Nickels Sunshine / Johanna Hedva: She Work Gala
Saturday May 16, 8pm.
On May 9, 1982, Nickels Sunshine was born with her Moon in Sagittarius.
On May 5, 1984, Johanna Hedva was born with her Ascendant in Sagittarius.
In 2014, they began work on a new play—adapted from the Ancient Greek tragedy Medea, written and directed by Hedva, with Sunshine in the lead role—that reckons with “female” rage.
On July 3, 2015, She Work will premiere at PURE O in Los Angeles.
On May 16, 2015, at Pieter, the pair will celebrate their Taurus birthdays, She Work’s premiere, and a year of momentous transformations for the both of them. They’d love it if you came and joined the party.
The evening will shimmer with:
live music interludes by Julius Smack and Ezra Buchla
performances by Henry Hoke, Chelsea Rector, Best Friends Learning Gang, Elizabeth Sonenberg, and more
face painting by Alex Chaves
tarot readings and reiki by Abhayada of The Healing Woods
….and other magics to be announced.
Please bring cash for the bar and the plethora of magical services! All donations from the evening will go toward the production costs of She Work. If you only have plastic, or can’t make it in person, you can donate here.
On her mother’s side, Johanna Hedva (Yo-HA-nuh HEAD-vah) is a fourth-generation Los Angeleno; on her father’s side, she recently learned that it was North Korea (not South) that her grandmother escaped from in her childhood. Hedva’s art practice is a writing practice that takes the form of performance, poetry, books, theory, texts, novels, myths, and plays, either on paper, as visual objects, or/and in space and time. Her work has been performed at the Hammer Museum, Southern Exposure, Machine Project, High Desert Test Sites, PAM, PERFORM! Now, and in The Getty’s Pacific Standard Time, among others. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in PANK, Circle, 3AM, Baumtest Quarterly, Two Serious Ladies, and in the Ten Readers series, of which she is a co-founder. She’s the author of a novel, The Crow and The Queen, published in limited-edition handmade hardcovers in 2013; Incunabula, a collection of 103 fables, with each fable published in its own handwritten, hand-sewn book in 2012; and, most recently, The Greek Cycle, a collection of four plays that rethink some Ancient Greek texts through feminist and queer theory.
Nickels Sunshine’s body-based art practice is set within both traditional theatrical and contemporary visual art contexts, and has been presented by venues including: REDCAT, the Hammer Museum, Highways, Pieter, Honor Fraser Gallery, Human Resources, Machine Project, SOMArts, Dance Theatre Workshop, and Movement Research at the Judson Church. Formerly known as Nick Duran, Sunshine has collaborated with many artists, including: Jmy James Kidd, Rafa Esparza, Julie Tolentino, and Gerard & Kelly; as well as danced with choreographers in NYC, including: Brian Brooks, Dušan Týnek, Fiona Marcotty Dolenga, Mark Morris, and Neil Greenberg. Sunshine is a lecturer at UCLA and Loyola Marymount University.
Donations to FREE BAR and FREE BOUTIQUE are still gratefully accepted to Pieter on show night. Suggested items include wine and beer to share, pizza, twinkle lights, favorite old books, oversized sweaters.
please park on the street.