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In our 15th year as an NPO, BWL has a history in downtown Los Angeles and in Venice and has become a community institution with dedicated audiences, networks and partnerships with organizations including the JACCC and Beyond Baroque where we have developed and presented work.

At the Electric Lodge, located at 1416 Electric Ave, between Oakwood and Milwood neighborhoods, in the heart of Venice, our projects have been developed for community outreach and development. Participants, ages 5 - 95, are artists, dancers, psychologists, curators, actors, scientists, filmmakers, musicians, designers, photographers, architects… and are an internationally and ethnically diverse group. Our past DCA and OGP projects have worked with local groups: Vera Davis McClendon Venice Community Center, Venice Arts Mecca, Venice H.E.A.R.T., Venice Dream Team, Pearl White Theater, Project Heavy West, The Oakwood Owners and Tenants Association, S.P.A.R.C., and the Abbot Kinney Merchants, and Beyond Baroque. We are also deeply connected to creating and collaborating in a larger community including a close relationship with Michael Alexander at Grand performances, the REDCAT, Hirokazu Kosaka at Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, and artists such as multimedia artist Carole Kim and Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio. We are committed to working in creative relationships with many musicians including Paul Chavez, Yuval Ron, Myra Melford and Alex Cline. Guided by our board and advisors whose connections extend throughout Los Angeles, BWL considers the opportunity for audience development and education and for artists and community to engage in creative exchange. At each performance, surveys collect personal information and subjective reflection. Our audiences include people with varied backgrounds, experiences, abilities and cultures; students and educators from the Venice area and broader Los Angeles. Workshop participants and project volunteers include dancers, performers, artists and people interested in movement arts regardless of experience.

BWL, exploring contemporary Japanese and experimental art, enhances creativity and critical dialogue with emerging and professional artists in the local community and Los Angeles at large. Flower of the Season project will recruit local and non-local volunteers. Past projects brought Eastside musicians to the Electric Lodge and Westside audiences downtown to the JACCC for performances combining Jazz and world music with traditional and avant-garde arts from Japan. In so doing, Flower of the Season is also an inquiry into ephemeral, fleeting community as we work intimately for a defined period of time. At Beyond Baroque Literary Center and the REDCAT with Caddy! Cady! Caddy! William Faulkner Dance Project we attracted audiences through the relationship to literature. BWL, with its commitment to site-specific engagement, invites those that hold nature and cultural struggles as basic concerns.

BWL continues to establish a matrix in our community for producing work of dancers and artists. Venice is once again a home for innovation. We have played a part in this growth. BWL utilizes local spaces in innovative ways, finding material for creative workshops and performances. We seek to forge artistic connections and the development of work by fostering professional and creative collaboration.
Committed to a regular cycle of intensive workshops and performances our advisory board helps guide the process.