Performance of Self is an immersive piece by Jodie Landau which uses chamber music and dance to weave its way through songs and stories about queerness, gender, sexuality, [online] dating, choice, consent, attraction, desire, expectations, conforming to someone’s needs vs. self-preservation, language and communication, dance, drag, costume, and the performance of self.

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Performance of Self is an immersive piece by Jodie Landau which uses chamber music and dance to weave its way through songs and stories about queerness, gender, sexuality, [online] dating, choice, consent, attraction, desire, expectations, conforming to someone’s needs vs. self-preservation, language and communication, dance, drag, costume, and the performance of self.

“We continuously construct and curate our lives, our relationships, and our selves,” said Landau, “ by choice or by circumstance. We weave the stories given to us, those we gather, and those we choose to retell to form a sense of identity. In identifying ourselves and each other we look to codify and define, and in such things we find both comfort and tribulations, as well as opportunity and limitations. Within all this, gender and sexuality are heavily weighted and fascinating topics, or at least have been for me, by choice and circumstance.”

Jodie Landau (Composer / Creator) is a composer, vocalist, percussionist and newest member of the renowned Icelandic record label Bedroom Community. His music combines elements of chamber music, rock, and jazz for live performance, film, theater, and dance. Landau works with the acclaimed modern music collective, wild Up as a performer, composer and production coordinator. He has also performed with groups such as the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, The Industry, Vinny Golia Large Ensemble, Contemporaneous, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. In addition to his own music, Jodie has performed works by Ellen Reid, Christopher Rountree, Marc Lowenstein, Emily Hall, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Daníel Bjarnason, and more. Jodie and wild Up traveled to Reykjavik, Iceland in 2014 to collaborate on a concert and recording with Graduale Nobili, the Icelandic choir that recorded and toured with Bjork on Biophillia, and recorded at Greenhouse Studios with Valgeir Sigurðsson. Bedroom Community released the culminating album, Jodie Landau / wild Up’s you of all things. Jodie was also the multi-percussionist in The Industry’s invisible opera for wireless headphones, Invisible Cities by Christopher Cerrone at Union Station. He composed a live score for Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY’s mouth to mouth. He toured with Ballet National de Marseille and ICKamsterdam, performing the premiere of Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten’s Extremalism with music by Valgeir Sigurðsson. Most recently, Jodie joined Bedroom Community for their Whale Watching Tour across Europe, including a performance with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, with an additional US show at Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the LA Phil's Reykjavik Festival.

Peabody Southwell (Production Designer) has established herself as a multifaceted artist in a range of creative endeavors. As a Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano recognized for her “stylistic mastery and ripe, sensual sound” (Opera magazine, UK), she has performed principal roles for LA Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Carnegie Hall, Seattle Symphony, LA Philharmonic, New World Symphony and San Francisco Symphony and has been conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, James Conlon, John Adams and Robert Spano. A champion of new music, she is slated to premiere works for composers Ashley Fure, Ted Hearne, Laura Kaminsky and Jodie Landau. A native of Los Angeles, she frequently appears with LA Opera. Most notably, she performed the central role in the world premiere of David Lang's anatomy theater, in an "electrifying" (Wall Street Journal) performance, leading Musical America to note, "Southwell gave another demonstration as to why she has become one of the most fearless, versatile young singing actresses on the stage today." As a director, designer and dramaturg she prioritizes bold collaboration across the arts in productions, installations and experimental events described by the Los Angeles Times as "the future of classical music."

Mar 16

Jodie Landau's Performance of Self - presented by BMP

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