A confluence of consummate expertise! A medley of mediums! A slew of debuts! Shattering monuments and orchestral swells; the bounce and bend of dancing bodies—Rules Of The Game, a collaborative multi-disciplinary production for the stage, offers it all.
The product of an ongoing creative partnership between three luminaries from three disparate fields, Rules Of The Game combines Daniel Arsham’s aesthetic of future relics, Jonah Bokaer’s playfully innovative choreography, and original music by Pharrell Williams into a powerful cohesive experience. Arriving in Los Angeles on February 10th, the show marks a number of firsts, including Pharrell’s debut in composition for the stage and Bokaer and Arsham’s first appearance in L.A. as a team. Taking inspiration from Luigi Pirandello’s absurdist play of the same name, Rules of the Game collides unexpected elements to produce what Williams calls “a new medium”.
As if all that wasn’t enough, the National YoungArts Foundation is presenting a prelude to the main event as part of their ongoing “Salon” series. The Salon will feature a conversation between Arsham and Bokaer exploring the artists’ partnership and their efforts to break down the boundaries between performance art, visual art, and music.
Art, dance, music, discussion—where else will you be able to sample such a smorgasbord of mediums and modes? And with sponsors like Champagne Thiénot, Mast Brothers chocolate, Cadillac, and Whitewall Magazine, there will likely be some gustatory and literary stimulation as well.
Catch the pre-performance conversation for YoungArts Salon on Wednesday, February 8 at UCLA’s Decafe, followed by the premiere of Rules of the Game at UCLA’s Royce Hall on February 10th.
Written by Sid Feddema