Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica is presenting Fringes-Margins-Borders as part of the show’s four-city tour, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 6th and 7th, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8th.
The show features performers Deadlee, Ian MacKinnon, Saleem and guest artist Scott Turner. San Francisco artists Stephanie Cooper, Sean Dorsey Dance, and Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa will also be a part of the show.
Fringes-Margins-Borders is a multidisciplinary performance project of new works drawn from personal narratives designed to initiate community across artificially and socially constructed identity divides. For the tour, Highways is partnering with San Francisco’s Queer Cultural Center and San Diego’s Sushi Performance and Visual Art. The project is sponsored in part by the James Irvine Foundation and is a National Performance Network Creation Fund Project.
“I find that in our LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community we tend to isolate from the other,” Highways’ artistic director Leo GarcÌa says. “We find comfort in being with those who are like us.
“Fringes-Margins-Borders is a new kind of Highways’ performing arts program designed to initiate a creative community-building public dialogue,” GarcÌa added. “It’s our ongoing effort to promote understanding and mutual respect across artificially and socially constructed identity divides.”
Fringes-Margins-Borders reflects the contradictory opinions and values generated by California’s profound demographic changes of the past 40 years, Garcia said. The artists attempt to capture this complex moment in California’s history, when the state’s social fabric and its cultural landscape are being transformed into something entirely different than they were before the millennium.
The production’s artistic goal is to express and reflect California’s new multicultural social paradigm by commissioning eight individual artists to create coherent, intelligent and insightful narratives rooted in their observations, complaints, experiences and discoveries, according to Highways.
“We’re touring four cities with this project; San Francisco, L.A., Claremont and San Diego,” said GarcÌa. “We couldn’t do it without the support of the Irvine Foundation and the National Performance Network.”
Highways Performance Space is at 1651 18th St., Santa Monica.
Tickets are $20 general admission and $15 for members, students and seniors. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.highwaysperformance.org/.
Information, (310) 315-1459.