CONFUSION IS SEX # 3
the third and final installment of a 3 part performance series organized by artists DINO DINCO, DAWN KASPER & OSCAR SANTOS.
I’ll be performing Dances for Ants
along with 30+ performance / dance / literary artists
40+ acres of contested land including the Los Angeles River and Sepulveda Dam
near the intersection of the 405 & 101
Saturday, 03 August 2013
Performances 2:30 PM – 6:30 PM
BYO sack lunch / picnic with the artists 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: natural amphitheater just east of Wong Cricket Fields, off Woodley Ave., north of Burbank Blvd. Maps with performance times will be available at the location.
In December 2012, the US Corps of Army Engineers decided to bulldoze more than 40 acres of dense trees and brush and bury a small pond near the Sepulveda Dam, adjacent to where the 405 and 101 freeways intersect. They didn’t tell anyone they were going to clear-cut an area that’s been home to countless animal, bird and plant species for decades.
Environmentalists, bird enthusiasts and nature lovers were devastated and outraged, and along with CA Senators Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) and Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), they’re demanding a full investigation. The US Army Corps later responded that bulldozing the area was a solution to eradicate men looking for and having sex deep in the brush, as well as the occasional homeless encampment – what they’re calling a threat to security and public safety. “It sounds kind of strange,” said West Valley Division Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Anne-Marie Fuller to the LA Weekly. Fuller has overseen vice patrols in Sepulveda Basin in Encino for the last year and added that “she’d ‘never heard anything’ about a mounting threat to public safety.”
Senator de León, the LA Weekly, wildlife lovers and others suggest that this claim is, in part, motivated by anti-gay scapegoating.
As a response, a spectrum of artists will perform within the grounds of this contested territory.
Participating artists include:
Cathy Cooper & Kristen Leahy
Ian MacKinnon & Rich Yap
Stephen Van Dyke
Warriors: Dressed in Queer,Cloaked in Now
Army Corps’ Eco-Disaster in Valley
Sepulveda Basin Devastation