The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive released its spring 2013 line-up for L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA. The much-lauded after-hours performance program returns with a typically eclectic schedule, melding dance, theater, music, and more. The season’s highlights include a concert by an all classical-guitar ensemble, a closing performance of an iconic postmodern dance work, a live-band mash-up of the music of Bob Dylan and Prince, appearances by boundary-busting vocal virtuosos, innovative theater groups, and mind-expanding laptop musicians—plus a lunchtime rock ‘n’ roll swap meet.
Guest programmer Sarah Cahill continues her acclaimed series of new musical happenings at L@TE with evenings featuring the innovative eight-piece Pacific Guitar Ensemble, bi-continental electroacoustic music and sampling pioneer Carl Stone, and an eco-conscious collaboration between composer and vocal performer Pamela Z and video artist Christine McPhee.
BAM/PFA’s Sean Carson programs a not-entirely quiet series of events in conjunction with BAM/PFA’s major spring exhibition Silence. An unlikely live mash-up of the music of Prince and Bob Dylan by all-star Bay Area funk band PC Munoz’s Singing Blood, a new performance by innovative homemade instrument performance project Thingamajigs with the Dandelion Dance Theater, and an evening of reworked scenes and songs from popular musicals by the UC Berkeley student theater group BareTroupe, will stretch conventional understandings of what silence can mean.
East Bay choreographer, dancer, and punk rocker Brontez Purnell, who performed at L@TE in 2011, returns to host three stellar events. New Diaspora promises to explore the work of “artists hailing from diverse dimensions of the African diaspora.” Part party, part recital, part family reunion, Other Dancers brings together some of the area’s most innovative dancers and performers. Finally, Purnell transforms Gallery B into a Rock N Roll “Flea Market” for a one-off E@RLY: Sundays @ BAM/PFA event that will feature pop-ups from several local record sellers, publishers, zines, as well as musical sets by Warm Soda and High Anxiety.
Legendary choreographer Anna Halprin will present the final stagings of her most iconic dance work Parades and Changes at BAM/PFA as part of the MATRIX exhibition program, including a special L@TE performance. Programmed by BAM/PFA curator Dena Beard, the work was previously performed at BAM/PFA in 1970 to open the current building. The BAM/PFA Student Committee teams up once again with video curator Steve Seid for BAM/PFA’s annual Cine/Spin extravaganza. A fleet of student DJs will transform vintage Buster Keaton and other slapstick silents, mixing beats new and old.
To view the L@TE and E@RLY schedules online visit: bampfa.berkeley.edu/late