Known for her intensely powerful performances, Bessie Award–winning Okwui Okpokwasili (featured at REDCAT in Ralph Lemon’s How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere) considers the collective amnesia around the Nigerian women’s resistance movements of the past century.
Over the past fifteen years, Montreal-based film artist Daïchi Saïto has created a singular body of analog film work in which the rigor of his conceptualization and execution is matched only by the intense beauty and power of his images.
Dave Hullfish Bailey is an artist based in Los Angeles, whose work contemplates the complex ecologies of communal organization and ways of living together, from successive waves of modernization and colonialization of the American landscape to utopian communities and countercultural experiments.
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