Dancing In Wonderland: Alice Rahon's Orion, The Great Man of The Sky
French-born surrealist artist Alice Rahon was inspired by the symbols and textures of prehistoric, Pre-Columbian, Native American, and Indian culture and artifacts. The classical Hindu dances she witnessed during a trip to India compelled her to write and create costumes and puppets for Ballet d’Orion. The ballet was to be performed with sacred music as played in Krishna temples. The ballet's themes—the origin of life and hope for a new era—resonated with much artistic production in the aftermath of World War II. The ballet was never performed during Rahon's lifetime. Now, the theater group Laboratorio de la Máscara, from Mexico City, along with the choreographer from the South Indian dance group Shaktala, travel to Los Angeles to perform Orion, The Great Man of the Sky, an interpretation of Rahon's orginal work. Los Angeles–based dancers and actresses will also participate. This performance is the United States premiere and will be held in conjunction with LACMA's special exhibition In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States.
Art of the Americas Building, Level 2 | Free with museum admission and for members; $15 for all others | Tickets required--available one hour prior to event at any Ticket Office
Image: Used by permission, Laboratorio de la Máscara