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Antics to present Illuminated Manuscript

by Lucy Pollak
May 17, 2013
Ford Amphitheatre
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Hyperkinetic hip-hop dance meets classical epic poetry when Antics opens the summer season at the Ford with a hip-hop dance theater interpretation of the ancient Mesopotamian poem "The Epic Of Gilgamesh."

What if dance were like handwriting, with bodies tracing words in space and movement revealing profound truths? Through the art of street dance and multimedia theater performance, Antics blurs the lines between the past and present with their vibrant interpretation of the world's first narrative. Ten dancers portray key characters from the ancient Mesopotamian poem, bringing the tale of King Gilgamesh, who seeks to have power over all — his people, the gods, even death itself — alive on stage against an exciting backdrop of graffiti-inspired visuals and animation, and to the dynamic beat of an original soundscore.

"'Giglamesh' is one of the oldest stories in existence yet it resonates with our journey in hip-hop culture," says artistic director Amy "Catfox" Campion.
"Like King Gilgamesh, a street dancer's goal is to make a name for himself, to create an identity. In the end, the high walls that Gilgamesh built were his legacy. Walls are also the legacy of graffiti artists."

Illuminated Manuscript takes place on Friday, June 7. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the show starts at 8:30 pm. General admission is $30; full-time students with ID pay only $15, and children ages 12 and under are $12. VIP tickets, which include preferred seating, a gift bag and a meet and greet with the performers, are available for $75. Purchase tickets on or before May 31 and save $5. Tickets are available at www.FordTheatres.org or 323 461-3673 (323 GO 1-FORD). To learn about discounts for groups of 8 or more, please call 323 769-2147.
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