• Welcome to my site. Check out my Performance Videos, Photo Galleries, and solo show in development, on est deshabille, a comedy about death. Also, you can download a PDF Booklet about my theater, Live Sound Action, and Elephants and Gold, my ensemble music play produced at Berkshire Fringe and currently in further development for NYC Production. See 2015-16 Workshop/Training/Performance Events.
  • Selfie of the Ancients – NMNC in Feb.

    Selfie of the Ancients: Eliza Ladd and New College Students,  Feb 11 – 14   New Music New College

    At once visual, aural and physical, this performance — combining the sounds of objects and human movement with layers of primitive voice and song — reflects our primordial musicality.

    Fundamentally concerned with the act of making sound, the relationship between sound and movement, and the ways in which sound articulates visible and invisible space, Eliza composes music rooted in the forms of sculpture and percussion.

    In January and February, Eliza will work with New College students to create a score of “Live Sound Action” (her theatrical approach to composition and performance). Selfie of the Ancients will be the result of this score, combined with her own performance of primitive voice and song.

    Reviving the original function of performance as a way in which to find ourselves, and to experience our birthright as creators

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    Aspects of some earlier works: Elephants and Gold – a contemporary musical; Cosmological Composition – a workshop on composing with object, sound, body, and space; Bucket and Stick – a sound dance with buckets and sticks and humans; and, Tribal Epic – improvisational practice with live band and dance scores, will inform Selfie of the Ancients — a new work curated to be a part of the New Music New College series at New College in Sarasota 2015 – 16 season.

    I will be working with New College students in Live Sound Action to devise the piece. I will also be performing a vocal score devised from somatic experience of the fluid systems of the body – sounds wild right? Sourcing from the body, trusting the unknown, belonging to a tribe, working with beginners – these things are part of our birthright. The title ‘Selfie of the Ancients‘– its about witnessing who are we really – In these precarious times? I mean, if we really want to look at ourselves, what if we went way back — to animal, to tribe, to underbelly function of the species, back to when we used sound and vibration to locate ourselves (like the Dolphins and echolocation).

    The piece will be part liturgy, part search, part celebration, and it will include visual, physical, and aural composition — part of what ‘new music’ is. I compose with the dualities:  light / dark, sound / silence, movement / stillness. Without the two, we cannot perceive or grasp change or meaning — if there is no silence between the sounds, I don’t get the contour or transformation of the song. Similarly, if there is no stillness, it is hard for me to receive the movement. My composition is a process of articulating the dualities through what I call the 4 R’s: Rhythm, Repetition, Responsivity and Relationship.

    In Buddhism the dualities would be called Absolute / Relative or Non-Ordinary / Ordinary — and the thing is — how do we not to careen to one side or the other? how can we actually be in the ‘all at once’. How can I circle a stone on the ground, an ordinary act, and yet, the Absolute arises. This is my goal in creation. To somehow be and express something that is Absolute and Relative – dissolving the division between the two and making something that exists as a unity. And, this unity is also our birthright, Ahh, and it is challenging.  More to come soon as the creation process unfolds. Who was it who talks about music being a unity?

    Check Out These Articles

    Article about Eliza’s work in Sarasota Herald Tribune -

    A Moving Career by Carrie Seidman

    Review of Dali Picasso Performance at Dali Museum in St Pete, FL

    Upcoming Performances in Florida

    Sat January 24 at 4:00, The Dali Museum, St Petersburg, FL:  Eliza will be performing in a collaboration with Fuzion Dance Company and Kristin O’neal in a piece co-directed by Eliza and Leymis Bolanos Wilmott.  The piece is a Response to and a Riff  on  the current exhibition – Picasso / Dali, Dali / Picasso. Still Life, Object as Body, Body as Form, Form and Emptiness, Bending Time, The Underbelly, The Face of War – these 2 painters turned the world, and it keeps on turning in this performance.

    Sunday March 1 at 5:00, The Crocker Church 12th st and Cocoanut in Sarasota, Florida: Eliza will be debuting her solo O Let Me Just Be the Greek Whore that I Am in the first annual Sarasolo Festival. An evolution of On Est Deshabille Eliza continues to craft her story in search of a grammar for the human animal. Join a woman and her stick – part warrior, part creature, part housewife – on an absurd adventure born out of Rock + Roll and teetering toward Clown. In a fragile and ferocious feast of human spirit this performance delights and thrives in the territory of sound song text and body.

    at the Asolo Rep Conservatory

    Here is a photo of expanded version of on est deshabille, a comedy about death performed this past summer at the Berkshire Fringe in Great Barrington MA. Will Barnet, Debra Disbrow, Eliza Ladd and Cassandra Weston appear here. We were accompanied by the masterful Ian Smit (guitar) and Eddie Gwormley (drums)

    Currently I am in Sarasota Florida teaching Movement for the Actor and Dance at the Asolo Rep MFA Conservatory for Actor Training. It is wonderful. Check out this video interview in the Sarasota Observer of me as the movement coach for David Ives’ School for Lies. The show opens this week. Also, check out this new reel – some selections of my performance work in progress from:  on est deshabille, bucket and stick, and elephants and gold.

    Beauty, I’m Interested

    on est deshabille, a comedy about death is selected for performance at Berkshire Fringe in Great Barrington MA , Aug 2-5.  The new iteration of the solo work involves an ‘American Greek Chorus’ performing movement, song, text, and live visual art. Live musicians as well, the great Eddie Gormley and the wonderful Ian Smit accompany. No longer a solo.

    Upcoming Workshops offered by my Colleagues and Teachers: Primitive Voice – Jean Rene Toussaint (May 25+26, Jun 15+16) and Parallel Realities – Coly Vulpiani (July 12+13)

    Isn’t this a beautiful photo? It was taken by Marianne Miller from In Quest of Virtuosity Workshop (Work In Progress Performance at Dixon Place Mar 14)

    The New Year

    Check out this photo from Bucket and Stick.

    This winter I am hosting a workshop in Parallel Realities Practice given by Coly Vulpiani — this work embraces Stillness Meditation and Voice Dialogue in the Alchemy of Self Healing. I have found it to be illuminating, expansive and practical. Also this winter I am beginning rehearsal for The Autobiography of the Human Animal, an expansion of creatures, stories and songs birthed in my solo on est deshabille, a comedy about death. Let us discuss how we are evolving . . the function of language . . that which is primal . . .

    on est deshabille, a comedy about death

    Join a woman and her stick, part warrior part creature part housewife, on an absurd adventure born out of Rock-and-Roll and teetering toward Clown. O what a fragile and ferocious feast of human spirit.

    Check out video of on est deshabille, a comedy about death, excerpts from United Solo, Performance Mix, Joyce Soho and Dixon Place.

    written, created and performed by Eliza Ladd

    Reviews:
    When emotional wilderness meets stage presence, timing meets music, and sounds meet vibration, then you meet Eliza: sparkling theatricality. Giovanni Fusetti, Master Clown

    Ladd, who channels a galumphy woman carrying a big stick, draped in tragic Frederick’s of Hollywood bargain bin and knee pads down to high-heeled slippers with marabou poofs, steals my heart.
    Chris Dohse, know your own bone

    Eliza Ladd kept me on the edge of my seat as she shifted from being a shaman to a Brooklyn kvetch to a crooner belting out a raw song from the depths. The miracle is that it all fit together like a gourmet meal.
    Karen Bernard, New Dance Alliance

    Big Exit flying at Dixon Place and Earlham College

    I love this poster. We will be performing Big Exit at Dixon Place on Monday March 26th at 7:30 and then taking it to Earlham College in Indiana. Come see this wild and controlled, bird and cowgirl duet exploration of work and freedom and listening in the moment.

    Also, I will be further developing on est deshabille for Dixon Place on June 18th.  The show in Performance Mix festival was wonderous. Video coming soon.

    on est deshabille solo and other

    Having come off a wonderful development of on est deshabille, a comedy about death for the United Solo Theater Festival, I will be continuing that process this winter spring for performance of an excerpt in the Performance Mix Festival at the Joyce Soho on March 15.  Also, Sara Zimmerman and I are continuing to develop Big Exit, performing Mar 26 at Dixon Place and April 3 at Earlham College.  And, I will be participating in a mixed discipline collaboration at the E|Merge Residency at Earthdance in February.

    on est deshabille: see slideshow see video see project description more on youtube

    Upcoming Performance St Ann’s, Solo and more

    Come see me as Sentinel in Karen O’s Stop the Virgens at St. Ann’s Warehouse October 12 -22. A wild Ride with rocking!! music.  Also, my solo show on est deshabille, a comedy about death is in development right now for a one night first showing in the United Solo Theatre Festival at Theatre Row.  Oct 31 7:30. 50 mins.

    Upcoming Performance: Big Exit in collaboration with Sara Zimmerman at the Chocolate Factory, Dec 6 and on est deshabille next march in the Performance Mix Festival at the Joyce Downtown.