Eliza Ladd and New College Students:
Selfie of the Ancients

Eliza Ladd

Eliza Ladd

photo credit: Enrico Spada

Concerts: Friday, February 12, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, February 13, 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, February 14, 4:00 p.m.; Black Box Theater
($15, free with subscription)
Pre-concert talk: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Sunday

Artist Conversation: Thursday, February 11, 5:00 p.m., Black Box Theater (free)

Eliza Ladd is a performer, stage writer, director, choreographer, composer, and teacher from New York City. In addition to extensive training in Clown, Improvisation, Primitive Voice, Shakespeare, and Zen Buddhist Practice and as a percussionist, singer, and actor, Ladd holds a BA in Comparative Religion from Harvard University and an MFA in Theater: Contemporary Performance from Naropa University. She has created and performed original multi-disciplinary work in NYC at PS 122, Dixon Place, Dia Downtown, Joyce Soho, Movement Research, Theatre Row, the Knitting Factory, and the T. Schreiber Studio. She has acted at La Mama, New York Theater Workshop, The Connelly, St. Ann’s Warehouse, and with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA. Ladd is the recipient of a 1998 Franklin Furnace Emerging Artist Award for her original performance work, a Puffin Foundation Grant in support of her Live Sound Action theater training, and the Audience Encore Award at the 2007 Boulder International Fringe Festival for her ensemble musical play, Elephants and Gold.

Eliza Ladd

photo credit: Alex Miles Younger

Professor of Movement for the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, Eliza Ladd has enriched the contemporary arts scene through her collaborations with Fuzión Dance Artists and performances for the Sarasota Solo Play Festival.

In her first collaboration with NMNC, Ladd offers Selfie of the Ancients, a work that is once visual, aural and physical. The performance—combining the sounds of objects and human movement with layers of primitive voice and song—reflects our primordial musicality. Fundamentally concerned with the act of making sound, the relationship between sound and movement, and the ways in which sound articulates visible and invisible space, Ladd composes music rooted in the forms of sculpture and percussion. In January and February, Ladd will work with New College students to create a score of “Live Sound Action” (her theatrical approach to composition and performance). Selfie of the Ancients will be the result of this score, combined with her own performance of primitive voice and song.

Video of excerpts of some of Ladd's pieces

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