When: Fri., Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m. 2014
Many of the most engaging performances are those that elude disciplinary categorization, challenging the viewer to jump between habitual, media-specific modes of reception until they blur into a mess of indescribable experience. That is the kind of performance that one can likely expect from but what you want is far away. The show, which will take place at the Oakland Museum of California (1000 Oak St.) on Friday, will combine new poetry, dance, music, and visual art. The centerpiece of the night is the world premiere of “god sees everything,” a dance-driven piece choreographed by Phoebe Osborne that interrogates the understanding of California as a symbol of abundance, and explores its connection with psychedelic experience and the pursuit of transformation. The piece will involve three main performers, a chorus of dancers, and a live score by Colin Self. It was commissioned in conjunction with one of OMCA’s current exhibitions, Fertile Ground: Art and Community in California, which celebrates the importance of artistic community by remembering four influential groups of artists whose mutual inspiration catalyzed shifts in California art history. With this performance, audiences have the chance to see that kind of work happening now.