REDCAT raises the stakes in 2017 with a bold international program of daring and provocative artists who confront the most vital issues of our time with intelligent, memorable experiences you won’t soon forget.
Based on Ingmar Bergman’s classic film, Persona is a provocative and artistically complex depiction of human frailty, cruelty and identity. In an isolated summer house, a young nurse becomes caretaker of a stage actress who has suddenly lost the ability to speak.
Noted scholars, curators, and artists join together to focus on artist Mike Kelley's last major project, Kandors, produced between 1999 and 2011. The symposium promotes dialogue on this important body of work and its themes while connecting them to a wider aspect of Kelley's complex and varied oeuvre.
In the 1980s, the multifaceted artist, painter and filmmaker from Venezuela, Diego Rísquez, undertook the daunting project of a trilogy about the real and mythical histories of the Latin American continent.
Virtuosic movement is experienced through heightened new dimensions in this daring collaboration between two former Merce Cunningham dancers and an iconic filmmaker expanding the corporeal and digital realms.
The conjunction “dance-war” may evoke images of war-dances in folklore or war propaganda – with military training or combat moves that are thematically represented and aestheticized in dancing or dance-like bodies. In this lecture, artist and researcher Bojana Cvejić reverses this perspective by exploring indirect, evasive, or grammatical relations and isomorphisms between war and dance.
REDCAT is a home for diverse artists and audiences who are interested in pushing the evolution of contemporary culture, and discovering new art forms for our complex and volatile world.
“Art is a mediator of the unspeakable,” wrote Goethe. Artists can open the mind and soul to help us comprehend beauty as well as atrocity; vibrancy as well as anguish. Many artists at REDCAT this fall are finding creative and profound ways to do both.
In the gallery, more than 20 Iranian artists explore complex social issues, while using the rich cultural significance and beauty of flowers as a starting point. In the theater, Dutch art collective Hotel Modern, who came to REDCAT in 2015 with an astonishing performance addressing the horror of WWI, return with an acclaimed and meticulous piece commemorating the worst atrocities of WWII; choreographer David Rousséve celebrates the life of composer Billy Strayhorn, who was a gay, African-American activist more than 60 years ago, and wrote some of Duke Ellington’s most famous music; wryly funny German/UK ensemble Gob Squad works with local performers to probe definitions of “beauty” and the grace of aging; the bi-coastal trio My Barbarian finds a way to confront economic injustice while making us laugh heartily and tap our toes to their band; and Brazilian director Christiane Jatahy merges cinema and theater to re-imagine the themes of anguish, hope and love in Chekhov’s Three Sisters.
There is much more—ranging from adventurous music and multi-media events, to groundbreaking film and video programs. These are events you’ll want to experience, not just hear about.
We hope to see you here, Mark Murphy The Steven D. Lavine Executive Director of REDCAT