Rosanna Gamson/World Wide Sugar Houses

Rosanna Gamson/World Wide: Sugar Houses

"The choreography and music are gripping, the company is impressive and the uses of mixed-media are meaningful.”
Los Angeles Times

World Premiere

Presented as part of The Sharon Disney Lund Dance Series

To comply with the overnight directive of the California Department of Public Health and a mandate from the County of Los Angeles, effective today, March 12, 2020, all REDCAT performances and screenings are being postponed through April 19, 2020.


Cleverly pulling a deconstructed narrative from Hansel & Gretel and jumpscares from horror movies, Sugar Houses by celebrated choreographer Rosanna Gamson continues her kinetic investigation of ferocious and virtuosic physicality, evoking the grotesquery and violence of fairy tales and the primal bond of siblings. Sugar Houses uses the Grimms’ tale and historical texts wrapped in the devices and structure of the horror genre to expose hidden histories, the real-world dynamics of white privelege, scapegoating, antisemitism, and the complexity and complicity of looking the other way. Performed by six singer/dancer/actors, Sugar Houses responds to the everydayness of hate-fueled incidents in the new normal. The performers hauntingly light themselves and each other and scribe chalk drawings, writings, and erasures, transforming REDCAT throughout the performance. Traditional American songs arranged by Fahad Siadat and Tomasz Krzyzanowski and witches’ spells by famed horror writer Brian Evenson are performed by the performers, with live sonic sampling by Simon Greenberg.

The presentation of Sugar Houses was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Production residency funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The creation and performances of Sugar Houses are made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs; and by the CalArts Faculty Development Fund.


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WED 3/25
8:30 pm
THU 3/26
8:30 pm
FRI 3/27
8:30 pm
SAT 3/28
8:30 pm
SUN 3/29
3:00 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff