John Jasperse Company

John Jasperse Company with ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble): Truth, Revised Histories, Wishful Thinking, and Flat-Out Lies

“Entertaining. Lush. Funny… Jasperse seems here to have tapped into his inner vaudevillian. Truth exerts its charms from the moment the lights go up.” The New York Times

“When John Jasperse makes a new work, it should be seen: end of story.” The New York Times

West Coast premiere
The Sharon Disney Lund Dance Series

In this witty, meticulously devised collage set to a score for string quartet and electronics, one of the dance world’s most astute and influential innovators turns his keen attentions to the often fluid boundaries between reality and fantasy, belief and illusion, the sincere and the ironic. By juxtaposing varied styles of dance, performance and music, Jasperse asks us to examine what we believe, what we don’t, and why. In particular, he looks to the wider history of performance practice, in which illusion has been alternately cultivated, in the service of creating theatrical magic, and shunned, in the search for an honest or demystified expression. Along the way we explore a panoply of heresies, radical ideas, delusional thoughts—and just plain nonsense. Rich with wry humor, Truth features movement for six performers and composer Hahn Rowe’s original music, played by ICE. Lighting (with Joseph Levasseur), sets, props, and even oddball magic tricks are all designed by Jasperse.

Listen to excerpts from Hahn Rowe's score

Co-presented with National Performance Network (NPN). Co-produced by the Forsythe Company. Co-commissioned by REDCAT, the Walker Art Center, the Joyce Theater, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and NPN, with support provided by the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Major contributors to NPN are the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency), the MetLife Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. Additional support provided by Meet the Composer’s Commissioning Music/USA program and the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts.

Associated Images: 

WED 4/14
8:30 pm
THURS 4/15 
8:30 pm
FRI 4/16
8:30 pm
SAT 4/17
8:30 pm
SUN 4/18
3 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff