If you’ve ever wanted to watch dancers go through a laundry spin cycle or come tumbling out of dryers, here’s your chance.
The Washing Day Coin Laundry & The Rumor Mill Coffee House at 11739 West Washington Blvd. will host the Culver City High School’s Academy of Visual and Performing Arts Students this evening.
The AVPA dancers together with the Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre will present their debut performance with excerpts from “Laundromatinee” this evening at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
“Landromatinee” was named a National Endowment for the Arts’ American Masterpiece in 2010, and had its first ever performance at the Thriftiwash Laundromat back in 1988 in Santa Monica.
According to an AVPA release, “Laundromatinee” is an honest, challenging work of art that springs directly from contemporary life. Celebrating the role of the laundromat as a place for gathering, socializing, and working, and mourning the loss of this community fixture in the age of increasingly nuclear households, “Laundromatinee” takes the audience on a comical and tender tour of modern life.
Tonight’s performance will be the first time “Laundromatinee” will be performed by high school students and will be directed by Julie Carson.
The performance is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment and the Surdna Foundation.
The AVPA dancers in “Laundromatinee” are Alexis Dawson, Rosalie Ellis, Maddie Hopfield, Amy King, Allie Miks, Elizabeth Moss, Juliana Richter, Julia Spencer, and Danielle Westbrook.
In addition to “Laundromatinee,” the dancers will also create their own site-specific work under the direction of Heidi Duckler in the neighboring coffee shop, The Rumor Mill, called “Cappuccino Nights.”
Tonight’s performances are free to the public.