Juan Antonio Rivera
Alumni - Music
Førgøtten - A Contemporary Ballet for the Soul.
Dance, Ballet, Poetry, Surrealist space, Nightmares, Afro-futurism, Outrage, Embodiment, Introspection, Healing, Reconnecting, Community, Contemplation, Empathy, Compassion, Rebellion, Activation, Awareness, Awakening, the Future is Female, and the Future is Mixed.
Featuring music by:
Elliot Cook Carter, Jr. (b. December 11, 1908-d. November 5, 2012) was an American composer who was a two time Pulitzer Prize winner. He was the son of Elliot Carter, Sr., a wealthy lace importer, and the former Florence Chambers. As a teenager, he received musical encouragement from another American composer and insurance salesman, Charles Ives. Ives, in fact, sold insurance to the Carter family. In the 1930s he studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris and then returned back to the United States. He originally had works that were more neoclassical in flavor, but his style shifted to emphasize rhythmic complexity and atonality. His works include all types of instrumentation such as orchestral, chamber music, solo instrumental, and vocal works.
Juan A. Rivera, flute
Ernesto Cruz, clarinet
32:35 "Enchanted Preludes" by Elliott Carter
Juan Antonio Rivera, flute
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick, cello
Luciano Berio, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMR (an Italian knighthood title) (b. October 24, 1925-d. May 27, 2003) was an Italian composer. Born in Oneglia, he was taught piano by his father and grandfather, who were both organists. During World War II, he was conscripted into the army but injured his hand learning how to work a gun. Following the war, Berio studied under Giulio Cesare Paribeni and Giorgio Federico Ghedini at the Milan Conservatory. Unfortunately, Berio could not continue to study piano performance due to his hand injury, so he decided to concentrate his musical efforts on composition. He was known for his experimental work as well as his pioneering work in electronic music. In fact, Berio is credited with the first electroacoustic composition in the history of western music made with
voice and elaboration of the voice with technological means.
Juan A. Rivera, flute
Our Composition begins with "THE CYCLE," which is told in two sections comprised of poetry, videography, choreography, acting, costumes, and contemporary music from Elliot Carter's "Esprit rude, esprit doux" for flute and clarinet.
To begin our tribute to the female victims of police brutality, "Say My Name" is a call to feel the pain of these losses through diction and enunciation of these women's birth names. The soloists explore the life of being a victim, a survivor, a mother, a grandmother, a daughter.
In the third section, we decided to focus on the victims' families and their need for healing. We consider this our healing section. In "At your last," we express the hope that the victims had a final exhilarating moment of feeling loved by another person, whether it was their mother, husband, daughter, or grandmother. That although the world was crushing them, they still have that powerful memory of love. Being loved.
The piece culminates in a scene where newly turned humanoids have solved the human dilemma of prejudice. Our society cannot hide its shameful past trespasses by encaging, imprisoning our family of color. The deluge, the chaos, wake up. Improvisation erupts.
Juan A. Rivera
Angelica Mondol-Viana, Joye Forrest, & Elizabeth Geocaris
Jamila Reddy & Taireikca Glover
Sarah Van Sciver
Video editing by
Sarah Van Sciver
Costume design by
Matthew Kuang, Joye Forrest, Elizabeth Geocaris, Ellen Edwards-Siess, & Angelica Mondol-Viana
Ellen Edwards-Siess, Joye Forrest, Elizabeth Geocaris, Matthew Kuang, & Angelica Mondol-Viana
Future-Beings acted by
Dionna Daniel & Henita Tello
Public Awareness Actors/Walkers/Crowds acted by
Diana Cioffari-MacPhee, Ruth Odukoya, Natalie Perez, & Jordan Terrel
“I create 3 videos to show a world hidden inside the reflection of water. I use my tentacle that is made out of water to find a link between the world that surrounds me right now and the memories of adventure that only I know. No matter if it is humidity or moisture, I sense […]
“My B-body” is a project I created during home quarantine. It is based on a poem I wrote about the relationship between my physical body and my consciousness. The text of the poem reads: My B-body My body doesn’t belong to me It wants to be free It wants to come apart It wants me […]
Noticing Nature looks at how a new story is needed that is more centered around nature. It explores how everything, including ourselves, is connected, and how important it is that we take the time to slow down and notice the nature that surrounds us every day. http://www.noticingnature.com/
Three kinetic sculptures explore relationships between circularity/co-opting/recycling and linearity/polarization/binary-ness, and how personal agency or positionality intersects with these linked mechanics. (They’re NOT “voting machines;” they reflect the operation of many large systems, frameworks and conversations, e.g., the relationship between the DIY ethos and capitalism, between the political far left and far right, and among nested […]
No Time For Names is a 51 minute score created in Spring 2020 by artists Rissa Dee, Luka Fisher, Jung A. Jung, Peter Kalisch, M-Other, Kyler O’Neal, Ritual Spirit, Danielle Roz, and Christina Elaine Vasquez and arranged by Luka Fisher and her garage band. Collaborators: Rissa Dee, Luka Fisher, Jung A. Jung, Peter Kalisch, M-Other, […]
Don’t Let Me Be Lonely is an architectural projection performance inspired by Claudia Rankine’s book of poems of the same name. The projection mapping explores loneliness as it exists at CalArts both before and during the COVID19 Crisis. Rankine defines loneliness as “What we cannot do for each other.” This performance, in the Main Gallery […]
“Created by the Healthcare by Design class of 2020 (CalArts Theater School), in partnership with Henry Mayo hospital. LIFE QUILT is a part of a larger pilot program developed for patients & families approaching end of life. Each panel is an active, creative experience, designed to reduce anxiety, connect family members in support, and build […]