Guests will have a rare opportunity to dine with three pioneers shifting the narrative surrounding mass incarceration through their unique approach to art, writing, and performance. Attendees will enjoy a festive menu from Manuela’s Chef Kris Tominaga, receive a signed copy of Dis/Reconnected published by WordsUncaged, and a one-of-a-kind artwork created by the incarcerated artists at Los Angeles County Prison Lancaster.
Tickets for this event are extremely limited and $250 per person. All proceeds will go directly towards benefiting CAP UCLA’s important programming.
Please call 310.206.7848 to reserve your spot.
About Dimitri Chamblas
Dimitri Chamblas is a dancer and choreographer. His work has been performed in venues such as Tate Modern (London), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Geffen Contemporary – Moca (Los Angeles), Paris Opera, St Mark’s church (New York), among others.
In 2014 Dimitri Chamblas is appointed artistic director at Paris Opera.
In 2017 he launches Studio Dimitri Chamblas in Paris and Los Angeles, a structure that hosts all of his projects and collaborations, including a duet with the étoile dancer Marie-Agnès Gillot, his participation in the creation of Boris Charmatz « 10 000 Gestures », a creation with architect François Perrin for the Performa Biennale in New York, or a duet with artist and musician Kim Gordon.
This same year, he becomes the new dean of dance at California Institute for the Art (CalArts).
In 2018/2019 Dimitri Chamblas creates « Slow Show » a 50 performers choreography and « Los Angeles » a solo done in collaboration with painter Claire Tabouret and dancer Spenser Therberge. They were performed in Los Angeles at Museum of contemporary art and Redcat theater, at the MAK Center for Arts and Architecture at the Schindler house and in France at Luma foundation in Arles, in Bobigny and Lafayette anticipation in Paris.
As part of the LA Phil program, Chamblas directs “Crowd out” a 1000 singers opera by David Lang in June 2019. The monumental opera took place at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
In 2019 he was made a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture.
About Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy
Bidhan is currently the faculty director of Cal State LA’s BA program at Lancaster state prison, as well as The WordsUncaged program at Lancaster State Prison, Mule Creek State Prison, and CMC Prison. These programs provide platforms for men with life sentences in California prisons to dialogue and critically engage with the world beyond the prison walls. The project offers opportunities for rethinking who incarcerated men are, exploring our common humanity, as well as imagining alternatives to the current prison industrial complex in the United States. There are a number of components of these projects, all of which offer opportunities for Cal State LA student involvement. These include: the WordsUncaged literary journal, the WordsUncaged Working Group (WWG) in Prison Pedagogy & Cultural Representation, the WordsUncaged Prison Art and Storying Exhibition held at Cal State LA in June 2017, the WordsUncaged website and social media presence, and the prison writing library archive.
About Tobias Tubbs
Tobias Tubbs is the Chief Ambassador for WordsUncaged, the Insight Gardening program, and the Catalyst Programat Lancaster State Prison. He also co-authored Human (2017), a book aiming to break the criminal stigma and dehumanization of incarcerated people. After 28 years in prison, Tubbs, sentenced to life in prison without parole, was released in October 2018 when Former Governor Jerry Brown commuted his sentence. His work with WordsUncaged continuously tackles prison prevention, reentry, and transitioning by implementing programs and art exhibitions that engage the philosophy of narrative therapy. Currently, Tubbs is the facilitator of Narrative Therapy Based Reentry Healing and Collaboration Circles that offers a communal space for people to discuss the struggles and successes of reentry.