When we go to the theater to see a play, a dance concert or the symphony orchestra, what we seldom think about is that some of those theaters sit inactive for many hours of the day. This was especially true during the two year period of the Covid pandemic when not just theaters but many business around the world were shuttered. Dance artists Kevin Zambrano and Bret Easterling, however, seized this opportunity to utilize the empty venues by creating the Ghost Light Residency, a program of BEMOVING, for providing dance artists the time and space to create new solo works. They considered this a great chance for the participating artists to “creatively reflect on how the pandemic and growing social justice movements have informed their artistic process and expression.” The venues that they have partnered with thus far are the Madrid Theatre in Canoga Park and the Warner Grand Theatre in Los Angeles.  The works created during the residencies were filmed and archived to the project’s website.  You can view them by clicking HERE.

Jasmine Orpilla by Josh S Rose at Madrid Theatre 05 Tom Tsai by Josh S Rose at Warner Grand Theater 03 Jul Wiggins by Josh S Rose at Madrid Theatre 02 Emara Neymour-Jackson by Josh S Rose at Warner Grand Theater 09 Jas Lin by Lorrin Brubaker at the Warner Grand Theater 09 Javon Ja'Moon Jones by Josh S Rose at the Warner Grand Theater 02
Javon "Ja'Moon" Jones at the Warner Grand Theatre - Photo by Josh S. Rose

From 7:00 to 10:30 PM on Friday, November 11, 2022 at Navel in DTLA, Ghost Light Residency will present a full fun-fill and creative evening titled GHOST LIGHT that includes a dance party, live performances, film screenings, a raffle, drinks and treats. GHOST LIGHT will showcase the six dance artists that have been supported by this program since its inception.  They include: Ilokana/x-American, Jasmine Orpilla; Tom Tsai who calls himself is a descendant of survivors and victims of Taiwan’s martial law era, and a perpetual student of B-boy/B-girl culture;  Non-binary movement artist based in Los Angeles, Jul Wiggins;  Emara Neymour Jackson, a LA Based dancer, vocalist, actress, filmmaker, and creative director of her experimental research practice, PumpUp!; Taiwanese/American performance artist, choreographer, Jas Lin; and Javon ‘Ja’Moon” Jones, who focuses his performance art on sacred illustrations of ancestral reverence, black boy magic, and rituals of change. Tickets are on sale now.

This celebration and fundraiser to help fund the 2023 residencies for the Ghost Light Residency program was created by Co-Directors Kevin Zambrano and Bret Easterling; Produced by Loni Rodgers and Sadie Wilking; and featuring RYBG – Co-Presenter/Video Team; and Josh S. Rose – In-House Photographer.


WHAT: GHOST LIGHT – Showcasing the work of Jasmine Orpilla, Tom Tsai, Jul Wiggins, Emara Neymour-Jackson, Jas Lin, and Javon Jones.
WHO: Ghost Light Residency sponsored by BEMOVING.
WHEN: Friday, November 11, 2022 – 7:00 to 10:30 PM.
WHERE: NAVEL LA – 1611 S. Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA. 90015.
TICKETS: Available online HERE and at the door. – All ticket and drink sales will be used to help fund our 2023 residencies.

For more information about the Ghost Light Residence program, please visit their website.

Written by Jeff Slayton for LA Dance Chronicle.

Featured image:  Ghost Light Residency – Jas Lin at the Warner Grand Theater – Photo by Lorrin Brubaker