Performances: October 26 and 27, 2013
@ Pershing Square, 3pm and 7pm each day.
Excerpts were performed on October 25, 2013:
12:00 @ 707 W. Wilshire Blvd.
12:30 @ 830 Flower Street
1:00 @ 705 W. 9th Street
1:30 @ 900 S. Figueroa Street
All performances were free and open to the public.
About the Project
LAPD, in conjunction with the Théâtre de Gennevilliers centre dramatique national de création contemporaine, France, presented A (Micro) History of World Economics, Danced for a limited engagement of four outdoor performances at the amphitheater at Pershing Square.
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 2013 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. This project serves as part of LAPD’s larger aims to enhance the value of all of downtown’s dynamic neighborhoods through art.
Melina Bielefelt, Suzette Shaw, Chelsea Fryer, Sean Gregory, Jennifer Campbell, Andrea Ross, Joyce Lu, Micah Roberts, Cynthia Ochoa, RCB, Riccarlo Porter, Sandra Kornegay, Queen Ra, Vanessa Conlon, Ashley McJunkin, Mark Montue, Denise Harris, Yvonne Michelle Autry, Ibrahim Saba, Stephanie Bell, John Hulsey, Gloria Baraquio, Johnnie Johnson, Carmen Vega, Pam Walls, Silvia Hernandez, Adrian Turnage, Chella Coleman, Walter Fears, Kevin Michael Key, Linda Harris, Chas Jackson, Soni Abdel, Ian Loren, Jackie Murphy, Dante Chambers, Stephanie Clark, Henriëtte Brouwers, John Malpede. West Coast Singers: Sharon Donning, Johnnie Acuna, Rita Carreon, Judith Martin, Herb Nomura, Jesse Guitierrez, Sarah Anderson, Sharon Webster, Kate Schroeder. Choir Director: Chris Anderson-Bazzolli. Line Producer: Austin Hines. Stage Manager: Henriëtte Brouwers. Sound Technicians Pershing Square: Justin Gaberilli, Corinda Huegerich, Nathan Tellers.
The project was funded by the Public Art Division of City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The French-American Fund for Contemporary Theater, and The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.
The Robert F. Kennedy Performance Project, is a series of public conversations and activities centered around the real-time, site-specific intermedia performance that recreated, on September 9th and 10th 2004, Robert Kennedy’s two-day, 200 mile “poverty tour” of southeastern Kentucky in 1968. An Appalshop project directed by John Malpede.
Visit the Robert F. Kennedy Performance Project web site.
Founded in 1985 by director-performer-activist John Malpede, Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) is a non-profit arts organization, the first performance group in the nation made up principally of homeless people, and the first arts program of any kind for homeless people in Los Angeles. LAPD creates performances and multidisciplinary artworks that connect the experience of people living in poverty to the social forces that shape their lives and communities. LAPD’s works express the realities, hopes, dreams and rights of people who live and work in L.A.’s Skid Row.
Skid Row History Museum & Archive
250 S. Broadway, Los Angeles CA 90012
PO Box 26190
Los Angeles, CA 90026
John Malpede: John[@]lapovertydept.org
Henriëtte Brouwers: Henriette[@]lapovertydept.org