The bulk of LAND/ART, an ambitious project of land-based art in New Mexico, gets going in mid June. 516 ARTS, the collaboration's organizer, starts things off a little earlier with its contribution Here & There: Seeing New Ground. Sixteen artists, including Norman Akers, Shelley Niro and Laurie Anderson, explore the connections between nature, art, land and identity. The opening reception takes place on Friday, June 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. at 516 ARTS (516 Central SW). For more info, go to 516arts.org, and stay tuned for the Alibi's upcoming coverage of the whole LAND/ART project.
Los Fantasticos’ Days of Future Past at South Broadway Cultural Center
If you're like me, you took a road trip with your mom when you were in the seventh grade, driving from New Mexico to Illinois to visit your great-grandmother. You called her Mee-Maw. It was winter, and you and mom drove there and back in a 1982 Bonneville that had no cassette player. Instead, you used the boombox you had been given the previous Christmas, a neon-yellow number that represented the apex of mid-’80s, under $50 electronic design. And you'll also remember that mom didn't really like your music, which consisted of The Bangles, Genesis, and Huey Lewis and the News (it wouldn't be until the eighth grade that you discovered new wave). So mom played her one cassette, over and over, for thousands of miles: The Moody Blues' Days of Future Passed. It was the only time in your life when you got your mom to yourself for more than a few hours, and by the time you went back through the weird McDonald's that's in an overpass in Oklahoma, you had the whole album memorized.
Too Hip to Be Square Dance
Wild Dancing West at VSA North Fourth Art Center
When an audience takes in Song Cycle, it's tough to say what they'll see.
There will be dance, music and video. You can bet on it being abstract, comical and improvised. Other than that, each time it's performed, the piece takes on dramatically different forms.
"We always allow ourselves the room to make any kind of decision on the spot," explains Song Cycle director Kevin Paul. "We have this love of our own creative process so, as challenging as it may be, we love to set up a situation where we're having to invent and make creative decisions on the fly all the time."
Song Cycle, presented by Ecotone Physical Theatre of Albuquerque, is one of five performances that make up Wild Dancing West. The fourth annual festival of local and regional contemporary dance spans three weekends beginning Friday, June 5. Curators Zsolt Palcza and John Davis say they wanted the festival to capture the diversity that exists within the realm of contemporary dance. "We try to find a combination of companies so we're not doing the same kind of dance three weekends in a row," Davis says. "We get some variety in styles."