April 22: BAGGAGE, A New Dance Film by Jay Carlon with Musician Alex Wand
BAGGAGE celebrates origin stories and embodies the many histories of arrivals and departures at the station and in our lives. A personal family narrative is unpacked through music, dance, and memory inside the Union Station Ticketing Hall.
Jay Carlon is a site-sensitive choreographer and community organizer based in Los Angeles. Born and raised on California’s Central Coast, Carlon’s work is inspired by growing up the youngest of 12 in a Filipino, Catholic, and agricultural migrant-working family. In 2016, he formed CARLON, a performance group that explores the ways in which art and sustainability intersect, and amplifies our personal and collective journeys toward decolonization. Jay’s work has been presented throughout the US and internationally, and he was named Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch. Jay has performed and choreographed works with the Metropolitan Opera, Palissimo, Oguri, No)one. Art House, Annie-B Parson, Solange Knowles, Kanye West, Gerard & Kelly, and at the 2014 Olympics and the 2018 Super Bowl.
Alex Wand is a Grammy Award-winning musician and composer who performs as a solo artist and in bands Desert Magic and the Partch Ensemble. His compositions combine interests in alternate tunings, poetry, field recording, ecology, futurism, social practice art, and folk music. In 2014, he founded a music creation website entitled Song A Day For A Month where composers and songwriters have submitted over 13,000 original pieces. He has worked extensively with choreographer Jay Carlon on ways of sonifying dance movement, including a collaboration for REDCAT’s NOW Festival in 2018. In the fall of 2018, Alex completed a 2,300 mile bicycle ride that followed migratory paths of the monarch butterfly from Los Angeles to Michoacan, Mexico. Alex released a documentary film and an album inspired by the trip that contain ecological discoveries, bike adventure tales, field recordings, and original music, and that investigates non-anthropocentric outlooks on ecology. He studied composition at the University of Michigan and at CalArts with composers Bright Sheng, Michael Fink, Ulrich Krieger, and Wolfgang von Schweinitz and is currently pursuing doctoral studies in music composition at UC Santa Cruz.