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Forum Lounge: Susan Simpson, Exhibit A
THUR. FEB. 4, 7 PM (with a repeat performance at 8 PM)
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Paseo Nuevo Mall Upper Arts Terrace
Experimental theatre artist Susan Simpson uses intricate marionettes and unusual film projections to create captivating performances of puppet theatre. Simpson is co-founder of The Manual Archives, a micro theater and exhibition space devoted to the presentation of newly discovered and invented folklore of Los Angeles.
Funding and support for the ‘09-‘10 Forum Lounge season is generously provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Make Studio, and the Franciscan Inn. Official media sponsors: the Santa Barbara Independent and KCSB 91.9 FM. Forum Lounge is presented in association with the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization’s First Thursdays.
Now that the Forum Lounge is in its fourth year and has built a diverse audience in Santa Barbara, I strive to maintain a similarly reflective diversity in curating. Out of the 11 performances that happen over the course of the year, my goal is to program events that touch upon the many types of performance art happening across the US and internationally. Whether these events are based in music, theatre, film, or a combination of different media, my final intent is to bring captivating and revealing performance art to Santa Barbara that is indicative of larger performance art practices around the world.
For the February Forum Lounge, I'm excited to present Susan Simpson. I first became familiar with Susan's work after seeing her listed as part of REDCAT's series. Susan is a professor of Theatre at the prestigious CalArts and is also an experimental theatre artist and filmmaker who's work has won critical acclaim, including her theatrical performances at The Manual Archives. I was first drawn to Susan's unique brand of performance art because of her theatrical background and work with puppetry, an art form that combines the narrative of theatre with complex artmaking skills in puppet craft and set and lighting design. But what I find most appealing about Susan's work is the interplay between different media as she incorporates film and imagery with the production values of a theatrical endeavor. And, by drawing up on Los Angeles folklore and mythology, the subject matter becomes even more pertinent to a Santa Barbara audience.
Click here to read an article on Susan's work in the LA Times:
I hope that you can join us for what will be an incredible evening of imaginative storytelling with a twist.
--Heather Jeno Silva, Forum Lounge Curator
Jan. 18, 2010