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ANIMATED CHAPTERS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 23 16 13 10 5 3 1 27 30 34
An intersection in Boyle Heights
Lucha's Childhood
Lucha's Quinceañera Song
Mariachi Plaza, Boyle Heights
Jameson's Story
Jameson Portrait
The 2nd Street Tunnel, Downtown Los Angeles
The Reunion
A Rehearsal Studio in the Arts District
First Kiss
Hollenbeck Park, East Los Angeles
Angel's Point
Angel's Point, Elysian Park
Love and Fractals
The Floating Nebula
The Corn Fields, Los Angeles State Historic Park, Chinatown
City Hall, Downtown Los Angeles
The Next Years
The Phone Call, Part 1
Traversing between the Arts District and Boyle Heights
A Fortune
Chinatown Plaza
Orlando's Story
Orlando's Fairwell
Evergreen Cemetery
Interlude (Car Wash)
AirStream Trailer, Elysian Park
The Roadways, Elysian Park
The Experiment
3rd Street and Broadway
230 Center St, Arts District
The Disappearance
The Red Notebook
Utter darkness
The Other Woman
The Bradbury Building, Downtown Los Angeles
Bowtie Parcel, Los Angeles River
Lucha and Orlando in Love
Historic Core, Downtown Los Angeles
Lucha Portrait
Alongside the LA River, Interstate 5
Orlando In Love
The Million Dollar Theater
Orlando Portrait
Libros Schmibros Book Store, Boyle Heights
Farewell From the Roof Tops
Rooftops, Toy Factory Lofts, Biscuit Lofts, Ito Building Tower, Arts District
Old Age Like a Dream
The Phone Call, Part 2
Chavez Ravine, Elysian Park
The Central Hub

Lucha Portrait

Location: Alongside the LA River, Interstate 5
Flute: Erin McKibben
Music by Andrew Norman
Text by Yuval Sharon
Performance by Ashley Elizabeth Allen
“All cities are geological and you can’t take three steps without encountering ghosts, armed with the prestige of their legends. We evolve in a closed landscape whose landmarks draw us incessantly towards the past. Shifting angles and receding perspectives enable us to perceive original conceptions of space, but this vision remains fragmentary. It must be sought in the magic lands of folklore and surrealist writings: castles, endless walls, small forgotten bars, prehistoric caves, casino mirrors.”

–Ivan Chtcheglov, Formulary for a New Urbanism

Director’s Notes:

“This was Lucha’s ‘Portrait’ chapter, where Lucha is played by Erin McKibben on flute. Erin played Lucha in love with Jameson, with a recorded text offering a commentary from the Lucha who lost Jameson and now married to Orlando.

“The route this chapter took was pretty dramatic – over and alongside the LA River on its way to Chapter 26– and when they weren’t re-routed to use the 5 Freeway, I thought this drive was one of the most peaceful.

“The recorded text was the last writing done for Hopscotch; it was recorded by Ashley – who played Lucha in Chapter 12 – right before the first preview of the Green Route. It wasn’t until I could get a perspective on the entirety of Hopscotch and take stock of what was missing that I could sense what Lucha should say at this moment. She needed to offer a response to Jameson’s nihilistic comment from Chapter 19, also on the Green Route: ‘Hell is the place where nothing connects to nothing.’ From the stand-point of her future self, Lucha is able to say, ‘Now I know that love is the place where everything connects with everything.’ In this way, Lucha introduces the sense of a center and the interconnectedness of all things that shape the last chapters of the piece and lead to the Finale.”

– Yuval Sharon