Dance & Perfume at the Institute for Art and Olfaction

A bold mélange of dance, music, prose and sound—with an olfactory experience thrown into the mix—promises to be a unique theatrical experience. Set to be staged in Downtown LA over three nights in November, at The Institute of Art and Olfaction and Los Angeles based dance theatre company Volta will present the world premiere of “MILK.”

From the press release:

Drawing in part from the Greek tragedy Medea, the work mixes dance, prose, sound, and scent to examine the construction of feminine desire and destruction. While writer Alexis Okeowo orates an original epic narrative, Volta will use movement to map the contemporary politics of hysteria, beauty, and revenge. Harpist Melissa Achten will score the performance live and sound architect Nicholas Snyder will create an accompanying composition. Volta is collaborating with the Institute of Art and Olfaction to develop custom blends that tell the story through scent.

“Volta is passionate about creating multi-disciplinary performances that expand the limits of contemporary dance,” say Megan Paradowski and Mamie Green, founders and directors of Volta. “By teaming up with the Institute of Art and Olfaction, we are able to transport audiences into a universe of all-consuming feminine desire using the power of scent.”

Megan Paradowski and Mamie Green, founders and directors of Volta.

“We are thrilled to work with Volta to further their vision through scent – one of the most visceral and emotive senses,” says Saskia Wilson-Brown, founder of the Institute for Art and Olfaction. “We have created the aromatic components of Medea’s story based on a deep study of the text by Euripides, and historical research into the possible smells of the milieu in which the tragedy unfolded.”

Saskia Wilson-Brown, founder of the Institute for Art and Olfaction.

Founders and directors of Volta, Green and Paradowski will be joined by dancers Kaia Makihara, Madi Tanguay, and Keilan Stafford.


Performance Dates:

November 10th, 11th, 12th, 2022

Purchase performance tickets here:

Performance Location:

Institute of Art and Olfaction

932 Chung King Road
Los Angeles CA, 90012

Performance Time: 6:00pm

Ticket Price: $20.00

About Volta Collective:

Directed by Mamie Green and Megan Paradowski, Volta fuses physicality, theatricality and multidisciplinary approaches to performance. Volta is passionate about presenting dance in accessible, nontraditional spaces, often collaborating with artists across mediums. Volta’s work expresses the communal rage, wonder, and love that connects us all. It has been presented in the US and Europe at Hošek Contemporary, NAVEL LA, the Museum of Neon Art, Orange County Dance Festival, Sade Gallery, Lash Social Club and at multiple Dance Film Festivals.

About Alexis Okeowo:

Alexis Okeowo is a writer and artist. They are a staff writer at The New Yorker, a contributing editor at Vogue, and the inaugural Writer-in-Residence in the Design Research, Writing, & Criticism Program at the School of Visual Arts. They are working on their first video short, In Transit.

About The Institute of Art and Olfaction:

Founded in September 2012 in Los Angeles, The Institute for Art and Olfaction is a 501(c)3 non-profit devoted to advancing public access to the practice of working with scent. We do this by initiating and supporting experimental projects with scent, by providing accessible education in our laboratory as well as in partnership with institutions and community groups, by curating art exhibitions that incorporate scent in our gallery, and by raising visibility for independent, artisan and experimental and artistic practices with scent as a whole. Through these efforts, we extend the world of scent beyond its traditional boundaries of appreciation and use.

Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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