Dancers rehearse at Union Station in preparation for Red Line Time performances on April 5 and 6. Photo: Natalie Metzger
On Friday and Saturday of this week, fleeting dance performances will take place at 14 Metro Rail stations as part of a conference on urbanism and modernism taking place at Metro. Stephan Koplowitz: Red Line Time is a time/space durational site-specific performance event presented by the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles and was conceived and created by award winning director/choreographer/media artist Stephan Koplowitz.
Through an ensemble of eight performers, Stephan Koplowitz: Red Line Time utilizes the diverse spaces at each individual station along the Metro Red Line to create a durational, and long distance performance that is in sync with the train in both space and time. Following the Metro Red Line trains’ schedule, Stephan Koplowitz: Red Line Time is performed both above ground at Metro station entrances and underground at various stations’ mezzanine level ticketing plazas. The entire event is designed to match the ebb and flow of the commuting public, and to take place within the strict schedule of the trains. In doing so, the performances aim to transform the Metro Red Line into a long distance performative space and invite the public to discover and re-discover a vital transportation artery of Los Angeles.
Stephan Koplowitz: Red Line Time spans all 14 stations of Metro’s Red Line, beginning at Union Station and continuing on to North Hollywood, lasting about 2 1/2 hours. Audiences are asked to meet at the Union Station East Portal, next to the Metro Customer Center, and purchase a Metro TAP card all-day pass, granting them access to enter and exit the Metro Red Line for the duration of the performance ($1.00 for the card for those who don’t already have one + $5.00 for all-day pass). Audience members are invited to follow the performance for as long or as short a time period as they wish as it travels through the Red Line stations.
Performances begin at the Union Station East Portal next to the Metro Customer Center on the following dates and times:
Friday, April 5, 9 a.m.
Friday, April 5, 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 6, 4 p.m.
Stephan Koplowitz: Red Line Time will be performed by Rachel Butler-Green, Roya Carreras, Leslie Curtis, Nick Duran, Monica Mordaunt, Kerrie Schroeder, Alexandria Yalj, Sadie Yarrington and Jacob Campbell (understudy). Anne C. Moore is the Rehearsal Director and Costume Designer.
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Dancers rehearse at North Hollywood Station in preparation for Red Line Time performances on April 5 and 6. Photo: Stephan Koplowitz
Dancers rehearse in preparation for Red Line Time performances on April 5 and 6. Photo: Natalie Metzger