The Catholic church has come a long way since Saint Sebastian volunteered to comfort early Christians awaiting martyrdom and become one himself. In art, Sebastian is the one tied up and shot with a multitude of arrows. The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian brings that saint to contemporary Catholicism with a site-specific mystery play commissioned for L.A.’s cathedral. Choreographed by Grete Gryzwana and set to music by Claude Debussy, the work involves the sculptures, wallworks and mixed-media installations of Simon Toparovsky’s exhibition, “Vessels and Channels,” which is at the cathedral until February, when it goes to Italy. Toparovsky designed the cathedral’s life-size bronze crucifix above the cathedral’s main altar, but this is his first exhibition in L.A. in two decades.
Sun., Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m., 2015
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