NOW Festival 2018: Week One

New Original Works Festival 2018: Week One

Jasmine Orpilla with Peter Deguzman, Miwa Matreyek with Morgan Sorne, Jmy James Kidd and Tara Jane O’Neil

"This is the festival that keeps weird, live performance relevant, dangerous and alive." —KPCC

SEE ALL 3 PROGRAMS FOR $40 BY PURCHASING A NOW FEST PASS HERE or by calling the REDCAT box office at 213-237-2800 (Tue-Sat, 12-6 pm).

Note: All three works presented each night.

Live music is featured in each of the new projects premiering in the first week of the New Original Works Festival. The NOW Festival kicks off with a program of works by Jasmine Orpilla with Peter Deguzman, Miwa Matreyek with Morgan Sorne, Jmy James Kidd and Tara Jane O’Neil. 

Jasmine Orpilla with Peter Deguzman: How Many Years Did We Fight the Beast Together

A unique soprano arrangement with kulintang gongs merges with Pangalay dancers in shadow, as composer/singer Jasmine Orpilla revisits timeless Filipino traditions in collaboration with Peter Deguzman, artistic director of Malaya Filipino-American Dance Arts. Activist poet Carlos Bulosan inspires the ritualized operatic performance deconstructing the Filipino body via food, indigenous dance and languages, and ancient, cyclical music.

"Jasmine Orpilla [can] instantly transform into a bastion of power.” - LA Weekly

Miwa Matreyek with Morgan Sorne: Eat Your Young

Blending fantastical animation with live shadow play, ingenious animator/performer Miwa Matreyek pushes the boundaries of realism in this collaboration with sound artist Morgan Sorne and his otherworldly five-octave vocal range. In the visual kaleidoscope of complex shape-shifting imagery of the anthropocene, Matreyek’s cinematic work Eat Your Young is accompanied live by Sorne’s song of the same name. 

Matreyek’s work is more than mere visual wizardry."  - Fabric Magazine

"If Tool and Jeff Buckley had an orgy on Peyote in the desert and created a love child, that baby would be Sorne; Rooted in the transfiguration of suffering into something that gives life. - RealitySandwich

"SORNE is one of the most exciting voices to emerge lately; incendiary, hallucinatory storytelling” - Newfound Journal

Jmy James Kidd and Tara Jane O’Neil: solid, like a rock 

22 Sunland dancers give ecstatic life to a bold and fleshy choreographic event created by Jmy James Kidd with composer and instrumentalist Tara Jane O’Neil. To a compelling score for effect-manipulated solo bass, the performers wildly bound through the air or slither on the ground, relishing a connection to nature and spirit through an unguarded, purely female expressive vocabulary with an allied group of humans. 

 "Masterfully wild movements...resilient and rebounding.” - Riting 

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The New Original Works Festival is made possible by generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rosenfeld Fund for Special Projects, and REDCAT Circle donors.

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THU 7/19
8:30 pm
FRI 7/20
8:30 pm
SAT 7/21
8:30 pm

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