This series includes a TV show, segments for "This Week in Northern California", an educational outreach program and a website featuring Bay Area artists and arts organizations. More than a showcase for art objects and the artists who make them, Spark takes the audience inside the creative process to witness the challenges, opportunities and rewards of making art. Produced by KQED TV.
Spark! Previous Broadcasts
First Person Narratives (Episode #214)
KQED 9: Tue, Jan 29, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
Speaking from first hand experience: it's a narrative style that's the hallmark of many 21st century art forms. In this episode of Spark, we see how Bay Area artists are making the form uniquely theirs.
* This episode begins with the kind of stories that won't put you to sleep, as you'll discover when Spark visits Porchlight Theater, a monthly revue where storytellers walk an emotional tightrope on stage, spilling their guts in front of a live audience.
* In our second story, visit students at Tamalpais High School who are learning the fine art of documentary theater, a form that now dominates American drama. We follow their production from first interview to finished performance, as they document the history of protest in the Mill Valley community.
* Finally, we'll go backstage with comedian and actress Marga Gomez (margagomez.com), as she workshops a new one-woman show based on her experiences growing up in an ambitious show-biz family.
- KQED 9: Wed, Jan 30, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
The Jet Set (Episode #211)
KQED 9: Tue, Jan 22, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
For many of the world's most gifted performing artists, the price of opportunity is a life spent in airports and hotels, far from home. Spark is along for the ride with globe trotting members of the world's artistic elite.
* Alonzo King, Choreographer - Choreographer Alonzo King has created contemporary ballets for more than fifty international dance companies as well as dozens of pieces for film, television, opera and his own company, LINES. Easily one of the most sought-after ballet masters in the world, Alonzo King is often living out of a suitcase, traveling to multiple locations in short order. Spark travels with Alonzo King to New York City as he mounts new ballets with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Cedar Lake Ensemble.
* Ballet San Jose's "Out of Africa" - Danish dancer Flemming Flindt was once a precocious star on the European ballet stages in the 1950s and 60s. But in recent years he's become a guest choreographer for companies around the world , shocking audiences with his explorations of dark and often sexual themes. Spark meets up with Flemming Flindt at Ballet San Jose as he begins rehearsals for the premiere of "Out of Africa," his adaptation of the Isak Dinesen memoir of life in Kenya in the 1920s.
* Midori, Violinist - Virtuoso violinist Midori debuted with the New York Philharmonic when she was just 11 years old. She's been on the road ever since, performing and recording at hundreds of locations around the world. Spark gets a taste of life lived in the fast lane, following along as Midori touches down in the Bay Area for a one-night appearance at San Francisco Performances.
- KQED Life: Sun, Jan 27, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED Life: Sat, Jan 26, 2013 -- 5:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sat, Jan 26, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
- KQED 9: Fri, Jan 25, 2013 -- 11:30 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Jan 23, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
Fusion (Episode #208)
KQED 9: Tue, Jan 15, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
Spark explores the fusion of cultures, styles and disciplines that make up the incredibly diverse Bay Area art scene.
* Muslim Women's Spoken Word Collective, Calligraphy of Thought
Go inside the Bay Area's burgeoning Muslim spoken word, poetry, and hip hop scene with Calligraphy of Thought poets as they create and rehearse new works for a performance at the Box Theater in Oakland celebrating the release of several new albums on the Remarkable Current label.
* Sculptural Costumer, Sha Sha Higby
Sha Sha Higby approaches dance through the medium of sculpture. Using the painterly manipulation of materials and textures, she creates intricate costumes made of wood, silk, paper and gold leaf. Animated by Higby's incredibly subtle and beautiful dance movements, the costume, interwoven with a labyrinth of delicate props, creates a path in which movement and stillness meet.
* Punk Rock Orchestra
Witness the spectacle that is the Punk Rock Orchestra. Led by conductor John Gluck, who trades in his baton for a toilet brush and sports a bright orange mohawk, The 40 piece ensemble plays classic punk songs that are specially arranged for symphonic instruments.
- KQED Life: Tue, Jan 22, 2013 -- 4:30 AM
- KQED Life: Mon, Jan 21, 2013 -- 10:30 PM
- KQED Life: Sun, Jan 20, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sat, Jan 19, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
- KQED 9: Fri, Jan 18, 2013 -- 11:30 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Jan 16, 2013 -- 1:30 AM
Telling Stories (Episode #203)
KQED 9: Tue, Jan 8, 2013 -- 7:30 PM
Since the dawn of history, artists have been telling stories through words, pictures, and music. In this episode of Spark, we meet artists who are continuing the tradition, fusing ancient and contemporary techniques and content.
* Larry Reed's Dangerous Flowers - For the past thirty years, Larry Reed has dedicated himself to the study and practice of the ancient Balinese art of shadow puppetry. He has become a master of this traditional storytelling form, using it to tell tales from many different cultures, and adapting it for contemporary audiences with the addition of modern multi-media technology. Spark is there as he debuts his latest work, a traditional Balinese tale called Dangerous Flowers, in which he plays 40 different characters. His performance is accompanied by the Bay Area's Gamelan Sekar Jaya, the most acclaimed gamelan orchestra in the United States.
* Marc Bamuthi Joseph - Marc Bamuthi Joseph is a modern day griot (African storyteller) who tells his original stories through a combination of acting, spoken word, movement and rap. A four-time national Poetry Slam winner, Bamuthi got his start on Broadway at the age of 9. He was featured on the critically acclaimed HBO spoken word series, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam; and Spark follows along as he develops his first full-length solo theatrical work, Word Becomes Flesh, a meditation on his new role as a single father.
* Fire in Heaven - Asian storytellers Brenda Wong Aoki and Mark Izu collaborate with Cherokee storyteller Gayle Ross in a performance of Fire In Heaven: An Evening of Cherokee and Pacific Ghost Stories. Set to jazz koto music played by June Kuramoto, the work combines the oral traditions and mythical archetypes of many ancient cultures to create a fresh and entirely contemporary performance style.
- KQED Life: Sun, Jan 13, 2013 -- 6:30 PM
- KQED 9: Sat, Jan 12, 2013 -- 5:30 AM
- KQED 9: Fri, Jan 11, 2013 -- 11:30 PM
- KQED 9: Wed, Jan 9, 2013 -- 1:30 AM