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John Malpede and Henriëtte Brouwers – LAPD
Local Artists in Residence
18th Street Campus | 1653 18th Street #4, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Henriëtte Brouwers is a performer, director, teacher and producer. Henriëtte has been the Associate Director of Los Angeles Poverty Department since 2000, and is a collaborator/producer at RFKinEKY, a community-based re-enactment of Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 trip to Kentucky to investigate poverty in the Appalachia. She is featured in artist Bill Viola’s renowned The Passions series. She studied dance and theater in the Netherlands, as well as corporeal mime with Entiènne Décroux, and “Theater of the Oppressed” with Augusto Boal in Paris.

She performed her solo, ‘La lengua, the tongue of Cortès,’ both in the US and the Netherlands and directed a series of performances based on Mexican legends: ‘Weeping Women and War’ with Pomona College students, ; ‘La Llorona, Weeping Women on Skid Row’ with the LAPD, which was performed on Skid Row and at a national conference on women and poverty at Scripps College, and ‘La Llorona, Weeping Women of Echo Park’ with a group of Latina immigrant women in Echo Park. Henriëtte received a HOTHOUSE project grant from UCLA’s WAC department to research the legend of La Loba through drawing, movement and singing.

Henriëtte is happy to live at 18th street, near the big ocean, and take care of the community garden.

John Malpede directs, performs, and engineers multi-event projects that have theatrical, installation, public art, and education components. In 1985, he founded Los Angeles Poverty Development (LAPD), a performance group comprised primarily of homeless and formerly homeless people who make art, live, and work on Skid Row. He has produced projects working with communities throughout the US, as well as in the UK, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Bolivia. His 2004 work RFK in EKY sought to recreate Robert Kennedy’s 1968 “war on poverty” tour in the course of a four-day, 200-mile series of events focused on historic and current issues and social policy.

As a 2008-2009 fellow at MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Malpede developed Bright Futures in response to the worldwide financial crisis. In 2013, John Malpede received the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. In 2014, the Queens Museum of Art in New York City mounted the first retrospective gallery exhibition on the work of the LAPD, which traveled to the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena in 2016.

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