Miwa Matreyek Double Feature

Miwa Matreyek’s performances have thrilled audiences at major festivals and theaters around the world. They create a metaphor-laden fantasy world that is always grounded in reality with Matreyek’s own presence. This World Made Itself is a visual and musical journey through the history of the universe, from its beginning to the ever complex world of humans. Filled with a child’s sense of scientific wonder and rich in surrealism, this engrossing live performance combines animation and movement theater. In Myth and Infrastructure the artist’s shadow is constantly present as the world around her shifts and transforms, integrating her body into her own fantastical imagination, in which she traverses oceans, cityscapes, and domestic spaces to conjure dreamlike scenes. The performance features original music by Flying Lotus, Careful, Anna Oxygen, Caroline, and Mileece.

Manual Cinema | Lula del Ray

Employing overhead projectors, shadow puppets, actors in silhouette, and live music, Lula del Ray is the story of a lonely adolescent girl who lives with her mother on the outskirts of a vast satellite array in the middle of the desert. After a chance encounter over the radio, Lula becomes obsessed with a soulful country duo. Encouraged by their music, she runs away from home and into a world of danger, deception, and disappointment. Set in the mid-century American Southwest and inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, and Patsy Cline, Lula del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story. Audience members are invited on stage post-performance to interact with the artists.

Sam Green and Brent Green: Live Cinema

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sam Green and filmmaker/animator Brent Green, while not related, are both known for their singular performances combining cinema, musical accompaniment, and live narration. At this unique event, Brent will tell stories about his family, growing up in rural Pennsylvania, and the woman who sewed a spacesuit for the first dog sent into space. Sam will share tales about Louis Armstrong, the fog in San Francisco, and the last person listed in the San Francisco phone book. This rare collaborative appearance features live foley and soundtracks by musicians Brendan Canty (Fugazi), James Canty (Nation of Ulysses), Becky Foon (Thee Silver Mt. Zion), and Kate Ryan, as accompaniment to these short cinematic gems.