The Ford (previously known as The Ford Theatres) has been presenting performances in its 1,200-seat outdoor amphitheater since 1920, making it one of the oldest performing arts venues in Los Angeles. Recently, The Ford has become under the stewardship of the Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil) and continues to present a wide-ranging summer season of music, dance, film and family events that are reflective of the diverse and culturally rich communities of Los Angeles.
During the pandemic, The Ford has presented a series of free online performances known as From The Ford and this March 11, 2021 at 6:30PM (PST), the LA-based Invertigo Dance Theatre’s 2016 recording of After It Happened will be available for viewing on YouTube and Facebook and at The Ford.
Invertigo Dance Theatre was founded in 2007 by Artistic Director Laura Karlin, and collaborates with a wide-range of choreographers, theater companies, social agencies, education programs and design artists. At the core of Karlin’s vision for the company is to build a community. In her own words: “A true community is one in which all people, regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, education, religion, or ability, feel welcomed and valued as equal human beings.” Through her dance company and her social activism, Karlin has built such a community that continues to expand.
After It Happened was choreographed by Karlin in collaboration with her company’s dance artists. It is set in the aftermath of a natural disaster and “tells the story of a community rebuilding itself and searching for hope among the refuse”. Karlin is a storyteller and like much of her work, After It Happened makes use of her knowledge of dance, theater and music, and this work beautifully conveys all the emotions of a resilient community coming together to heal and move forward. After It Happened features nine dancers, two musicians and incorporates both comedy and tragedy. The work’s original music was composed by Toby Karlin, Diana Lynn and Hyosun Choi.
WHO: Invertigo Dance Theatre presents After It Happened – a story of trauma, hope, and healing.
WHAT: After It Happened – Recorded live on stage at The Ford in 2016.
WHEN: Thursday, March 11, 2021, 6:30PM
WHERE: On YouTube and Facebook and at The Ford.
To learn more about The Ford, click HERE.
To visit the Los Angeles Philharmonic website, click HERE.
To visit the Invertigo Dance Theatre website, click HERE.
Compiled by Jeff Slayton for LA Dance Chronicle.
Featured image: Invertigo Dance Theatre – Photo by Souheil Michael Khoury