Fulcrum Arts/homeLA

Fund: $45,000

Fulcrum Arts and homeLA will present homeLA at the Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena with artists Julie Tolentino and Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener in site-sensitive performances and installations. The Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church is a forward-thinking spiritual community in Pasadena, established in 1885. Their home, The Cole House (a craftsman designed by American Arts and Crafts architects Greene and Greene), is sited on a sprawling campus behind a 100-year-old Redwood grove, and will become a scene of artistic inquiry for a roaming audience. Over seven months, Tolentino, Mitchell, and Riener will explore, collaborate, and produce work in response to notions of home as a long-standing progressive spiritual community through an interdisciplinary performance event. Tolentino will engage the spiritual community during their reparation proceedings and collaborate with artists and laypeople to create live performances, sensorial mixed-media installations, video, and choreography to expose the precarious positioning of identity, subjectivity, senescence, memory, and emotion. Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener will explore the Church’s archive, Pasadena’s history, and engage the spiritual community’s collective memory to develop choreography for live performances, scores, and an audience-participatory activity that investigates ritual and how space is inhabited. The project will serve an audience of 400 viewers over two evening events.