LA River

FUTURE CURRENTS: LOS ANGELES RIVERFree Outdoor Festival | April 5, 2019

Underwriting for Future Current: Los Angeles River is generously provided by Conor O’Neil 

On Friday, April 5th, 2019, The Soraya presents an all day festival featuring dance, music, and art inspired, and created by, the Los Angeles River. The culmination of an unprecedented 6-month collaboration between CSUN students from various disciplines, The Soraya, Associated Students, and local and national eco-artists; Future Currents: Los Angeles River serves to shine a light on an ecological issue core to the future of Los Angeles.

The festival will feature a sculptural installation by Los Angeles Sculpture and founder of LA River Kayak Safari, Steve Appleton. Appleton’s sculpture, Alluvial Wave is large scale sculptural installation that models the physical, environmental, and social forces of the Los Angeles River, while creating a dynamic space for a collaboration with Artichoke Dance Company. The sculpture is made out materials from the river: native and invasive plants, up-cycled bottle plastic, tumbled rocks and swaths of colorful fabric caught in trees during rain storms.


The CSUN Percussion Ensemble will perform Liquid State, a composition by CSUN student Genevieve Hilburn using found objects from the Los Angeles River. The ensemble will be joined by Los Angeles Ney player Danny Shamoun.
Eco-Artist and Choreographer Lynn Neuman premieres her piece choreographed for Future Currents: LA River. Visioning Bodies, a contemporary folk dance for a resilient future, creates a way of existing in place, time, and energy that models co-created and interconnected systems
The Global Trance Ensemble makes its debut featuring Los Angeles Ney player Danny Shamoun. Shamoun has brought some of the top LA musicians performing Middle Eastern music together for the first time to highlight the Ney, a flute made from Arundo Donax, the same material used by Hilburn in Liquid State.
Under the direction of Professor Paula Thomson in collaboration with Lynn Neuman, CSUN Dance students will perform works choreographed for Future Currents: LA River. Neuman spent time with the student dancers starting in October of 2018 teaching them about site specific works, and artists' roles in ecological activism.
Future Currents: Los Angeles River will conclude with a culminating performance in The Soraya's courtyard, complimented by local food trucks and a beer garden.