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ODC Theater presents Rosanna Gamson/World Wide's Layla Means Night
October 30 - November 03

ODC Theater presents Rosanna Gamson/World Wide's Layla Means Night
with poet/performer Niloufar Talebi and original score by Houman Pourmehdi and Pirayeh Pourafar

Wednesday, October 30 at 7pm & 9pm - both shows SOLD OUT
Thursday, October 31 at 7pm & 9pm -  7pm show SOLD OUT
Friday, November 1 at 7pm & 9pm - both shows SOLD OUT
Saturday, November 2 at 7pm & 9pm - both shows SOLD OUT
Sunday, November 3 at 7pm  - SOLD OUT

$35 Early Bird (purchase by October 1st)
$45 Advance (after October 1st)
$50 at the Door

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You are highly encouraged to arrive 20-30 minutes prior to show time, to wear comfortable shoes, and to dress up in the production’s color scheme – red, orange, black or white.

Due to the nature of the show, it is not possible to incorporate late arrivals and we will do our best to exchange your ticket for a future performance, based on availability.

Inspired by 1,001 Arabian Nights, this dazzling dance theater work will transform the entire ODC Theater building for an unforgettable evening that will engage and delight all your senses. Curtains, veils, shadows and magnificent performances invite you to be charmed, delighted, and provoked. Partake in scintillating epicurean bites and tastes along your journey as perceptions shift and unfold while contemporary and traditional influences collide. The performance will include live accompaniment by master Persian musicians Houman Pourmehdi, Pirayeh Pourafar, and vocalist Alireza Shahmohammadi, in addition to local artistic collaborators Farima Berenji, Shahrzad Khorsandi, and the ODC Dance Jam.


About the Artist
Rosanna Gamson was born in Manhattan and lived as a child in Rome, Italy and the suburbs of New York City. Her father, Arnold Gamson, was an opera conductor; her mother, Annabelle Gamson, a dancer and choreographer, is most known for her virtuoso performance of the early moderns, notably Isadora Duncan. Gamson earned BFA and MFA degrees in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. After graduating in 1988, she participated in American Dance Festival’s Young Choreographers Exchange Project in France as a guest of the French Ministry of Culture.

Gamson studied composition with Hanya Holm and Bessie Shönberg, later a mentor, and writing with poets Stanley Kunitz, Charles Simic and Louise Glück. She performed nationally and internationally with Andy DeGroat & Dancers, in dances by Yvonne Rainer, with a variety of choreographers in New York City, and workshop productions of Robert Wilson.

"Whether retelling myths of being carried off or tales of contemporary transportings played out on the L.A. landscape, Gamson has the charm of the campfire storyteller or tribal griot, interweaving circuitous tales with movement, music, words and stagecraft. ...this choreographic provocoteur and her superb collaborators should not be missed."
-- Ann Haskins, LA Weekly

A native New Yorker, Rosanna Gamson moved to Los Angeles in 1997, founding Rosanna Gamson/World Wide. As Artistic Director, Gamson creates evening-length dance theater works which have included bi-national projects with Mexico City's Contradanza, and with CHOREA Theatre Association in Poland. Her last work, TOV, was an NPN Commissioning project in partnership with REDCAT and the Myrna Loy Center for the Performing and Media Arts in Montana, also supported by the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

ROSANNA GAMSON/WORLD WIDE (RGWW) has toured in North America since 2000, presented and commissioned by museums, theaters, festivals and alternative performance spaces including the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater (REDCAT), the Luckman Theater, the Skirball Cultural Center, and Grand Performances in Los Angeles; Teatro Raul Flores Canelo de CENART, and UNAM, in Mexico City; and the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto; and PICA's TBA Festival; the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, and the XXth International Hispanic Theater Festival in Miami nationally, among many others. Our most recent project was commissioned by REDCAT and the Myrna Loy Center through the National Performance Network, with additional performances at the Straz Center in Tampa, and last year at the RETRO/ PER/ SPECTIVES International Theater Festival in Lodz, Poland. RGWW is the recipient of six Lester Horton Dance Awards, including a Special Dance Innovator Award to Gamson for her body of work. RGWW's touring and travel support includes awards from the National Dance Project, LA Dept. of Cultural Affairs' Cultural Exchange International, Contacto Cultural, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Niloufar Talebi is a writer/librettist, award-winning translator, and theater artist. She is the editor/translator of BELONGING: New Poetry by Iranians Around the World (2008); creator/performer of theater and video works, Four Springs (2004), MidnightApproaches (2006), ICAURS/RISE (2007), The Persian Rite of Spring (2010). She is the author of Atash Sorushan (Fire Angels) (2011), a libretto for the 10th anniv. of 9/11 commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Cal Performances, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Her requiem libretto, Epiphany (2015) will premiere by the Young People's Chorus of NYC. She is currently writing and will narrate Elegies of the Earth (2014), an opera for VIA's FERUS Festival at the Stone Residency in NYC. She has collaborated on and performed several performance art works. The NY Times calls her work, ‘Elegant.’ SF poet laureate, Jack Hirschman said, 'A cultural worker of the highest order, Niloufar does the bravest work, transforming not only the society from which she comes, but help change the society in which she lives.'

Houman Pourmehdi has performed live, on radio and on television throughout Europe, North America, Asia, and North Africa. His knowledge of traditional repertoire and intimacy with Sufi world serve a very personal style of interpretation and composition. He is the recipient of the C.O.L.A. 2008, L.A. Treasures Award 2004 and 2008, and ACTA the Folk and Traditional Arts Mentorship Initiative 2004 and 2006.

Pirayeh Pourafar studied at the Royal National Music Conservatory of Teheran and performed with Iran's most prestigious artists at the Center of Preservation and Propagation of Traditional Persian Music. Headlining on major festivals throughout the world, Pourafar is the recipient of the Durfee Master Musician Fellowship. One of the first women to play traditional Persian music outside Iran, she paved the way others to follow. Pourmehdi and Pourafar have scored documentary and narrative films, and with Lian Ensemble, the live score for UCLA Live's Medea, with Annette Bening.

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