The Eight-Hour Performance

The poles have to keep touching at this LACMA to-do.

Brody Condon

It might bring to mind a grand and complicated game of Pick-Up Stix, or perhaps the last truly imaginative and big-thinking performance art piece you saw. Maybe even a curious and lovely combination of the two.

But the alfresco performance set to go down at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Thursday, April 28 will definitely be one thing: eight hours long. Performers wielding 12-foot poles will move and creep and undulate, all while keeping their poles in contact with other poles. In fact, one of the day's main musts is that the poles have to remain in constant contact. For eight hours. Pause, for one moment, and think that over.

There are two other rules that also intrigue: non-participants are to be not noticed (that means us viewers), and movement should be syrupy and fluid. Somehow, these rules seem like they could occasionally be helpful in real life. Food for thought.

"Line-Up (After Trisha)" is a presentation from Brody Condon -- you've seen his video work, if you've been to LACMA's fresh Stark Bar -- and choreographer Trisha Brown inspired it. And the flowy gowns? Rodarte.

The time is noon, it'll last through 8 p.m., and everything'll be flowing near the Chris Burden lamps.

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