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Live Arts Exchange [LAX] Festival: Paul Outlaw & Joe Seely, DUET

Paul Outlaw (left) and Joe Seely (right) in a first sketch of DUET at Human Resources LA (2022). Photo by Ray Busmann.

Live Arts Exchange [LAX] Festival: Paul Outlaw & Joe Seely, DUET


Painful, crusty–two seasoned satyrs wrap themselves in a velvet artifice of memory.

DUET is a new devised performance work-in-progress that explores boyhood, maturity and mortality through storytelling, movement, masks, and video.

 A 15-minute version of DUET was performed at Human Resources LA in Spring 2022.

Original text, dramaturgy and images: Paul Outlaw and Joe Seely

Masks and accessories: Joe Seely

Performance Duration: 45 mins

Live Arts Exchange [LAX] Festival Vol. 9

Live Arts Exchange [LAX] Festival Vol. 9 will take place October 17-23, 2022 at FRANKIE and at MOCA. Organized by Miranda Wright and Patricia Garza, Los Angeles Performance Practice, with Alex Sloane, Associate Curator, the festival is an electric week-long lineup of all Los Angeles-based artists who create new work in contemporary dance, theater, music, and cross-genre performance. 

Since its launch in 2013, LAX Festival has served as a highly visible platform that showcases some of the most innovative artists and independent companies in our city while reaching thousands of audience members. Each installment of our LAX Festival is a platform for exchange, engaging artists, curators and organizations in performance presentations, dialogues and artist-to-artist interactions designed to cultivate mutual inquiry and long-term network development. 

More information about the whole festival can be found here.

Paul Outlaw is a Los Angeles and Berlin-based multidisciplinary performing artist whose award-winning projects have been presented across the United States and in Europe. The central themes of his artistic practice are the constructs of race and sexual identity, and how violence has haunted them throughout Euro-American history. Paul played the title role in Pepe Danquart’s SCHWARZFAHRER, winner of the 1994 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. One of Paul's current theater projects in development, BBC (BIG BLACK COCKROACH), will premiere in Fall 2023 at Los Angeles' REDCAT (Roy & Edna Disney CalArts Theater). 

Joe Seely is an actor/performer and designer who has performed on film and stage internationally. He is interested in identity as a construct that both shields, extends and represses the identified. He has won awards for theater and puppetry design, most recently receiving a Los Angeles Critics Circle Award for his work designing phalluses at the Getty Villa. Prior to that he won an Ovation Award for puppetry design and LA Weekly Awards for production design and mask design. He created the masks and hands on view tonight because he needed to see them somewhere other than in his imagination. He is honored to be able to play with Paul, whom he adores.

Wonmi’s WAREHOUSE Programs is organized by Alex Sloane, Associate Curator of Performance and Programs, with Amelia Charter, Producer Performance and Programs and Brian Dang, Programming Coordinator.

Wonmi's WAREHOUSE Programs is founded by Wonmi & Kihong Kwon and Family.