Please support Jay Carlon in realizing his vision to tour his autobiographical dance theatre work, FLEX
Originally developed and produced by L.A. Dance Project for the MAKING:LA Residency in 2018, Carlon takes inspiration from his upbringing—growing up the youngest of 12 to a Filipino Catholic, migrant-working family and wrestling competitively—to create an evening-length work focusing on colonization, obedience, resistance, and solidarity. Carlon and his collaborators will continue to refine and mature FLEX in the Fall during a production residency at Oxy Arts (Occidental College), performing the work in October 2019; and then will be presented on tour for the first time at the Spanos Theatre, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in November.
This project marks the beginning of an incredibly personal journey for Jay Carlon- an opportunity to explore the history of his family and culture through dance. As the youngest child to a migrant-working,Catholic, Filipino family, his story helps illuminate the complex and often erased history of many Filipino-Americans. The original production features a large cast and is highly theatrical, offering the audience an invitation to travel back in time and question what is a memory and what is fantasy.
As his research continues, Jay has adapted FLEX to shift in response to new communities and spaces outside of the theater. Partnering with universities and local organizations, FLEX is accompanied by workshops and classes that allow participants to engage more deeply with the themes of colonization, obedience, resistance, and solidarity.
Collaborators for this project include:
David Castillo (LA Phil and The Industry Opera)
Alex Wand (Grammy Award-winning composer)
Ching Ching Wong (Princess Grace Award-winner and Dance Magazine’s Top 25 to watch)
And a cast of 10 Los Angeles-based dancers.