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A live music dance piece that portrays the security alarm as an acoustic, physical and political event.

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Posted on November 6, 2018 by PHYSICAL PLASTIC

Performer Lizi Watt and sculpture by Dasha Sur in our most recent installment of ALARM at Blue Roof Studios (Captured by Brian Hashimoto – Hashimoto Photography).

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Posted on October 16, 2018 by PHYSICAL PLASTIC

Saturday, October 20 | 7 – 11 PM
Performances begin at 7:30 PM

Blue Roof Studios
7329 S. Broadway Ave.
Los Angeles, CA, 90003


PHYSICAL PLASTIC, Julie Weitz, Paul Pescador, and Maceo Paisley


WILD ART PARTY is a series of rambunctious performance events aimed at providing a safe and supportive arena for diverse artists to show new performance work while growing and strengthening the Los Angeles experimental performance audience. It is laboratory for artists to exhibit their practice outside of more traditional arenas or institutional programs, to experiment, or show works in progress. These one night events are free and open to the public with several presentations of new work in a party atmosphere. The audience is encouraged to dance, encounter new and surprising experiences, and explore new connections to the greater community of performative work in Los Angeles.

LAND will co-present this year’s Wild Art Party with Wild Art Group at Blue Roof Studios as part of LAND’s Frame Rate series, on-going programming with an eye toward film, video, and the moving image in general.



Posted on December 17, 2017 by PHYSICAL PLASTIC

14 days and $4,672 to go! To support ALARM’s artists and the continuation of this work, please visit:





Posted on December 6, 2017 by PHYSICAL PLASTIC

On December 10 and 11, we will perform the prologue of ALARM at Disney’s REDCAT Theater in downtown Los Angeles. We are excited to share publicly, for the first time, our unique approach to sound, movement and theater, and to take a vital step towards Alarm’s full-length premiere in 2018.

To continue this work, we must raise a minimum of $5,672 by December 31, 2017.


Donations will go directly towards: modest honorariums for the artists who have generously given so many hours of hard work ($6,120); travel to Los Angeles for our long-distance collaborators ($367); rehearsal rentals ($1,677); studio recording fees ($150); and design materials ($958). With this support, we can look to full funding and presentation of the full-length premiere in 2018. Any donations beyond our minimum goal will set us on that road, helping secure rehearsal space for the spring and allowing us to begin working with a professional vocal ensemble who will perform Christofides’ compositions from the orchestra pit.

Thank you to all our supporters!



Posted on November 25, 2017 by PHYSICAL PLASTIC

Pictured, our cast at the Fall 2017 REDCAT Studio curatorial showings. Pleased to announce that the first 15 minutes of ALARM will be presented as part of REDCAT’s Fall Studio of new work on December 10 & 11 in downtown Los Angeles.


Posted on July 16, 2017 by PHYSICAL PLASTIC

Excerpt of composition created while in residency at The Watermill Center using recordings of the voices of Kestrel Leah and Nathan Nonhof.


Posted on July 10, 2017 by PHYSICAL PLASTIC

As Watermill Center Artists in Residence, we got to devise highly interdisciplinary educational workshops as imagined by visual artist Dasha Sur. Children between ages 10 and 12 were led by us through improvisations in movement, large-scale drawing and vocalizing, allowing them to create and identify patterns through bodies, images and sound.


Posted on July 10, 2017 by PHYSICAL PLASTIC

Our March residency at The Watermill Center allowed choreographer Brigette Dunn-Korpela to share her expertise in Horton Technique.


Alarm is a devised music theater work portraying the security alarm as a socially and politically charged event. The project is led by director Kestrel Leah and composer Yiannis Christofides—aka PHYSICAL PLASTIC—in collaboration with choreographer Brigette Dunn-Korpela and visual artist Dasha Sur. The work is vignette-based, with short installments being developed over the course of a several-year span that will culminate in a full-length presentation. Initial development took place in residency at The Watermill Center during Spring 2017, and two vignettes have since been presented as works-in-progress by REDCAT in Downtown Los Angeles, and public art organization Los Angeles Nomadic Division at Blue Roof Studios in South LA.


We conceived Alarm while living in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, where nightly we experienced a security alarm from a nearby building. Its violent disruption inspired our initial exploration of the sonic character of alarms and the physical response they create. Since, the project has become for us a questioning of boundaries, ownership and power as observed both locally and in the geopolitical scene—Alarm performs ideas of need, limit and transgression in the context of capitalist society, with its crises of inequality. The alarm, as a public performance of danger, sets an example for the violating body and its desire to disrupt and renegotiate the limits of its existence. Once it sounds, the divisions between self and other, between public and private, previously hidden in the background, are revealed, as are the networks and infrastructures protecting those boundaries. Amidst the city’s viscera concealing systems of protection, fear and power in infinite webs of wires and cables, Alarm implicates us in questions of difference, desire, and law. An alarm in and of itself, this project attempts to examine the right to own land, while voicing our unease at witnessing the rapid gentrification of a struggling neighborhood, and contemplates freedom of movement in the face of migration and rising nationalist tendencies.


The work layers contemporary choreography with sound, vocals, and sculpture. Original electroacoustic music combines live vocals, and the use of extended vocal techniques, with pre-recorded sounds and instrumentation. Christofides’ composition is staged with the choreographed vocal ensemble portraying trespasser, bystander, and the alarm—or recalling the mythological sirens who tempt transgression. Thematic and symbolic elements weave together between the chapters playfully and provocatively. Our multiracial cast shifts within the prototypical power structures and hierarchies we are playing with in roles that are kept unfixed, allowing us to zoom out from the personal and local story to the global story, while avoiding reinforcing stereotypes.


Our collaborators also include: Katelan Braymer, lighting designer; David Moyer, costume designer; Hsien-Kuang Hsieh, video designer; and Martin Gimenez, technical consultant.

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Initial research and exploration conducted in residence at Paloma St, downtown Los Angeles, in April 2016. Alarm is a music theatre piece for 13 actor-vocalists that portrays the security alarm as an acoustic, physical and political event. This live work for the stage is lead by performer-director Kestrel Leah and composer Yiannis Christofides—in collaboration with choreographer Brigette Dunn-Korpela and visual artist Dasha Sur.

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Site-specific sound piece created for Odas, the main reception room of the house of the dragoman Hadjigeorgakis Kornesios (1750-1809) in Nicosia. The piece was included in the exhibition [At Maroudia’s] curated by Re Aphrodite (Evi Tselika and Chrystalleni Loizidou), running at the Nicosia Ethnological Museum (July-December 2012), as part of the contemporary art program TERRA MEDITERRANEA / IN CRISIS, organized by the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre and the Pierides Foundation under the auspices of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU.

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ECHO is an interdisciplinary dance performance directed and choreographed by Brigette Dunn-Korpela that examines race, masked identity and systematic erasure of black narratives. The play explores the displacement of tens of millions of African bodies during the Transatlantic Slave Trade and viscerally expresses embodied memories of hundreds of years of forced migration from the 15th to the 19th century. The Middle Passage and the modern commodification of the black body still reside within African bodies from centuries past to the present.

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Los Angeles, California

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December 10, 2017 | Los Angeles, CA
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PHYSICAL PLASTIC theatre project is a collaboration between composer Yiannis Christofides and theatre artist Kestrel Leah. Theater is a PHYSICAL domain. We acknowledge the performer as a self-generating artist who draws upon the creativity of the body-mind, revealing new relations of sound and gesture. Theatre is a PLASTIC art. Our alliance is founded upon the…

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