Los Angeles, CA: REDCAT's 12th Annual NEW ORIGINAL WORKS FESTIVAL
Cassandra; Takao Kawaguchi, Jonathan Hall and Deanna Erdmann; Kevin Williamson
The Week Three Program of
REDCAT's 12th Annual
NEW ORIGINAL WORKS FESTIVAL
Thursday, August 13 to Saturday, August 15, 2015
Program 3: August 13, 14, 15
Takao Kawaguchi, Jonathan Hall and Deanna Erdmann
Cassandra Stellar Tears
With glitter in their eyes and fervor in their hearts, Cassandra is a “feminist art-rock power-ballad soul-pop project” named after the Greek mythological prophetess and the iconic Wayne’s World frontwoman. In this epic song cycle rich with elements of spectacle, Cassandra confronts the silence around violence, and the discredited voice.
Takao Kawaguchi, Jonathan Hall and Deanna Erdmann Touch of the Other
An intimate sense of danger and desire is evoked with images and seductive movement, when choreographer Kawaguchi (last seen at REDCAT with Tokyo collective ‘dumb type’) joins writer Hall and artist Erdmann to explore the usually shrouded topic of male-male intimacy in public places, as documented in the 60’s by L. A. sociologist Laud Humphrey, whose research is stored at USC’s One Archives.
Kevin Williamson Trophy
Five virtuosic performers unleash their inner punk to shock the competitive spirits that propel their ambitions and to confront the flitting nature of success (and mysterious powers of failure). With multiple projections by Cari Ann Shim Sham and a powerful score by Jeepneys, Trophy fractures recognizable dance motifs into mischievous fragments, igniting disjointed new pleasures.
REDCAT, CalArts' downtown center for contemporary arts, presents the annual New Original Works (NOW) Festival, a three-week celebration of Los Angeles' vibrant community of artists making work for the stage each summer. This year’s festival runs over three weekends:Thursday to Saturday, July 30-August 1, August 6-8, and August 13-15. Each weekend premieres a triple bill, presenting a shared evening of dance, theater and multimedia work, which is repeated Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:30 p.m.
The New Original Works (NOW) Festival gives audiences a chance to experience the premiere of a wide range of new works created by celebrated Los Angeles-based world class and emerging voices. REDCAT transforms the theater into an artist-driven creative laboratory for artist projects with an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaborative teams. NOW has become an important catalyst for artists launching new ideas while bringing audiences an inspiring view of the next generation of artists among us. Over its twelve year history the program has launched more than 100 new productions.
REDCAT Executive Director Mark Murphy, who oversees the annual festival together with Programs Manager Edgar Miramontes, describes the summer festival as “a vital initiative for experimentation and development that nurtures the creation of nine new interdisciplinary performances. The artistic teams are encouraged to take risks as they blur the distinctions between traditional artistic disciplines to devise new forms — and it is always fun to experience the results.” Miramontes adds, “The Festival creates opportunities for the artists that are all too rare. There is a great need for infrastructure to develop new performances, especially in the dance community, so NOW tries to address that need each summer.”
TICKETS & INFORMATION
REDCAT's 12th Annual New Original Works (NOW) Festival 2015
Dates & Times:
Thursday, August 13 at 8:30 pm
Friday, August 14 at 8:30 pm
Saturday, August 15 at 8:30 pm
$20 general [$16 for members/students, $14 CalArts]
Seating is general admission and tickets are available for purchase in person at REDCAT Box Office, by phone at 213-237-2800, or online at redcat.org.
REDCAT’s Box Office is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon until 6 pm, or two hours prior to curtain. Group, member, student and CalArts faculty/staff discounts available.
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