2012 / Jan 20 at 7:00 pm: Getty Museum to hold spacial stage “Kalpa”

Getty Kosaka Kalpa Oguri

Buto master Oguri will lead performing artists at a special stage of "Kalpa" at the Getty Center on Friday, Jan 20. (Courtesy of the Getty Museum)

The Getty Museum will present performance artist Hirokazu Kosaka and the Los Angeles Free Music Society in an evening event on Friday, Jan 20 that will kick off the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival. The performance will begin at 7:00 pm outdoors at the Getty Center.

The events are free, but reservations are required and are available beginning Tuesday, Dec 20 at 9:00 am. For reservations or more information, call (310) 440-7300.

Kosaka’s sculptural and performative installation Kalpa will transform the Getty Center’s Tram Arrival Plaza with an enormous spotlight, Butoh dancers and hundreds of spools of colorful thread placed on a wall designed by architect Michael Rotondi.

In Sanskrit, kalpa means eon—a long period of time. In this performance, Kosaka builds a symbolic parallel between kalpa and the inevitable passage of time that slowly transforms lives, histories and memories.

“It is believed in the Buddhist faith that once every hundred years, an angel comes down from heaven and swipes the surface of a stone with her silk sleeves until the rock disappears,” said Kosaka “This idea comes into play in my performance, as it demonstrates the deliberate, unseen passage of time, and the tangible objects that we use to measure it.”

Performers include Butoh master Oguri, who will lead a small company of dancers, musician and composer Yuval Ron, who will create the aural environment with a combination of live and recorded music and sounds, and harmonica player Tetsuya Nakamura.

A special stage of Kalpa at the Getty Center will be held on Friday, Jan 20 at 7:00 pm.

The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049. It is open Tuesday through Friday and Sunday from 10 am to 5:30 pm, and Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm. It is closed Monday. Admission to the Getty Center is always free.

Parking is $15 per car, but reduced to $10 after 5pm on Saturdays and for evening events throughout the week. No reservation is required for parking or general admission.