Architecture Meets Art: HomeLA Engages Architecture and Dance

HomeLA stages dance performances in architecturally significant residences around Los Angeles. A Fung + Blatts house played host to the first. The next performances are scheduled for this weekend. Image courtesy HomeLA/Rebecca Bruno.This Saturday, HomeLA brings architecture and dance together in Los Angeles in a series of performances organized by Rebecca Bruno in partnership with the Dance Resource Center. Audience members of will have a unique (and nearly unprecedented opportunity) to engage with independent dance artists in a Pacific Palisades house.

The idea of performances in private homes comes naturally to Bruno, whose father hosted semi-regular jazz concerts in the family home during her childhood in Santa Barbara. “My father designed our homes so the living rooms would be big enough to accommodate the performances,” says Bruno. “I was influenced by seeing them and all the people from my parents’ lives coming together. It has remained with me as a special experience.” 

Bruno’s dance background led her to begin a performance series of her own in her San Diego home. Now, as a Los Angeles resident, she’s bringing performances to residences around the city, driven by a desire to expand the spaces for dance and to capitalize on the uniquely LA tendency of people to “retreat and surrender to their homes,” she says.

For the first event, she sent out a call for spaces. The first response came from Chloë Flores and Tim Lefevre, whose Fung + Blatts–designed house in the city’s Mt. Washington neighborhood proved to be perfect backdrop for the inaugural event, with its clean, modern spaes.

This weekend’s performances will take place in a house that’s “a big departure and spoke to me as a nice counterpoint,” says Bruno. “It was built in the 1940s; the owners are an interior designer and cinematographer. There’s just a huge attention to detail—everything is arranged with such precision. It’s a departure from the blank slate of the first house.”

Future events are planned, including a sunrise performance at a place in Highland Park in November. The slate of dancers promises to be different. As Bruno puts it, “My intention is that it doesn’t become a repertory company but an event that serves as a network for dance artists to share ideas and to come together and work in a site sensitive way. The idea is to expand the artists’ networks.” 

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