Grotesqueries courtesy of Spanish performance artist Marta Carrasco

Dance · Theater
photo: david ruano

An intriguing woman artist from Spain is being presented in multiple performances by the Latino Theater Company at the L.A. Theater Center downtown. It’s the dancer, choreographer and performance artist Marta Carrasco, in a show with an equally intriguing title, Perra de Nadie (“Nobody’s Bitch”). Well, that’s a nice girly name.

[We last saw her perform in Los Angeles at REDCAT in 2015.]

The non-verbal movement-theater piece portends to tap an underworld of vulnerability, madness, tenderness and fragility. I can tick all those boxes.

photo: david ruan

Influenced by Mary Wigman, Martha Graham, and Pina Bausch, Marta Carrasco’s highly original creations, are characterized by an expressionist and grotesque aesthetic. She portends in her 60-minute pageant to illuminate the darkness and imperfection of humanity — even its grotesqueness. Those themes seem to be a fitting subject as the black box that was the Trump White House is being exposed at its criminal core, a bit late for our democracy, unfortunately. It is grotesque to see the chastened bureaucrats testify under subpoenas. It is grotesque to see Donald Trump brazenly lie, con, provoke and rabble rouse. Can a performance top that? Let’s see if Nobody’s Bitch can.

There are ten shows, just like in the olden days, so buzz can build. We are attending, buzz-free.

Wednesdays at 8 p.m.: June 15 and June 22
Thursdays at 8 p.m.: June 16 and June 23
Fridays at 8 p.m.: June 17 and June 24
Saturdays at 8 p.m.: June 18 and June 25
Sundays at 4 p.m.: June 19 and June 26

Marta Carrasco | Perra de Nadie (“Nobody’s Bitch”) | Los Angeles Theatre Center | June 15 – 26

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