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The Sleeping Poet and the Jongleuse
A performance and a Dinner
Sep 14, 2016

Two nights only: Wednesday, September 14 and Thursday, September 15, 2016

Offsite location:


1911 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

8pm seating for dinner and show

All tickets include dinner, drink, and performance

Tickets are SOLD OUT. 

Please contact Kendall Krummenacher at Kendall@laxart.org in case some tickets do become available.

Riff Raff Tickets: include four-course dinner, glass of wine, and the show

Establishment Tickets: In addition to a four-course dinner, wine, choice seating, Establishment patrons also receive a copy of SUR, the new monograph on Lutker’s work published by LAXART (valued at $25). $45 of the Establishment ticket price is tax-deductible and goes directly to support this program. (Please mention what day you'd like to attend in the 'special instructions to recipient' field)

The Sleeping Poet and the Jongleuse is a new cabaret-style performance by artist Shana Lutker. With an eclectic cast including knife jugglers and strongmen, live music, and swinging chandeliers, the show tells the story of a fistfight that took place on July 2, 1925 at a Paris banquet. This performance is part of Lutker’s ongoing body of work on the history of the fistfights of the Surrealists. At the French restaurant TAIX, an LA-fixture since 1927, the audience will enjoy a four-course meal, playfully mirroring the banquet for Symbolist poet Saint-Pol-Roux that was the setting of the contentious 1925 brawl spurred on by the young Surrealists. 

The Sleeping Poet and the Jongleuse is a commissioned performance that is part of LAXART’s Occasional platform and is Lutker’s first performance in Los Angeles. Other performances include The Average Mysterious and the Shirt Off Its Back, part of Chapter 3, commissioned by Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and performed at PAMM in May 2015 and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC, as part of Lutker’s solo exhibition Le “NEW” Monocle, Chapters 1 – 3 (October 29, 2015 – February 16, 2016). The Nose, the Cane, the Broken Left Arm, Lutker’s first performance based on the Surrrealist fistfights, was a Performa 13 Commission, staged in NY in 2013. A version of this play was recently presented at Cabaret Voltaire as part of the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of DADA. 


About The Occasional  

Initiated in 2013, The Occasional is a series of ambitious commissioned projects produced by a national curatorial team that establishes criticality and innovation through collaboration between artists and curators. The Occasional focuses on international artist residencies, long-term projects, and newly commissioned work presented in experimental contexts throughout Los Angeles. The Occasional is a flexible platform that addresses the problematics of biennials; projects are not bound to institutional time but rather allow an artist to work at their own pace through research, development, and execution. The series takes a city in flux as its starting point, examining L.A.’s capacity for experimentation outside traditional institutional settings. 

LAXART’s programs are produced with generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; The Getty Foundation; The National Endowment for the Arts; The Pasadena Art Alliance; and The Stratton-Petit Foundation