Along the lines of her previous works’ themes related to and sometimes including four-legged creatures on stage or in the grass around the site-specific environment, award-winning interdisciplinary artist Ann Carlson brings “These Are the Ones We Fell Among” to the newest UCLA-owned venue, The Nimoy Theater. Presented by the Center for the Art of Performance, shows are this Saturday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 8, at 3 p.m.
Carlson collaborates with the USA/Swiss male/female duo known as inkBoat, Shinichi Iova-Koga and Dana Iova-Koga. Together, they create what’s described in promotional materials as a Samuel Beckett-like, sometimes absurdist “dreamscape.” The production references the “movements, myths and metaphors of our nonhuman cousins.” These creatures include the vaquita, an ocean-swimming mammal like a porpoise — whose population is nearly extinct — and the largest land mammal, the elephant. Poignant humor, text and dance “juxtapose elegance in the face of extinction,” much like the project’s development via Zoom during the height of the pandemic.
There will be a post-show discussion after Sunday’s matinee.
Both creative artists have been recognized with national awards and support and international engagements. Carlson previously presented the outdoor “Doggie Hamlet” and, in Royce Hall, “The Symphonic Body” via CAP/UCLA. inkBoat recently performed in several cities in Switzerland, in Germany and in their Northern California home base.
—Benn Widdey, Culture Spot LA
UCLA Nimoy Theater, 1262 Westwood Blvd., LA 90024
Photo credit: Robbie Sweeny