LBO On Display

About

This new company program celebrates the artists that make LBO unique—giving audiences a close look at artists’ own mediums and personal creative practices in an intimate gallery setting, putting the artists’ work fully ON DISPLAY.

The Long Beach Museum of Art Downtown will be transformed into a two-day exhibition and immersive happening that allows audiences to parse the performances and pieces at will. Artistic Director, James Darrah, has curated current and past LBO artists and invited each to craft performances and unique visual art of their own design. The four artists performing throughout the event have been asked to devise and present a personal piece, show works in progress, and provide insight into their own unique process of creation. Many of the artists performing have worked with LBO in previous projects and this event highlights a side that many LBO patrons don't often see. The two days will vary in content—both will feature a merger of dancers, instrumentalists, and vocalists in shockingly close proximity—ON DISPLAY is an artist-forward expansion of the definition of opera through the creation of new cross-discipline pieces of artists’ own mediums and unique practices.

Tickets will not be sold online in advance. The performers will be featured on rotation for the duration of the event, and availability is subject to gallery capacity at the door. 

Synopsis

Cast & Team

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Jasmine Albuquerque

Artist

Jasmine Albuquerque (she/her) is a choreographer, dancer, and teacher based in Los Angeles. She is co-founder of WIFE and has performed with companies such as Hysterica, Blue13 Bollywood, Collage Dance Theater, and Ryan Heffington’s Fingered. Other performances include Soft Sex, Istanbul Light Festival, TEDx SoCal, KTCHN, We Are The World, Frequency Festival UK, Jane’s Addiction, and Hecuba at venues including the Hammer Museum, Zebulon, the El Rey, the Wiltern, MOCA, The Ford, The Orpheum, and LACMA. Jasmine has choreographed music videos for Katy Perry, St. Vincent, Devendra Banhart, Ry X, Monica Dogra, done movement direction for Beyonce, Rihanna, JLO, and danced in videos for Little Nas X, Miguel, The Weekend, Beck, Laura Marling, Rodrigo Amarante, Lawrence Rothman, Verve Records, Fitz and The Tantrums, MIKA, and Morcheeba. She has a degree in History from UCLA and trained in contemporary dance at The Edge Performing Arts Center and in Budapest, Hungary.

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Shauna Davis

Artist

Originally from Weston, Florida, Shauna Davis is a dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. As a dancer, Shauna has worked with artists such as The Weeknd, Olivia Rodrigo, and Shawn Mendes and has performed with No)One. Art House, LA Opera, Long Beach Opera, and LA Chamber Orchestra. In creation, Shauna makes cinematic and storied dance experiences influenced by history and the fantasy of the future. Through movement and storytelling, Shauna offers alternate and colorful ways to express the nuances of being, while encompassing themes of legacy, reclamation, and popular culture.  www.shaunadavisdance.com

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Sharon Chohi Kim

Artist

Sharon Chohi Kim’s work as an artist, performer, and composer includes immersive experimental opera, performance art, improvisation, and space activation through movement and voice. By engaging in the act of breathing as a right, she uses the voice and body as a direct channel of protest and resistance. She fills spaces with sonic vibrations, exploring relationships between people and the space in which they occupy, inquiring into somatic and ancestral healing from collective trauma between humans and the earth. Through improvisation, she explores human and non-human states of being, discovering new ways in which her voice can sound. Sharon has performed with Long Beach Opera, MOCA, The Industry Opera Company, LA Philharmonic at Walt Disney Hall, The Broad Museum, the Getty Center and Villa, in caves, tunnels, mountains, gardens, and in water.

Collaborators
Mikaela Elson and Kathryn Shuman
Hands-up-don’t-shoot-horns by artist Elana Mann

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M. A. Tiesenga

Artist

M. A. Tiesenga is an interdisciplinary artist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. In their work, they explore intersections between music cognition, perception, nonverbal communication, and spatialized experience. To do this, they push the boundaries of score-making and interpretation. Drawing from a love of the outdoors, Tiesenga is inspired by the ways these ideas are analogous to cartography, how a map is analogous to a musical score — and how these theoretical terrains might be musically navigated/inhabited/manipulated. Tiesenga draws shapes, contours, and gestures that have congeneric and extrageneric relation to both the topography of spaces and to familiar musical notation. They explore how atypical instructions are interpreted by performers negotiating this interpretation in real-time.

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Alucard Mendoza McHaney

Artist

Alucard Mendoza McHaney (it/its) is a trans, queer performance and dance artist currently committed to exploring cathartic experiences and unreality through durational practice. Raised and based on unceded Tongva land (Los Angeles), it has worked with Jasmine Alberquerque, Ryan Heffington, and Jas Lin, and has recently performed in Human Measure (Cassils, 2021 & 2022) and All Fours, a piece in Lifes (Bob Kil & Nina Bier, Hammer Museum, 2022). 

Your Visit

This event will take place at LBMA Downtown in the heart of downtown Long Beach.

Health & Safety Measures

Please make sure to review LBO's up-to-date health and safety measures prior to your visit. Information regarding vaccine requirements, masks, and more can be found here. 

Directions & Parking

Address: 356 E 3rd St, Long Beach, CA 90802

Parking: Long Beach Pride runs July 8th through 10th, and we expect the downtown area to be highly-congested. Parking is available at numerous garages in the downtown area, as well as street parking throughout the city. Please plan accordingly for timing and high street and pedestrian traffic surrounding the event. 

Public Transportation: Take the Metro Blue Line to 1st Street Station. From the train platform, walk north on Long Beach Blvd toward E Broadway. Turn right onto E 3rd Street, and the museum will be on the right.

Ticketing

Tickets for this event will not be sold in advance online. The performers will be on rotation for the duration of the event, and availability is subject to gallery capacity at the door. 

Immersive Space

This event will take place with performances moving about the galleries in the LBMA Downtown space. Most patrons will be standing for the event, and limited seating is available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Gathering for food and drinks will be outside in the parking lot attached to the venue. Please make sure to dress appropriately for warmer temperatures during the day and monitor the weather before the performance to best make a decision for your comfort.

ADA Accessibility

This venue is accessible for patrons needing ADA accessibility. Please review the accessibility section of the LBMA Downtown website for further information. If you have questions about this event, please contact the box office by emailing [email protected] or by calling (562) 470-7464.



National Endowement for the Arts    California Arts Council Arts Council for Long Beach City of Long Beach Art Works Opera America KUSC

This activity is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at cac.ca.gov
Supported in part by a grant from the Arts Council for Long Beach and the City of Long Beach.
Long Beach Opera events are supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission