Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL)

Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL) photo by Nick Merrick

Located in the Contemporary Arts Center, the Experimental Media Performance Lab which is referred to as the xMPL, is a state-of-the-art 4,000-sq.-ft. performance space has been built in the “black box” theatre genre.  The space boasts a projection room, live media performance space and versatile, reconfigurable seating to afford the audience a close-up, intimate experience.  In the model of the RedCat Theater adjacent to Disney Hall in Los Angeles, the space has the latest technological capabilities to facilitate live and streamed performances, at least some of which will be transmitted via the Internet into other spaces across the country or the world. The intent here is to provide a space that supports the presentation of work that combines elements of all of the art forms, with enhanced support for video, spatial acoustic experimentation and interactivity.

 

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La Tempesta

A music, dance and media performance at UC Irvine, inspired by William Shakespeare's The Tempest

Co-Directed by Lisa Naugle, Riccardo Santoboni and John Crawford

 

Friday, October 27, 2017

8:00 pm

Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL)

One of his most frequently produced plays, William Shakespeare's mystical masterwork The Tempest has spawned numerous adaptations and derivative works, including operas, films, novels and visual art.

Our concept uses excerpts from Shakespeare's text to reflect on relationships between humans and oceans. Situating ourselves on The Tempest's mysterious island, we respond to contrasts and complexities of the coastal interface using music, dance and digital media in this experimental performance.

Free admission; reservations required

More about La Tempesta: http://tempest.embodied.net

Supported by: UCI Illuminations: The Chancellor's Arts & Culture Initiative, Niccolo Piccinni Conservatory, Bari

For more information, visit http://21c.arts.uci.edu/emergence

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October 27 - 8:00 pm
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The Art of Performance in Irvine Presents

Rachel Rosenthal Company’s TOHUBOHU! Extreme Theatre Ensemble

Curated by Ulysses Jenkins and Deborah Oliver

Kate Noonan, Artistic Director

 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

12:00 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. Workshop

7:00 p.m. Performance*

Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL)

The legendary “Grand Dame of Performance Art” Rachel Rosenthal will be celebrated in an evening of live performance by her Company: TOHUBOHU! Extreme Theatre Ensemble. This ensemble articulates Rosenthal’s approach to interdisciplinary work through total free improvisation. The evening also includes a video compilation of excerpts from Rosenthal performing her award-winning solo performances and an introduction by Jacki Apple discussing her impact on performance in the 21st century.

There will be a public workshop with the Company Director, Kate Noonan on November 2 at 12 noon in the Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL).

Free admission

*Please join us for a post-performance discussion with the Company and writer Jacki Apple.

 

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November 2 - 12:00 pm, November 2 - 7:00 pm
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SHE

Directed by Annie Loui

 

January 25- 28, 2018

Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL)

Artistic Director of CounterBalance Theater and UCI Drama Professor Annie Loui, will create and premiere a new physical theater work at the xMPL (Experimental Media Performance Lab) in the Contemporary Arts Center at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, based on the recently published novel by New York Times “Editor’s Choice” novelist and UCI Professor, Michelle Latiolais. SHE will use a combined graduate and undergraduate team of performers and designers to construct the story of a runaway teenager in Los Angeles.  Exploring the strata of Los Angelenos (from the homeless under a freeway bridge, to an upscale gallery owner) our protagonist looks for a job, meaning, and a new home. Set in an urban Los Angeles of many cultures, promises and dangers, SHE follows the runaway through random encounters during one night alone on the street, resolving in unexpected redemption.

SHE is a contemporary story of Southern California, seen through the eyes of a teenage girl learning to navigate the opportunities and options of life.

Post-show discussions will include the author of the source material, Michelle Latiolais (Co-director of the UCI Writing Program) seeking to promote discussion about writing, but also about the unique social and economic construct of this place we call Los Angeles.

Performances:
Evenings: January 25, 26, 27 at  8:00 p.m.
Matinees: January 27, 28 at 2:00 p.m.

Free admission; reservations required

For reservations and more information, visit illuminations.uci.edu

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More about CounterBalance Theater

CounterBalance Theater’s mission statement is “to create physical theater based on great literature” and has a history of working with Illuminations to share timeless and resonating stories with the UCI undergraduate population.  These works include The Odyssey (2014/2015) in the Claire Trevor Theater ; Elsewhere (2015/2016) in Tamkin Hall, UCI Medical School; and Longitude (2016/2017), in the Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL).

More about the Artists

Annie Loui works as a director/choreographer, and is the Artistic Director of Counter-Balance Theater.  She trained with dancer Carolyn Carlson (at the Paris Opera), and studied in France with Etienne Decroux,  Ella Jarosivitcz and Jerzy Grotowski.  Original physical theater pieces have been seen in France, Monaco, West Germany, Italy, and in the United States at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, among other venues. Longtime member of the Brandeis Theater Arts Department; she also taught extensively for the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard before coming to the University of California, Irvine, where she now runs the Movement Program for the MFA Actor Training.  Her book The Physical Actor is published by Routledge Press.

Michelle Latiolais is the author of the novel She; Widow, a collection of stories shortlisted for The Believer Book Award; the novel A Proper Knowledge; and the novel Even Now, which received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California. She is a Professor of English at the University of California at Irvine, where she co-directs the Programs in Writing. She lives in Los Angeles.



January 25 - 8:00 pm, January 26 - 8:00 pm, January 27 - 2:00 pm, January 27 - 8:00 pm, January 28 - 2:00 pm
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Alternate Reality

Created by Chad Michael Hall and John Toenjes

 

February 2018

8:00 pm

Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL)

 

Free admission; reservations required

For reservations and more information, visit http://21c.arts.uci.edu/emergence

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February 1 (All day)
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The Lear Project

Directed by Philip Thompson

 

March 2018

TBD

Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL)

 

Free admission; reservations required

For reservations and more information, visit http://21c.arts.uci.edu/emergence

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March 1 (All day)
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Rhizomatic Reflections

 

April and May 2018

TBD

Experimental Media Performance Lab (xMPL)

New Work by Graduate Students in Art, Dance, Drama and Music.

Free admission; reservations required

For reservations and more information, visit http://21c.arts.uci.edu/emergence

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April 1 (All day)
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