Rebecca Bruno has been curating a site-specific dance series called homeLA that takes place in homes in Los Angeles. The third one took place at a house in Highland Park. It ran from sunrise to sunset, with the first performance taking place at 5:30 a.m. and the last taking place at 4:30 p.m., and many participatory events like parlor games, crafts, haircuts and tarot readings during the day. The following is not a review of the sunrise performance but a description of what I saw and sometimes of what I felt.
It feels strange driving into a sleeping residential neighborhood. I see a couple of people walking and think they must be going to the same place I am. I find a parking spot. As I walk up to the address there are a handful of people waiting for the performance to begin. I know a couple of people, but I start talking to a couple I don’t know. Like most of the conversations around us, ours is about why we came here, who we know and how great it is to get up so early and get together with some people and watch art.
Then Rebecca says the performance is beginning and we look around and see a young woman in a white shift and work boots standing in the street. I walk across the street so I can see better:
she comes dancing down the street
all upper body with the arms angling about
and the feet and knees moving this activity
down the hill