new work. CAP UCLA wishes to acknowledge previous artists-in-residence Ann Carlson, Somi, Contra-Tiempo, Lars Jan, Phantom Limb Company, Los Angeles Performance Practice, Ate9 Dance Company, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Okwui Okpokwasili, Jennie Liu, Poor Dog Group, Early Morning Opera, Toshi Reagon, Lynette Wallworth, Suzanne Bocanegra and Constance Hockaday.
“Performance doesn’t just magically appear on a stage. Behind every work, there are years of creative development, months of rehearsal and a continual pursuit of support."
This season’s CAP UCLA Artists Residencies include:
Nadia Sirota’s varied career spans solo viola performances, chamber music, curation and broadcasting. In all branches of her artistic life she aims to open classical music up to a broader audience. Her singular sound has served as a muse to dozens of composers, including Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli, Marcos Balter and David Lange. Since 2018, Sirota has served as the New York Philharmonic’s Marie-Josee Kravis Creative Partner, position created for her. As a soloist, she has appeared with acclaimed orchestras around the world, and release four solo albums of commissioned music. Her most recent endeavor, Living Music with Nadia Sirota, is a podcast and concert series that demystifies classical music. Living Music: Pirate Radio Edition is a quarantine variety show that features some of the brightest artists from around the globe, performing and chatting from their homes, streamed on Facebook Live every Tuesday and Thursday night.
Edgar Arceneaux investigates historical patterns through drawings, installations and multimedia events, such as the reenactment of Ben Vereen’s tragically misunderstood blackface performance at Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Inaugural Gala. In the artist’s work, linear logic is abandoned in favor of wordplay and visual associations, revealing how language, technology, and how systems produce reality as much as describe them. Seemingly disparate elements—such as science fiction, civil rights era speeches, techno music, and the crumbling architecture of Detroit—find a new synchronicity in the artist’s hands, ultimately pointing to larger historical forces such as the rise of the surveillance state. Arceneaux’s installations have taken the form of labyrinths, libraries, multi-channel videos, and drawn landscapes that change over the course of an exhibition, only ever offering a partial view of the whole at any given moment. This fragmentation extends to the artist’s use of historical research in his work, such as FBI documents concerning civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., where redacted passages are presented on mirrors that reflect the viewer’s curious gaze.
Dan Siegler is a composer and sound artist from New York City. His work, which incorporates analog synthesizers, glitch materials, field recordings, acoustic instruments and recorded dialogue, is influenced by musique concrète and American roots music. Siegler is a Bessie Award-winner and the recipient of a 2020 (WPA) Virtual Commission from Works & Process at The Guggenheim Museum. He has collaborated with Pam Tanowitz Dance, Crossman Dans(c)e, String Noise and Yanira Castro, with work performed at venues from Brooklyn to Buenos Aires. While in residence with CAP UCLA, Siegler will be working on Concrète Jungle, a musique concrète-inspired conversation in sound, between New York past and present, exploring the city’s future. Featuring hundreds of micro-edited voices and sounds pointilistically layered to create musical grooves and dialogue between people who have never met, the composition uses the normally discarded elements of vocal recordings -- in-between breaths, linguistic filler and word repetitions -- to create rhythms. In live performance, guest soloists interact improvisationally within the sound environment, simulating chance street encounters. Inspired by his father’s loss of language from dementia, Siegler attempts to create order out of verbal chaos, assembling surprisingly comedic, often poignant invented dialogue to illustrate the value of meaningful conversation around challenging subjects across generations.
Annie Saunders with Emma O’Halloran, Christopher Rountree and Wild Up
Annie Saunders is a multidisciplinary director and live artist, and the founding artistic director of site-specific performance company Wilderness. Her installation The Home for Domestic Violence Awareness Month won the UK APA awards for Best Experiential Campaign and Best Use of Technology for Good in 2020. Irish composer and vocalist Emma O’Halloran freely intertwines acoustic and electronic music, writing for folk musicians, chamber ensembles, turntables, laptop orchestra, symphony orchestra, film and theatre. Wild Up, the popular Los Angeles-based new music ensemble under the direction of Christopher Rountree, has been called “…a raucous, grungy, irresistibly exuberant…fun-loving, exceptionally virtuosic family,” by The New York Times. While in residence with CAP UCLA, Saunders, O’Halloran, Rountree and the members of Wild Up will be developing Rest, an interactive performance installation that looks at multi-sensory experience, the nature of consciousness, the suggestibility of the mind, ‘dopamine fasting’ and sensory deprivation. The piece gives a visceral opportunity to feel and consider what rest means in the modern world. Development and research will include interviews with consciousness experts to conversations with everyday folks talking about their earliest sense memories and their relationships with their smartphones.
Daniel Alexander Jones
Daniel Alexander Jones exemplifies the artist as energy worker. While his body of original work includes plays, performance pieces, recorded music, concerts, music theatre events, essays, and long-form improvisations, energy is his true medium. The Herb Alpert Foundation notes that Daniel “creates multi-dimensional experiences where bodies, minds, emotions, voices, and spirits conjoin, shimmer, and heal.” Jones was a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, and a Doris Duke Artist Award recipient. While in residence at CAP, he’ll be working on ☾Altar no. 5⚡, a tarot card reading which Jones is creating in collaboration with Ebony Noelle Golden, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Josh Quat and Julia Sangodare Wallace; all of whom employ assemblage, theatrical jazz, interdisciplinary and interdimensional practices in their work. With the intention of exploring multiple expressions for the work in our rapidly shifting world, ☾Altar no. 5⚡ is a project that remembers us to the practices of willing transformation — the ones written on our bones, the ones freely ours, the ones we need now.
☾ Altar no. 5 ⚡ is commissioned by the Public Theater with New York Live Arts.
Eiko Otake is a movement–based, interdisciplinary artist. She worked for more than 40 years as half of the internationally acclaimed Eiko & Koma, but since 2014 has been performing her own solo project, A Body in Places. Eiko & Koma created 46 performance works, two career exhibitions, and numerous media works. Always performing their own choreography, Eiko & Koma usually designed and handcrafted all aspects of their works including sets, costumes and sound. In 2017, Eiko launched her multi-year Duet Project: Distance is Malleable. In this project, collaborating with a diverse range of artists living and dead, Eiko explores ways to maximize the potentials of selected artist-to-artist encounters. CAP UCLA will present various aspects of Eiko’s process and this project during her planned residencies.
Click here to learn more about how CAP UCLA facilitated Eiko’s artistic development.
Specific opportunities to view and interact with these residency projects will take shape throughout the season, sign up for our bi-weekly email newsletter for work-in-progress showings and other intersections with the artists.