NEARNESS OFFERING

July 30 & 31, 2020

CREATIVE TEAM

written & designed by PEABODY SOUTHWELL
cinematography & lighting by GEMA GALIANA SIGUENZA

staged managed by LISA MCGINN

featuring 

JASMINE ALBUQUERQUE
CORY BECKER
CARMINA ESCOBAR

HALIM A. FLOWERS
JODIE LANDAU
ERNIE DE SILVA
EMEKA SIMMONS
MIA DOI TODD

ABOUT

An urgent guided transformation that strips away the debris of the digital space in search of reconnection. Using sight, sound, scent, touch and taste to draw ourselves towards each other.

BIOS

PERFORMERS

JASMINE ALBUQUERQUE is a choreographer, dancer, movement director, instructor and performance artist based in Los Angeles. She is co-founder of projection mapping trilogy WIFE and has performed with such companies as Hysterica and Ryan Heffington's Fingered(Psycho Dance). Other performances include DessertX (California and Saudi Arabia), Soft Sex, Istanbul Light Festival, TEDx SoCal, KTCHN, Frequency Festival England, Jane's Addiction and Hecuba at venues such as The Hammer Museum, Zebulon, The Wiltern, MOCA, Ford Aplitheater, 3am raves, The Orpheum, LACMA, and a laudrymat on Sunset Blvd. Jasmine has worked with Rihanna, Katy Perry, Beyonce, JLO, St. Vincent, Devendra Banhart, Ry X and...and...and. She has a degree in History from UCLA and trained in classical ballet, jazz and contemporary dance in Los Angeles and Budapest, Hungary. She has been teaching dance for the past nineteen years and is currently attempting to understand how to be human. jasminealbuquerque.com

CORY BECKER is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer who was born, raised, and home-schooled along with his five siblings in a Christian cult in Fenton, Missouri. Though Becker was not allowed to listen to “secular” music, at 7 he had procured one cassette—The Beatles 20 Greatest Hits. At 13, Becker’s oldest brother showed him the song Lithium By Nirvana, and shortly after, Cory picked up the guitar. Leaving home at 17, first to Los Angeles and then to New York City, he discovered the music in which he found endless inspiration, in artists like Link Wray, Lou Reed and Leonard Cohen. Becker has been a part of and played with artists/bands such as Sean Lennon, Rodriguez, Living Things, among others. He has worked on studio recordings with producers Steve Albini (Nirvana, PJ Harvey), Micheal Ilbert (The Cardigans, The Hives) Noah Georgeson (Charlotte Gainsbourg, Devendra Barnhart) and Gordon Raphael (The Strokes) as well as co-writing with Max Martin, Alex Ebert and Jade Castrinos.

CARMINA ESCOBAR is an extreme vocalist, improviser, performer, sound, and intermedia artist from Mexico City. Her practice focuses on sound, the voice, the body, and their interrelations with physical, social, present and memory spaces. Her work includes pieces of performance, installation, multimedia, as well as collaborative and interdisciplinary works. Her work has been presented at festivals, biennials, experimental spaces, museums, galleries, concert halls, living rooms, basements, and theaters of the Mexican Republic, Europe, Cuba, and the United States.

 

HALIM A. FLOWERS is an artist, a writer, a designer, and an activist committed to criminal justice reform. Halim was arrested at the age of 16 and sentenced as an adult to two life sentences in the District of Columbia. His experiences as a child in the adult prison system were filmed in the Emmy award-winning documentary Thug Life In DC. In 2005, he started his own publishing company SATO Communications, through which he published 11 books. On March 21, 2019, Halim was released from prison after serving 22 years. Halim has used his voice and art to advocate for change in the documentary Kim Kardashian: The Justice Project, and speaking around the country as an Ambassador for the Represent Justice prison reform coalition. In 2019, Halim was awarded the Halcyon Arts Lab and Echoing Green fellowship awards. His current artistic focus is in his visual arts PhotoPoetry practice. In 2020, he was awarded the Eaton DC Hotel Artist-In-Residency.

JODIE LANDAU is a 28-year-old composer, vocalist, percussionist, and a member of the renowned Icelandic record label Bedroom Community and the acclaimed Los Angeles based modern music collective Wild Up. His music combines elements of chamber music, rock, and jazz for live performance, film, theater, opera, and dance. His debut album with Wild Up you of all things featured the Icelandic female choir Graduale Nobili, who recorded and toured with Björk for Biophillia. Jodie has performed with Roomful of Teeth, The Scottish Ensemble, Los Angeles Master Chorale, ICKAmsterdam / Ballet National de Marseille, Ate9 dANCE cOMPANY, The Industry, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Jherek Bischoff, Emily Hall, Ellen Reid, Alev Lenz, Nadia Sirota, Nico Muhly, Daniel Bjarnason, and Valgeir Sigurðsson, among others. Jodie is currently working on his new show Performance of Self exploring queerness, dating, drag, projection, and perspective, commissioned and produced by Beth Morrison Projects.

EMEKA SIMMONS is a Creative Director, Dancer and Arts Educator who has been sharing his love and passion for movement and rhythm for over 15 years in Los Angeles. He has studied with the esteemed Chester Whitmore, has taught 100’s of children dance in classes at the famed William Grant Still Arts Center and has choreographed and performed with several dance companies in the U.S. and  Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Cuba. Emeka has studied West African, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Cuban Afro-Brazilian and Afro-American under the tutelage of N’Zingha Camara, Founder of Los Angeles’ first formal African dance company. Since 2003 he has been immersed in African diasporic cultures extensively performing with Le Ballet Kouman Kele, Viver Brazil, Ballet Folklorico do Brazil and Contra Tiempo to name a few. From 2005-2012  Simmons was the founder and creative director of a 12 member Pan-African Performing Arts Ensemble  called L'Esprit d'Afrique. He also spent six years as an interactive motivational speaker with the Drum Cafe. He also worked for the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs as an Arts Instructor from 2015-2019. Currently he is a freelance artist and educator.

MIA DOI TODD is a singer-songwriter from Los Angeles.  From her first solo acoustic album, The Ewe and the Eye, released just as she was graduating from Yale University, to her recent soundtrack for a film adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mia has distinguished herself as an artist with a unique voice and singular vision.  Her album, Cosmic Ocean Ship, was chosen by the New York Times as one of the top ten records of 2011.  Most known for her thoughtful and emotional songwriting, Mia also released an album of Brazilian songs, recorded in São Paulo.  She is currently working on her next album which focuses on family and motherhood.  Mia has toured the US, Europe and Brazil, performing in such esteemed venues as the Hollywood Bowl and Circo Voador in Rio de Janeiro.  As an LA native and a person of mixed race, Mia has always placed great importance on fostering multi-cultural community.  To this end, she helped create the music venue, Zebulon, which opened in 2017, as a home for musicians and community in the Elysian Valley neighborhood where she grew up.  miadoitodd.com

CREATIVES

PEABODY SOUTHWELL (Director) has been recognized for her “stylistic mastery and ripe, sensual sound” (Opera Magazine UK) in an unconventionally versatile range of mediums and styles, she has worked in the past three years as an acclaimed actor, singer as well as visual and costume designer, curator, and writer. Current season engagements as a performer include her return to LA Opera as La Ciesca in Woody Allen’s production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and a reprisal of her role as the Third Lady within Barrie Kosky’s production of The Magic Flute. She sings the principal role in the world premiere of David Lang’s Anatomy Theater at LA Opera with Beth Morrison Projects, makes a return to the dual roles of Juno and Ino in Semele with Opera Omaha and will perform with John Adams conducting BMP’s Liederabend 21c with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. As a designer, she costume designs the US staged premiere of Jonathan Dove’s L’Altra Euridice for the Bay Chamber Festival in Maine and designs costumes for WIFE in the first iteration of the three year Pelleas project with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Recent work includes her Carnegie Hall performance debut with Steven Stucky and Jeremy Denk’s The Classical Style led by Robert Spano, a return to San Francisco Symphony in Pulcinella conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, a debut performing Handel’s Messiah with Seattle Symphony and appearances with Los Angeles Opera as Flora in La Traviata and in the new production of The Ghosts of Versailles, both conducted by James Conlon. As an actor, she also recently completed filming for a role within the new feature The Disappointments Room produced by Relativity Media. As a designer and director in the past season, she co-directed and costume designed new productions of La voix humaine and Il segreto di Susanna for Opera San Antonio featuring soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci, severed as the curator and co-designer wildUp’s Pulp in Santa Barbara, and designed costumes (with Emily Anne MacDonald) for Daphne with the Cleveland Orchestra.

 

GEMA GALIANA (Cinematographer & Lighting Designer) is a performer, a theatre director and a photographer from Spain working internationally. Based in LA from 2015 she founded Galiana&Nikolchev’s The Useless Room, creating performances and training practices focusing in physicality as a main source of creation and expression. A founding member of The Studio Matejka in residence at the Grotowski Institute, where she worked with Vivien Wood and Milan Kozanek among others. She created performances like The Women Decomposed, Ínsula and The Last One showcased at the 2018 International Theatre Olympics Festival, and Summerhall at the Edinburgh Fringe. She has worked with Efi Birba and Aris Servetalis in Athens, Greece, with Vivien Wood in Exile in England and with TDU in Switzerland, among others. As a photographer she has been awarded in 2017 with the prestigious First Prize Photo Impact  INN Impact Prizes for Nonprofit News Photos and Southern California Journalism Awards. gemagaliana.com

LISA MCGINN (Stage Manager) Recent credits: Geoff Sobelle’s Home and The Object Lesson; Underground Railroad Game (Jennifer Kidwell, Scott R. Sheppard, Ars Nova, tour); A Hard Time (Pig Iron Theatre Co), Detroit Red (ArtsEmerson); Ocean Filibuster and How to Build a Forest (PearlDamour); Sleep (Ripe Time Theatre); Chimera and The Wholehearted (Stein | Holum Projects); This is Reading (Lynn Nottage, Kate Whoriskey);  Jacuzzi (The Debate Society/Ars Nova); The Light Years (The Debate Society/NYSAF); Eager to Lose (Ars Nova); Revolt. She said. Revolt Again and Winners and Losers (Soho Rep); Rememberer and Open House (Steven Reker); Forbidden Creature Virgin Whore; From the Spot Where We/You/I Stand (Stood) (Miller Rothlein Dance); You, My Mother (Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf); Card and Gift and Baby Screams Miracle (Clubbed Thumb); The Seagull and Ivanov (Chekhov at Lake Lucille); The Room Sings, The Peripherals; Hot Lunch Apostles (Talking Band). 

BMP STAFF


Beth Morrison (President & Creative Director)
Jecca Barry (Executive Director)
Kim Whitener (Consulting Producer)
Brian Freeland (Director of Production)
Robert Phillip Smith (Associate Producer)
Melanie Milton (PROTOTYPE Festival Producer)
Ashley Peters (Finance Manager)
Anabel Romero (Development Associate)

Victoria Preis (Consulting Marketing Associate)

Catherine Hancock (Consulting Social Media Associate)

666 Ocean Ave, #D1 Brooklyn, NY 11226

 Tel: 646.682.7181

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