MEET The Artist Behind Tonight's Opening Liturgy

At tonight's Opening Liturgy, Level Ground Artist-in-Residence and Co-Creator of Ritual Cycle, Leslie Foster, invites you to suspend cynicism and embrace wonder and empathy through peacefully meditative, aesthetically compelling, and profoundly hopeful rituals.

Learn more about Leslie, Ritual Cycle, and tonight's Opening Liturgy in this Q&A! We hope you'll join us tonight as we kick-off the 2016 Pasadena Festival.

Join us tonight!
Where: L.A. College of Music
300 S. Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105
When: Tonight 2/24 @ 7-8:30 PM
Details: Free, Cocktail Attire

An image from leslie foster's Ritual Cycle Film Series

An image from leslie foster's Ritual Cycle Film Series

Level Ground: What is "Ritual Cycle"? How did you get involved in this film and art experience?

Leslie Foster: Ritual Cycle is an experimental film installation, which explores the concept of divine identity, from the genderqueer divine to the feminine divine, through five art films. The project opens as a gallery show this weekend in downtown LA. I am one of the co-creators of the the project and have been working on it since 2013. 

LG: How does "Ritual Cycle" and your work as a filmmaker and curator fit into the mission of Level Ground? What does it mean for you to be Level Ground's artist-in-residence?

LF: Being the artist-in-residence here at Level Ground provides me with a really exciting opportunity to continue creating work, connect with exciting artists, and help grow the festival's artistic community. 

Ritual Cycle is a collaborative piece and a piece which provides a safe space in which people can explore uncomfortable subjects. Providing new, alternative perspectives on ideas ("queering" those ideas, if you will) is a big part of my work. I think this connects directly with Level Ground's mission of creating spaces for dialog. 

LG: What are you personally most excited about seeing or experiencing at tonight's opening "Ritual Cycle" performance?

LF: Tonight, the musicians who crafted the amazing soundscapes of the Ritual Cycle films will be sharing their artistry with the Level Ground community. I'm really excited to get a chance to share what we've been working on for the last three years and excited to expose people to the amazingly talented folks who helped craft this project.