Canto de Todes

Dorian Wood

About

Dorian Wood’s Canto de Todes (Song of Everyone) is a 12-hour composition and installation, making its worldwide debut at REDCAT. Inspired by a lyric of the late Chilean singer and songwriter Violeta Parra, the Creative Capital-awarded project emphasizes the urgency of folk music as a vessel for social change. A genre-defying canon of songs arriving as a long-durational spatial experience, the work is divided into three movements. The first and third movements are hourlong chamber pieces influenced by folk, popular, and experimental music. The second movement is a 10-hour prerecorded piece unfolding throughout multiple spaces within REDCAT. Canto de Todes upends the expectation of the rigidness often associated with witnessing chamber music performances by offering a welcoming space that allows for individuals to project their personal, communal joys, and traumas. It is a collaborative work with local artists to permanently incorporate their respective visions into the body of this evolving piece.

 

Please note: Canto de Todes contains nudity and loud sounds.

Presented in English and Spanish without surtitles.

The performance starts at 8:30 PM and concludes twelve hours later. Entry and exit is allowed throughout the duration of the event.

The performer, who bends genres as much as [they] bend gender, in performances that are a little bit torch song and a lot avant-garde, delivers vocals that offer sublime beauty and pain.

Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times

Canto de Todes is a world premiere production.

Dorian Wood is a recipient of the 2020 Creative Capital Award.

about the artist

Dorian Wood

Dorian Wood (she/they) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. Using subject matter informed by her own perspective as a genderfluid brown person, a child of Costa Rican and Nicaraguan immigrants, and an autodidact, Wood’s intent of “infecting” spaces and ideologies with her artistic practice is born from a desire to challenge traditions and systems that have contributed to the marginalization of people. Her work has been showcased in concert halls and performance spaces around the world, including at institutions such as The Broad (Los Angeles), REDCAT (Los Angeles), Museo Nacional Del Prado (Madrid), and Teatro de la Ciudad Esperanza Iris (Mexico City). From 2019 to 2020, Wood completed several successful tours throughout Europe, Mexico, and the U.S. with her chamber orchestra tribute to Chavela Vargas, XAVELA Lux Aeterna. In 2022, Wood debuted her tribute to the singer Lhasa De Sela, Lhasa, at the Festival Internacional de Arte Sacro in Madrid. Wood is a MacDowell fellow and a Loghaven fellow, as well as the recipient of a 2020 Creative Capital Award and a 2020 Art Matters Foundation grant. She has released over a dozen recordings, most recently the albums Invasiva (2022) and 2020’s back-to-back releases Ardor and Reactor.

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