Metro Art Presents Baggage , A New Dance Film By Jay Carlon With Musician Alex Wand

A New Dance Film By Jay Carlon With Musician Alex Wand

The online program can now be viewed on demand on Metro, Metro Art and Union Station Facebook and Metro and Union Station YouTube channels.

Don’t miss BAGGAGE, the fourth and final program in the April dance series Moving Through, a monthlong series of dance and movement for times of change, produced by Metro Art in creative collaboration with Pieter Performance Space and Carlon.

BAGGAGE—developed on site in Union Station’s historic Ticketing Hall during a two-week residency by Carlon and Wand in March 2021—celebrates origin stories and embodies the many histories of arrivals and departures at the station and in our lives. The dance film is a personal family narrative of migration told in three chapters unpacked through music, dance, and memory inside the landmark historic space that has served as a gateway to the many individual and collective California arrival stories over the past eight decades.

Carlon channels the stories of the space through his personal family story. Vintage suitcases are animated by Carlon and Wand through the use of contact microphones, movement-responsive scoring, and spoken audio including series of voice messages and excerpts from a Carlon family interview in the The Re/Collecting Project Archive (Special Collections and Archives, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo) which retraces stories of Filipino immigrants that landed on California’s Central Coast.

Click here to view the three preceding programs in the Moving Through dance and movement series in creative collaboration with Pieter Performance Space. This collaborative dance series takes place all April during Arts, Culture and Creativity Month to pay tribute to the idea that the arts are essential to the personal and collective telling of stories in meaningful and shared public spaces.

About Metro Art Presents:

Metro Art Presents showcases an exciting year-round array of arts and cultural events at historic Union Station—and beyond. From music and dance performances, film screenings and poetry readings to experimental and mixed-media presentations, the programs creatively activate downtown’s primary transportation hub for all ages. For more information about how Metro enriches the transit experience through innovative, multifaceted arts and cultural programs, visit metro.net/art, on Instagram at [@metro.art.la]() and Facebook