Rachel Rosenthal Company

Rachel Rosenthal Company TOHUBOHU! Extreme Theatre was founded by Legendary Interdisciplinary artist Rachel Rosenthal, called by LA Times, "A Monument and a Marvel."

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Happy Earth Day!
04/21/2021
Gaia, Mon Amour

Happy Earth Day!

The radical earth-loving art of Rachel Rosenthal

This opens today, in-person by appointment, and in the virtual gallery.
10/24/2020

This opens today, in-person by appointment, and in the virtual gallery.

Roberts Projects is delighted to announce "Thanks: Collage Works from the 1970’s”, an exhibition of works on paper by Rachel Rosenthal (1926-2015). Organized in collaboration with the Rachel Rosenthal Estate, the exhibition features never before exhibited collage works from the 1970's documenting Rosenthal’s autobiographical reflection of a pivotal time in her early artistic development. The show takes its title after the artist’s second performance at Wilshire Plaza West, Westwood, California (1975), in which she thanked those who had actively done something important for her, with the audience participating in the familiar roles of “father,” “mother” and “friend.” The performance marked the year of her mother’s death, twenty years after her father’s. At the end of performance, each of the participants received a small box containing a unique miniature collage work from the artist.

Rosenthal’s collages are personal and familial, highlighting her investigation into the relationships between the body, spirituality, sexuality and the home as both residence and refuge. Early childhood experiences of exile and forced displacement informed much of her adult experiences and appear as overlapping themes in her work. This exhibition aims to show her collages as works in progress - that is, open to interpretation - by accentuating the expansive nature of Rosenthal’s practice. Materially influenced by the Avant-garde and 1950s Modern Art, they feature energetic and gestural lines, nontraditional materials, radical subject matter and a shift of the pictoral surface from vertical to horizontal.

Rachel Rosenthal
"Thanks: Collage Works from the 1970’s"
October 24 - December 12, 2020

For more information and to schedule a viewing please visist: robertsprojectsla.com

All of us.
06/10/2020
The Movement for Black Lives Needs You Now

All of us.

The Movement for Black Lives Fund supports Black-led rapid response efforts and long-term strategy, policy and infrastructure investments in the movement ecosystem. Your dollars will be put to work where they are needed most.

This is the end result of over a decade of work, and secures Rachel's legacy. She'd be thrilled. We'd hoped the announce...
05/14/2020
Getty Research Institute Adds Rachel Rosenthal Archive

This is the end result of over a decade of work, and secures Rachel's legacy. She'd be thrilled. We'd hoped the announcement would coincide with the re-launch of Espace Dbd as an Arts Lab and Performance space. We've been working on repairing and upgrading the building to accommodate our new programming ideas. Everything came to a standstill with Covid and the new reality (which Rachel saw coming, BTW and wrote about in Filename:FuturFax.)
I don't know what the future holds for us, but we hope to carry this vision forward.

Getty Research Institute Adds Rachel Rosenthal Archive

Arts for LA
03/27/2020

Arts for LA

Arts for LA is launching a social media campaign to highlight the impact #COVID19 has had on the arts & culture community.
Join us! Share these images, along with your stories & call on emergency funding for artists.
Don’t forget to tag your elected officials!
#CreativityInCrisis

Mayor Eric Garcetti

Paul Krekorian

Councilmember Bob Blumenfield

Councilmember David E. Ryu

Paul Koretz

Nury Martinez

Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez

Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson

District Office of Councilmember Curren D. Price Jr.

Los Angeles City Council President Emeritus Herb J. Wesson, Jr.

Councilmember Mike Bonin

Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell

Jose Huizar

Councilmember Joe Buscaino

PoP-Up Holiday Bazaar Dec. 1st & December 7 & 8 TOHUBOHU! - https://mailchi.mp/1c67af206507/pop-up-holiday-bazaar-dec-1s...
11/28/2019
PoP-Up Holiday Bazaar Dec. 1st & December 7 & 8 TOHUBOHU!

PoP-Up Holiday Bazaar Dec. 1st & December 7 & 8 TOHUBOHU! - https://mailchi.mp/1c67af206507/pop-up-holiday-bazaar-dec-1st-december-7-8-tohubohu-1512449

Holiday Bazaar by Artists and Designers Sunday December 1st / Noon to 5pm Turned off by the Corporate Black Friday Behemoth that sends bloodthirsty crowds to Big Box stores once a year? Well, we have the antidote. Join us Sunday December 1st from Noon to 5pm for a Holiday Bazaar. Shop for the holida...

PoP-Up Holiday Bazaar Dec. 1st & December 7 & 8 TOHUBOHU! - https://mailchi.mp/869e75f590d3/pop-up-holiday-bazaar-dec-1s...
11/28/2019
PoP-Up Holiday Bazaar Dec. 1st & December 7 & 8 TOHUBOHU!

PoP-Up Holiday Bazaar Dec. 1st & December 7 & 8 TOHUBOHU! - https://mailchi.mp/869e75f590d3/pop-up-holiday-bazaar-dec-1st-december-7-8-tohubohu

Holiday Bazaar by Artists and Designers Sunday December 1st / Noon to 5pm Turned off by the Corporate Black Friday Behemoth that sends bloodthirsty crowds to Big Box stores once a year? Well, we have the antidote. Join us Sunday December 1st from Noon to 5pm for a Holiday Bazaar. Shop for the holida...

TOHUBOHU! Is Back, November 2nd and 3rdSaturday at 8pm, Sunday at 7pmTOHUBOHU! is Total Free Improvisation, nothing is r...
10/24/2019

TOHUBOHU! Is Back, November 2nd and 3rd
Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 7pm

TOHUBOHU! is Total Free Improvisation, nothing is repeated or rehearsed. Come be a part of art-making in real time.

From our house to yours, we send you Holiday greetings and wishes for a joyous 2019
12/05/2018

From our house to yours, we send you Holiday greetings and wishes for a joyous 2019

Here are some images from this year’s shows and workshops. I’m grateful for our ensemble’s unwavering dedication and for...
11/17/2018

Here are some images from this year’s shows and workshops. I’m grateful for our ensemble’s unwavering dedication and for our intrepid audiences!
It’s been an uphill climb keeping the work going and the doors open, but we believe. ❤️ Resistance, Love, and Magic 2019! And as our guest designer Kirk WILSON says, “Viva la Dbd!”

Rachel Rosenthal Company's cover photo
11/17/2018

Rachel Rosenthal Company's cover photo

Please consider either a one-time, OR RECURRING, donation to Rachel Rosenthal Company.  The Rachel Rosenthal Company is ...
10/10/2018
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Please consider either a one-time, OR RECURRING, donation to Rachel Rosenthal Company. The Rachel Rosenthal Company is devoted to honoring Rachel's legacy by redefining the boundaries of theatre; to present thought-provoking experimental works encompassing the visual and performing arts, and to communicating relevant social, environmental, cultural, gender, and spiritual issues to a broad public. The Company workshops offer emerging artists, young and old, an arena in which to create, hone and present original work.

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Just a glimpse of what we’ve been up to for the past few months. Hope to see you for our May performances!
05/02/2018

Just a glimpse of what we’ve been up to for the past few months. Hope to see you for our May performances!

The DbD ExperienceFRI April 27, 7pm – 11pmSAT & SUN April 28 & 29, 10am – 10pm$350.00 ($150 Deposit)This workshop will f...
03/08/2018

The DbD Experience
FRI April 27, 7pm – 11pm
SAT & SUN April 28 & 29, 10am – 10pm
$350.00 ($150 Deposit)

This workshop will focus on basic techniques and processes as a foundation for Total Free Improvisation. "Doing by Doing" (see "The DbD Experience - Chance Knows What It's Doing" Rutledge publisher, 2010) is the underlying philosophy of the workshop, providing participants with a thorough hands-on experience covering all aspects of theatrical performance (body, voice, sound, music, movement, lights, sets and costumes), approached through exercises, processes and improvisations of solos, duets and group work. The nuts and bolts aspect of the work is technical and professional. PLEASE NOTE: A Deposit is the only way to hold your space.

Enrollment limited to 12 participants.
www.rachelrosenthal.org

The DbD Experience Weekend Intensive Returns RRCo @TOHUBOHUextreme the return of Rachel Rosenthal's legendary DbD Experi...
02/07/2018
The DbD Experience

The DbD Experience Weekend Intensive Returns RRCo @TOHUBOHUextreme the return of Rachel Rosenthal's legendary DbD Experience Weekend Intensive FRI April 27, 7pm – 11pm :: SAT & SUN April 28 & 29, 10am – 10pm

The return of Rachel Rosenthal's The DbD Experience Weekend Intensive FRI April 27 7PM - 11PM SAT & SUN April 28 & 29 10AM - 10PM

Friends and Supporters - The giving season is upon us.  When you buy through @AmazonSmile, a small percentage is donated...
11/21/2017
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Friends and Supporters - The giving season is upon us. When you buy through @AmazonSmile, a small percentage is donated to the charity of your choice. For all your holiday shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday (and throughout the year), pick Rachel Rosenthal Company (a non-profit organization) as your Amazon Smile beneficiary. It's easy to set-up and we would be forever grateful for this gift that keeps on giving.

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11/30/2016

MANY Thanks to the wonderful people who sent in donations on #givingtuesday, and to those that have supported us throughout the year. We hope to see you in our audience, workshops and classes in 2017! We are committed to practicing our ephemeral art and to embracing and supporting the dreams and visions of artists in our ever widening community. Now more than ever. Onward!

11/09/2016

Rachel would have been 90 years old today. She’s been very much in my thoughts throughout this election season. She was a refugee of WWII, a “displaced person” a naturalized American citizen, a feminist, an artist and teacher who loved this planet fiercely. I was happily imagining the thrill she would have had seeing Hillary Clinton elected, and now am grateful she is not here to witness the unthinkable outcome. Our company held workshop last night, tried to make art out of collective despair, gave up, gave in to it and went home. Rachel would not have liked that. I was not able to be the galvanizing force she would have been.
I took comfort remembering her lessons on “Power with a capital P” Earth power, the power of the cosmos, vs. “small p power” which I’ve included here.

We’ll come back together and keep the art alive.
Today we mourn.
Tomorrow we mobilize.
Love,
Kate

POWER
“The people who come to a workshop such as mine are artists, would-be artists, or artists “manqué”. Whatever the case, they are here because something in them has ventured from the beaten path and onto the pebble-strewn road. There is a fairy-tale that talks of a “hero” who goes on a quest. His first test is coming to a fork in the road. The road at right is nicely paved, smooth, and straight. The one at the left is covered with pebbles and sharp stones, up and down mountains, and curls around boulders. The hero ponders and then chooses the pebble road on the left. Things are stark and difficult, but his resolve is strong and he eventually reaches the boon and is able to vanquish all dragons and monsters in his way, grab the boon (a treasure, a magic object, a princess…) and race with it back to society. The “bad brothers” who chose the easy road on the right are lured to a tavern on the way, drink themselves into a stupor, and miss out on the adventure and the treasure. Such is the metaphor for the life of the artist. It’s the hard road, and it’s the boon, AND the return to society!
So I like to consider that all my students are artists, and that they are drawn to the hard road. They may never be rich, but the boon they bring back is of another nature entirely, and far more precious than money. I like to think of that boon as being what I call Power with a capital P, as opposed to power with a small p. The small p power is the one that has gotten a bad rep. It is ego power-over, power-against, power that uses and abuses, power that links us to the destructive aspect of Earth and Nature. Power with a capital P is the energy one gathers from the Earth itself, which empowers us to create, thereby connecting us with the creative, rather than Nature’s destructive field.
When we are able to pull that Power into ourselves, we become what we aspire to be. We are able to bring forth objects or actions that are heroic by definition, and sometimes remarkable. The true heroes of society are those who have brought forth the inventions, discoveries, new forms, beneficial human works and relationships that have advanced our lives and our ability to understand and connect with Nature as a whole. Those persons are visionaries who can tell the difference between works that are valuable to the whole Planet as well as to its human inhabitants, and those works that enrich human beings momentarily at the expense of other beings and of the Planet in its entirety. It is a very fine line and a hard realization to come by. It is so easy to feel good without thought of others, be they people or ecosystems, for instance. Or whales. Or foreign cultures. It is hard to separate our hubris from our accomplishments. It is hard to make art when wondering “What for?” “For who?” It is hard to keep going if our work is misunderstood and denigrated, as has been the case time and again with artists who were true innovators ahead of their time. These people, whose works are now so highly prized and priced, are the ones who stuck to the pebble road in spite of the blisters. They are the true heroes. That is one aspect of the pebble road. There are others. How to tell which road when a wonderful result comes from a twisted and flawed action? How to tell the difference between political compliments and sincere acclaim? How to recognize honesty or how to choose between two lesser evils?
I do believe that artists are people with a sense of responsibility, simply by the fact of having dedicated their lives to creation. That responsibility begins with ones own person. I believe that artists are conduits for the inventiveness of Nature, of the Cosmos; that artists, in a modest way, are human incarnations of the Power of the Universe. Just as athletes should feel responsible for the health and strength of their bodies as the instrument through which their talent flows, so do artists have the responsibility of keeping themselves healthy, strong and clear, in order to be able to transmit to the world the visions of their life adventure in art. Many artists don’t see it that way. They feel the sting of being disrespected and rejected by society, or accepted and adulated for all the wrong reasons, and may fall into despair. This despair brings on palliatives that are in themselves destructive and vicious. Many artists drink, take drugs, and abuse themselves and others. I feel for their pain and understand it. It is very hard being a person who brings forth something from nothing. Who among us doesn’t fear the blank page or canvas, the block? Who doesn’t fear being or becoming a sorcerer’s apprentice? Or who does fear those things but continues anyway? Simply putting out what is in us doesn’t necessarily make it good. The angel and the devil must fight it out, sometimes to exhaustive and exhausting ends. Has any non-artist ever understood the artist’s angst? The constant quest to attain a perfection that is unattainable? Such is the artist’s fate. A torture of Tantalus!
I don’t consider myself a philosopher or a seer. I am an artist who gives space and time to other artists to allow us to walk the pebble road our own way and bring back whatever boon is destined to be ours.
When I look at the faces around the circle, I see hope, fear, expectation. They hope for answers and an “Open Sesame!” to the grotto of wonders. I tell another fairy tale: the hero is a child who lives with his or her parents in a hut at the edge of the forest. Life is simple, predictable, no surprises. One day, the hero hears “the Call”. It can come in various forms: an old person, a little person, an animal, a golden ball that starts to roll… The child follows the invitation, answers the Call. It takes him or her into the rabbit hole, or deep into the scary forest, filled with dangers. But eventually the answer comes; the boon is discovered and brought back. The trick is to ANSWER THE CALL. Many of us get that Call at some time in our life, and ignore it. That is a bad mistake. I have experienced that tragic error and had to pay for it. Whatever was to be mine in understanding and accomplishment became elusive and faded away. It took me many decades of hard work to recapture it, and not in its initial clarity and thrill. Not answering the Call may also be dangerous, and engender neuroses, accidents, and defeats. The access to Earth Power is the panacea. However, it must be used judiciously. Spread it around! Be not Power-full, but Power-flowing! And don’t show off or brag! Especially not with family or friends. You are shifting levels, and metamorphosing into a new being. It is heady stuff, but very scary for those who liked you comfy and just as you were. You may have to hide your light under a bushel when you are with people who can’t follow your path. It’s the humane thing to do, unless you find yourself obliged to drop some people from your life. That may be painful but necessary. You will know when it is happening. Just pay attention, be awake and aware, and don’t succumb to pity or denial. Each of us has lessons to learn, one way or another, those who soar as well as those who drop by the wayside.”

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2847 S Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
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ESPACE DBD 2847 S. ROBERTSON BLVD. LA, CA 90034 We are the big ORANGE building between Hargis & Cattaraugus Streets and the entrance is through the alley off HARGIS. GO METRO: We are a short walk from the Expo Metro Station @Robertson & Venice Blvd. Also, both the METRO BUS 220 & BIG BLUE BUS 12 drop off a few blocks away. For bike routes, visit WWW.BIKEMETRO.COM.

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Monday 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 10am - 6pm
Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
8pm - 10pm

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chicken s**t .
wake up. Rachel is bored with her legacy. chicken s**t. jd
Dear sweet Rachel, you are missed, hope you are having a grand party where ever you are!! xo
Time to consider the Zone negatives and color for a proper book jandeen
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