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… at the Load of Fun Theatre (LOF/t)

Baltimore’s newest performance series continues for a second season
of presenting solo works by groundbreaking female artists.

August 25, 2009 – Baltimore, Maryland – The Los Solos Series, launched in 2008/2009 and now in its second season, is an innovative monthly series of solo performances by groundbreaking female artists. The new season showcases the following artists: Stephanie Barber, Melisa Putz, Lauren Bender, Trisha Baga, Merrill Feitell, Maria Chavez, Child Bride, C. Ryder Cooley, Atako Kataoka, Asimina Chremos, Jenny Gräf, and Samita Sinha.

Each night of the series, featuring one local and one national artist, presents solo performance work of dancers, musicians, writers, filmmakers, conceptual artists, theatrical performers, performance artists, and curators. The series is curated and organized by Baltimore-based artists, Bonnie Jones and Jackie Milad.

Melisa Putz

The series takes place on the first Friday of each month from September 2009 – March 2010 (no show in January). All events will take place at the Load of Fun Theater, LOF/t at 120 W. North Ave. Doors open at 8:00pm and shows start at 8:30pm. Admission is $6 at the door. LOF/T is a new venue established in 2008 to present new works in theatre, performance art, poetry, music and other harder-to-define forms of performance. The theater is housed in the Load of Fun building a hive of artist studies, grassroots theaters, and visual art galleries.

The opening night of the series on Friday, September 4th, 2009 will include the Baltimore premiere of filmmaker, writer, and performer Stephanie Barber’s hour-long video/performance piece in the jungle and a performance from dancer/choreographer Melisa Putz from Philadelphia.

Stephanie Barber

STEPHANIE BARBER (BALTIMORE) Los Solos will be presenting the Baltimore premiere of Barber’s new performance piece in the jungle which premiered in May 2009 at The Stone in NYC. Stephanie Barber is a multimedia artist who creates meticulously crafted, odd and imaginative writing, films and videos as well as performance pieces which incorporate music, literature and video. Barber has shown her work nationally and internationally at MoMA, NY, Anthology Film Archives, Yerba Buena Center, The New York Film Festival, Film Festival Rotterdam, The Cinematheque Francaise, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Proekt Fabrika and the State Contemporary Art Centre (both in Moscow), among others. Her performances have been featured at the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Milwaukee Museum of Art, The Haggerty Museum of Art and galleries and artspaces around the world.

MELISA PUTZ (PHILADELPHIA) Melisa Putz is a dancer, choreographer and educator based in Philadelphia, PA. She is co-founder and artistic director of PIMA Group, a music and dance performance company founded in 2001. She received her dance training through the Professional Training Program at the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio in New York City and received a full dance scholarship to attend the Strictly Seattle Dance Intensive in Seattle, WA. Melisa has studied with Lisa Kraus, former dancer with the Trisha Brown Dance Company, and performed in her work entitled The Partita Project. Melisa also studied with choreographers Anouk Van Dijk (Amsterdam) and Jeanine Durning (NYC) through Professional Development Grants from Dance Advance. Melisa has been awarded a Leeway Foundation Grant Award (2002), a Rocky Dance Award (2002), and selection for the Susan Hess Choreographer’s Project (2004-2005). She has been Dance Artist-In-Residence at the Community Education Center in Philadelphia during the 2006-2007 performance season.

WEBSITE: For full schedule and bios of all artists go to: http://www.baltimoreperformance.com/lossolos/

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