Oct. 26 & 27: 4 performances @ Pershing Square
October 25 from 12-2pm, excerpts performed at:
12:00 @ 707 W. Wilshire Blvd.
12:30 @ 830 Flower Street
1:00 @ 705 W. 9th Street
1:30 @ 900 S. Figueroa Street
Conceived at the height of the European economic crisis, A (Micro) History of World Economics, Danced explores our collective economic history over centuries of time. Integrating stories of a diverse range of Angelenos with 300 years of global economic history, this work explores the community impact of the financial crisis.
Previously staged in Paris, Tokyo and New York’s P.S. 122, our production assembled a 50 person cast of LA downtowners, blending professional and non-professional performers, including a 15-person chorus and the musings of an economist played by artist / activist John Malpede. The play was written and directed by Pascal Rambert, artistic director for the innovative Théâtre de Gennevilliers and an artist whose theatrical works are often presented worldwide. In 2012, Rambert’s "Love’s End” won the “Best New Play” award from the French Drama Critics’ Association.
— by Austin Hines —
I was riding my bike around downtown, LA – it has a trailer attachment with a poster on it to promote the show, it was pretty hilarious. – I passed out fliers soliciting people to join our cast and as a result of that a few people did. I really enjoyed talking to people about LAPD and the project at hand.
My name is Austin Hines and in late 2013, I began working with LAPD as a line producer for the production, “A (Micro) History of World Economics, Danced,” which was performed in Los Angeles at Pershing Square, October 26th and 27th. I’ve worked with LAPD for almost 4 years as a performer, but this was my first opportunity to produce theater for them.
Working on the project was, at times, very stressful, but when it was all over, I was extremely proud of what we had accomplished together and honored to have been given the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of talented artists.
After two weeks of rehearsal we were ready to open the show. I had taken care of all the necessities: lights, sound equipment, props, etc. We were rehearsed and ready to put all of our hard work to the test. At 3pm on Saturday, we opened. I took a deep breath and we were off. I was working with the sound techs to make sure that everything went smoothly and for the most part it did. The shows got better and better and by the last performance Sunday night; everyone had their roles nailed.
It was rewarding to see all of our hard work come to fruition. I was especially proud of a few of the performers, individuals who never performed before, but who took the work very seriously; even though they were dealing with the struggles of being homeless, they were professional and a true asset to the cast.
All in all it was a pleasure to be a producer on this project. Working with LAPD gives me a sense of purpose. I appreciate the opportunity to work with an organization like LAPD. Working on “A (Micro) History of World Economics, Danced” was truly an experience that I will cherish for years. It was my first opportunity to produce theater and I had a blast doing it. I learned so much working with John and Henriëtte and am looking forward to working on future LAPD projects and seeing how I can be an asset to the organization.