Blurred Lines

Performance art has long been the enigmatic cousin of gallery art, with its practitioners using as their medium movement, participation, transgression, language, symbolism and their own bodies instead of, say, paint, stone or photo-emulsion. Recent years have seen a decided resurgence of interest in the art form, even among visual artists for whom it's not their primary practice. But lines between performance and the visual arts are not the only ones being blurred -- dance, theater, spoken word, sound, storytelling, video and even indie opera have taken their places in the performance-art continuum. These days, genre-bending is the rule, not the exception. That's the backdrop for Bootleg Theater and Los Angeles Performance Practice's launch of the Live Arts Exchange -- a series featuring more than 60 local artists who blur these boundaries like nobody's business. Following the opening event Sept. 19 (a one-night carnival of multiplatform shenanigans with dozens of participants), the series continues as a festival-style rotating bill of one-off and recurring happenings, including post-punk opera from the captivating Timur & the Dime Museum in support of their smashing, romantic, noisy, cabaret-infused new album, X-ray Sunsets; experimental video and animation based on Lindbergh's transatlantic flight; Poor Dog Group's reimagining of a 1938 Jelly Roll Morton recording; and a series-within-a-series presented by the movement-obsessed Show Box L.A. collective. Check the website for the full schedule and series passes. Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., Westlake; Fri., Sept. 20-Sun., Oct. 6; times vary; $10-$20. (213) 389-3856, liveartsexchange.org.
Fri., Sept. 20, 7 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 21, 1 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 22, 4 p.m.; Thursdays, 7 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 28, 3:30 p.m. Starts: Sept. 20. Continues through Sept. 26, 2013

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