Beth Morrison Projects: Jodie Landau "Performance of Self"
7pm doors • 8pm show
We continuously construct and curate our lives, our relationships, and our selves, by choice or by circumstance. We weave the stories given to us, those we gather, and those we choose to retell to form a sense of identity. In identifying ourselves and each other we look to codify and define, and in such things we find both comfort and tribulations, as well as opportunity and limitations. Within all this, gender and sexuality are heavily weighted and fascinating topics, or at least have been for Jodie Landau, by choice and circumstance.
This immersive piece by Jodie Landau uses chamber music and dance to weave its way through songs and stories about queerness, gender, sexuality, [online] dating, choice, consent, attraction, desire, expectations, conforming to someone’s needs vs. self-preservation, language and communication, dance, drag, costume, and the performance of self.
Jodie Landau (Composer / Creator) is a composer, vocalist, and percussionist, and the newest member of the renowned Icelandic record label Bedroom Community. His music combines elements of chamber music, rock, and jazz for live performance, film, theater, and dance. Landau works with the acclaimed modern music collective wild Up as a performer, composer, and production coordinator. He has also performed with groups such as the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, The Industry, Vinny Golia Large Ensemble, Contemporaneous, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. In addition to his own music, Jodie has performed works by Ellen Reid, Christopher Rountree, Marc Lowenstein, Emily Hall, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Daníel Bjarnason, and more. Jodie and wild Up traveled to Reykjavik, Iceland in 2014 to collaborate on a concert and recording with Graduale Nobili, the Icelandic choir that recorded and toured with Bjork on Biophilia, and recorded at Greenhouse Studios with Valgeir Sigurðsson. Bedroom Community released the culminating album, Jodie Landau / wild Up’s you of all things. Jodie was also the multi-percussionist in The Industry’s invisible opera for wireless headphones, Invisible Cities by Christopher Cerrone at Union Station. He composed a live score for Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY’s mouth to mouth. He toured with Ballet National de Marseille and ICKamsterdam, performing the premiere of Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten’s Extremalism with music by Valgeir Sigurðsson. Most recently, Jodie joined Bedroom Community for their Whale Watching Tour across Europe, including a performance with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, with an additional US show at Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the LA Phil’s Reykjavik Festival.
Peabody Southwell (Production Designer) has established herself as a multifaceted artist in a range of creative endeavors. As a Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano recognized for her “stylistic mastery and ripe, sensual sound” (Opera magazine, UK), she has performed principal roles for LA Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Carnegie Hall, Seattle Symphony, LA Philharmonic, New World Symphony and San Francisco Symphony and has been conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, James Conlon, John Adams and Robert Spano. A champion of new music, she is slated to premiere works for composers Ashley Fure, Ted Hearne, Laura Kaminsky, and Jodie Landau. A native of Los Angeles, she frequently appears with LA Opera. Most notably, she performed the central role in the world premiere of David Lang’s anatomy theater, in an “electrifying” (Wall Street Journal) performance, leading Musical America to note, “Southwell gave another demonstration as to why she has become one of the most fearless, versatile young singing actresses on the stage today.” As a director, designer and dramaturg she prioritizes bold collaboration across the arts in productions, installations, and experimental events described by the Los Angeles Times as “the future of classical music.”
Miwa Matreyek (Projections Designer) is an animator, designer, and performer based in Los Angeles, touring internationally as an independent artist since 2010. Coming from a background in animation, Matreyek creates live, staged performances in which she interacts with her kaleidoscopic animations as a shadow silhouette, in a dreamlike visual space that makes invisible worlds visible, often weaving surreal and poetic narratives of conflict between humanity and nature. She travels as a one-woman show, often incorporating artist talks and workshops. She performs her interdisciplinary shadow performances all around the world, including at animation/film festivals, theater/performance festivals, art museums, science museums, universities, and tech conferences. A few past presentations include TED, MoMA, White Light Festival at Lincoln Center, Sundance New Frontier, Future of Storytelling conference, Fusebox Festival, TBA Festival, Exploratorium, ISEA conference, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and many more. She is also a co-founder and core collaborator of multimedia theater company Cloud Eye Control. She received her MFA for Experimental Animation and Integrated Media from CalArts in 2007. She is a recipient of the Sherwood Award (2016), Creative Capital Award (2013), Princess Grace Award (2007), and Princess Grace Foundation’s Special Projects award (2009, 2012, 2019). She won Student Grand Prix with her performance Dreaming Lucid Living at Platform International Animation Festival in 2007.