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By Lookout Staff

March 27, 2017 -- An interdisciplinary group of artists will turn Santa Monica's Tongva Park into an enchanted forest for two consecutive nights next month.

Dubbed "The Wonder Room," the two free evenings of performance and visual arts will feature songs, lights and ghostly shadows that will inhabit the park's "rooms" on April 5 and 6 from 7:30 to 9 p.m., organizers said.

"Audiences are invited to stroll and choose their own artistic adventure, discovering each work or performance at their own pace," said organizers of the event, which marks the launch of Tongva Park’s Art @ Tongva program.

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"Desire to Fly" (Photo courtesy of Animal Craccker Conspiracy)

In one of the "rooms," acclaimed L.A. choreographer Sarah Elgart and her company, Arrogant Elbow, will showcase a new work that promises to transform familiar locations from "the mundane into the magical, prompting viewers to see them with new eyes," organizers said.

In another, Rosalie Rodriguez, a Grammy-award-winning singer, will perform "rarely heard Peruvian boleros" from her upcoming album accompanied by Pepe Flores and Gino Gamboa.

Other rooms will feature "interactive, 3D/stereoscopic light spectacles" by light artist and TED Fellow Christine Marie and "stunning, luminous ghost cityscapes" by visual artist Deborah Aschheim.

Performance artist Ana Prvacki’s "Tent, quintet, bows and elbows" features musical guests The Blasting Company "playing inside a small tent with rhythmic surprises," organizers said.

Rounding out the evening will be special guests Bridget Rountree and Iain Gunn of San Diego’s Animal Cracker Conspiracy, who will perform "their intricately beautiful shadow play 'Desire to Fly,' inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s flying machines and the human quest for flight."

"The program highlights Tongva Park’s unusual geography of gardens, winding paths and urban vistas, reimagining the small, exquisite spaces of the park," organizers said.

Award-winning Tongva Park was designed by James Corner Field Operations, the designers of the highly acclaimed High Line in New York ("Tongva Park is a Unique Experieence in Santa Monica," September 10, 2013).

The Art @ Tongva series is co-produced by the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division and Dyson & Womack.

For bus routes to Tongva Park, which is located across from City Hall, visit Ample bike parking is located near each park entrance at Ocean Avenue, Main Street and Olympic Boulevard. Parking is available at Civic Center Parking Structure.

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