A two-weekend festival focused on nudity and its role in theater is coming to Venice. The Undressed Fest features one weekend of workshops on nudity, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 17th and 18th; and two weekends of nude theatrical and dance performances at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, June 15th to 24th and 5 p.m. Sunday, June 25th, at the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. Participation in the workshops is $75 for one day or $130 for two days. Tickets to the performances are $20.
The festival has been developed for the past five years by San Francisco-area performer Eric Kupers and his Dandelion Dancetheater company. Performances feature a cast of dancers diverse in size, shape, race, physical ability/disability, sexual orientation and age, intended to create “bizarre and beautiful layer- ings of movement by naked bodies,” according to festival organizers.
Two separate nude performances will alternate on different nights of the festival. The Naked Body in Performance brings together dance/theater and music artists from San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Nite Marsh II: Anicca, a site-specific piece, reveals a vibrant and diverse ecosystem of naked bodies, exploring connections between body image, nudity and mortality, while taking the audience on a “physical journey throughout the building,” organizers say.
Workshop participants are invited to join a community chorus of naked performers in the Nite Marsh II: Anicca piece.
Performances will be followed by discussions about the issues raised by the nude performances.
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