LAXART presents "The Sleeping Poet and the Jongleuse", a new cabaret-style performance by artist Shana Lutker. With an eclectic cast including knife jugglers and strongmen, live music, and swinging chandeliers, the show tells the story of a fistfight that took place on July 2, 1925 at a Paris banquet. This performance is part of Lutker’s ongoing body of work on the history of the fistfights of the Surrealists. At the French restaurant TAIX, an LA-fixture since 1927, the audience will enjoy a four-course meal, playfully mirroring the banquet for Symbolist poet Saint-Pol-Roux that was the setting of the contentious 1925 brawl spurred on by the young Surrealists.
"The Sleeping Poet and the Jongleuse" is a commissioned performance that is part of LAXART’s Occasional platform and is Lutker’s first performance in Los Angeles. Other performances include "The Average Mysterious and the Shirt Off Its Back, part of Chapter 3", commissioned by Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and performed at PAMM in May 2015 and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC, as part of Lutker’s solo exhibition Le “NEW” Monocle, Chapters 1 – 3 (October 29, 2015 – February 16, 2016). The Nose, the Cane, the Broken Left Arm, Lutker’s first performance based on the Surrrealist fistfights, was a Performa 13 Commission, staged in NY in 2013. A version of this play was recently presented at Cabaret Voltaire as part of the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of DADA.
About LAXART’s Occasional
Initiated in 2013, The Occasional is a series of ambitious commissioned projects produced by a national curatorial team that establishes criticality and innovation through collaboration between artists and curators. The Occasional focuses on international artist residencies, long-term projects, and newly commissioned work presented in experimental contexts throughout Los Angeles.
LAXART is an independent nonprofit art space in Hollywood presenting experimental exhibitions and public art initiatives, offering the public access to a new generation of artists and curators, supporting both risk and dialogue, producing new work for new audiences, inciting the conversation on contemporary art in LA, animating dynamic relationships between art, artists and audiences, enhancing the cultural landscape of LA by supporting challenging work and reflecting the diversity of the city.