REDCAT’s quarterly program of new works and works-in-progress highlights new forms of dance, theater, music and multimedia performance in a wide-ranging evening that celebrates the vitality of LA’s artists making work for the stage.
Origin of the Alimonies is a multidisciplinary opera by Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, the founder of Liturgy, the “transcendental black metal” band which The New York Times praised as “hungry for other musical languages, devouring them and putting them to work.”
Following its world premiere at the Berlinale and its U.S. premiere at Art of the Real, Breathless Animals constantly surprises and unsettles the viewer by keeping the titular animals off-screen—within the cadence of the speaker’s nonlinear memory.
Coinciding with the centenary of Chavela Vargas, the unforgettable voice of La Llorona, Los Angeles-based artist Dorian Wood honors Chavela with Xavela Lux Aeterna, a riveting personal tribute with original compositions and folk music from Costa Rica.
The Gallery at REDCAT presents Adelita Husni Bey: CHIRON, an exhibition that includes the West Coast premiere of Husni Bey’s most recent film and installation Chiron (2019), commissioned and premiered by the New Museum in January 2019.
REDCAT, CalArts' downtown center for contemporary arts, announces adventurous international and LA performances featured in the Fall of 2019 beginning on September 12, 2019.
In the gallery, Adelita Husni Bey explores healing and activism in her site-specific exhibition of works in CHIRON, where she probes questions about the global immigration crisis, the complexity of collectivity, and the human and social consequences of imperialist ventures. In the theater, acclaimed Dominican-born and Florida-raised Ligia Lewis, who came to REDCAT as part of the PST Festival in 2018, engages gothic imagery to consider entanglements of nature, the feminine, and blackness. The writings of Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz are mined by Polish director Natalia Korczakowska in a searing work about protecting our individuality from the soulless social machine of Western civilization. Los Angeles-based Dorian Wood, accompanied by an exquisite string quartet, gives a riveting personal tribute to the legendary Chavela Vargas.
Music highlights include Peter Vermeesch and FLAT EARTH SOCIETY celebrating its 20-year jubilee and the 100th anniversary of Ernst Lubitsch’s landmark 1919 film The Oyster Princess (Die Austernprinzessin); and the Los Angeles premiere of a new opera by Hunter Hunt Hendrix performed with Ulrich Krieger's Sonic Boom and the "black metal" band Liturgy.
Film at REDCAT features premieres of films by James Benning, Alexandra Cuestra, Juan Pablo González, Sylvia Schedelbauer and the special series Mur Murs inspired by Agnès Varda. The Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry presents acclaimed Suquamish poet Cedar Sigo.