REDCAT, CalArts' downtown center for contemporary arts, under the direction of Executive Director Mark Murphy, announces its 2013 Winter/Spring season featuring a diverse array of internationally acclaimed artists, theorists, filmmakers, and musicians. Through an energetic schedule of performances, exhibitions, concerts, screenings, and literary events, and with tickets as low as $10 and gallery exhibitions free, REDCAT offers Los Angeles audiences unique and affordable opportunities to experience work by celebrated leaders and fresh innovators.
Individual tickets are now available for purchase online at www.redcat.org, by phone at 213-237-2800 or in person at REDCAT's box office located at the corner of Hope and 2nd Streets in downtown Los Angeles (631 West 2nd Street, L.A. 90012). A full calendar of events and exhibitions with links to each event's webpage follows below, grouped by discipline. To explore the full season chronologically, visit www.redcat.org.
REDCAT's first theater event of 2013 is the soul-stirring and genre-defying red, black & GREEN: a blues, a new work investigating collective responsibility in an era of climate change from Alpert Award-winning spoken-word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph (Jan 31-Feb 3).
Famed New York-based theater ensemble The Wooster Group returns (Feb 21-24) and has invited Richard Maxwell of New York City Players to direct Early Plays, a theatrical adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's early "Glencairn" plays. Maxwell won a 2012 Obie Award for his direction of the production, which features performers from both companies.
Last seen in Los Angeles at the RADAR L.A. festival in 2011, Chilean writer/director Guillermo Calderón (Apr 25-28) and his expert ensemble of actors deliver powerful explorations of political legacies distilled into tightly wrought drama. Calderón makes his highly anticipated return to REDCAT with an intimate and poetic double bill, Villa + Discurso.
The Sharon Disney Lund Dance Series at REDCAT resumes in 2013 with the mesmerizing Los Angeles debut of Tokyo-based choreographer and video artist Hiroaki Umeda (Feb 14-17). Umeda conceives of each interdisciplinary event as a sensorial whole, drawing from hip-hop and Butoh dance vocabulary and layering the dance with beats and sonic textures as well as entrancing video and lighting effects.
REDCAT is proud to present the Los Angeles premiere of A History, wherein celebrated choreographer Bebe Miller (Apr 4-7) mines her own deep creative process and shares her latest duet with Los Angeles audiences.
Also scheduled are two editions of Studio Series (Mar 30-31 & June 1-2), REDCAT's quarterly program of six new works and works-in-progress which celebrate the vitality of L.A.'s next-generation artists making work for the stage; and a special evening of queer literary performance by San Francisco's infamous Sister Spit (Apr 11).
The Gallery at REDCAT continues its program of exhibitions with the international collective Slavs and Tatars (Feb 10-Mar 24) whose exhibition Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi'ite Showbiz examines the unlikely points of convergence in Poland and Iran's economic, social, political, religious and cultural histories, from 17th-century Sarmatism to the 21st-century Green Movement.
Then, for their first work produced within the U.S., London-based collective The Otolith Group presents Neophyte (Apr 21-Jun 16), a research-based inquiry into the gradual spiritualization of capitalism, and the state of California as a test-ground for both the importation of Hindu guru culture and the ideology of post-war production in the 1960s and '70s. In advance of the exhibition, a special screening of The Otolith Group's The Radiant (Feb 12) will be held in the theater.
Pulling from across the sonic spectrum, REDCAT presents a dynamic range of musical events with CEAIT Festival 2013 (Feb 7-8), Lou Harrison (Mar 2), Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra (Mar 29), wild Up (Apr 17), Christian Wolff (Apr 22-23), VLN & VLA, featuring Malcolm Goldstein (May 6), and Partch (June 7).
REDCAT's Conversation events include the first TEDxCalArts conference (Mar 9), Permanence of the Theologico-Political? with theorists Jean L. Cohen and Andrew Arato (Mar 20), On Cities and Creativity: A Conversation hosted by CalArts President Steven D. Lavine (Apr 9), the EMP Pop Conference 2013 (Apr 20), and a panel discussion of French philosopher Claude Lefort's phenomenological style and legacy as a political theorist and literary critic (May 1).