Variety Arts Theater in Los Angeles to Host "The Dream in Captivity"

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Captivating Music and Art Showcase to Take Place December 7

"…music that transports you to a dusky, strange planet where the old American midwest, deep sea monsters, and warped interpretations of Hollywood classics come alive and illogically coexist.” –Graphite Arts Journal, The Hammer Museum

On December 7, the historic Variety Arts Theater will play host to a gathering of local talent at 'The Dream In Captivity', a new concert experience merging sight and sound.

The multimedia production will fuse the musical arrangements of Cliff Dweller with the paintings of artist Oliver Bernsen. A string quartet and live band will perform a collection of post-classical songs reminiscent of a film score, entirely written and arranged by Cliff Dweller. Meanwhile, Bernsen's large-scale oil paintings will line the theater's periphery, enclosing the audience within an imminent world of moments never intent on being captured.

The cinematic compositions are coincidentally appropriate for the Variety Arts Theater – a venue most recently utilized in October by Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum. The space lends its own rich character to the world of forgotten romanticism.

Produced by Ella Hatamian, The Dream In Captivity is an unparalleled fusion of theatrics. More information and tickets can be found on the official website:

Cliff Dweller

Cliff Dweller is a sonic/visual project by Ari Balouzian and friends. Balouzian is a classically trained violist, multi-instrumentalist, and music producer whose work has been showcased across three albums and numerous multimedia collaborations. Current film compositions include “Along Recovery,” a post-Iraq War Documentary, and “I Thought I Was Hallucinating”, about avant-garde theater director Robert Wilson with The Getty Foundation.

Oliver Bernsen

Oliver Bernsen is a painter, filmmaker, and carpenter. He has been working as a production designer on various feature and short films: “25 Hill”, “3 Day Test”, and “Nightmare Code”. Collaborations with Ari Balouzian's Cliff Dweller: Oil, Escercesm, and Ghosts of Dust Bowl. Oliver has photographed two campaigns for Cydwoq Shoes.

Key Performers

Kane Richotte, Drummer- Richotte is currently the drummer for Portugal, The Man (Atlantic Records) and was previously the drummer for Vas Defrans.

Spencer Ludwig- Ludwig currently plays trumpet for Capital Cities (Capitol Records) and is a member of the band Deux Sons

Max Whipple, Accordion and Bass- Whipple currently plays accordion in the band Deux Sons and was previously the basis for Vas Defrans.

Ella Hatamian

Hatamian is a film director and producer.

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