Initiated and funded by the Herb Alpert Foundation and administered by California Institute of the Arts since 1994, the Alpert Award in the Arts provides unrestricted annual prizes to five mid-career artists working in the fields of dance, film/video, music, theatre and the visual arts.
REDCAT presentations of work by Alpert Award recipients are made possible in part through the generous support of the foundation. Alpert Award artists featured at REDCAT include Paul Chan, Rinde Eckert, Pat Graney, Carl Hancock Rux, Vijay Iyer, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Anne LeBaron, Ralph Lemon, Victoria Marks, Bill Morrison, René Tajima-Peña and Walid Raad, among others.
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.