On July 26, 2012 REDCAT launches its ninth annual New Original Works Festival, a three-week celebration of Los Angeles' vibrant community of artists making work for the stage. Featuring nine new original works and works-in-progress by local dance, theater, music and multimedia artists, this year's festival will be held July 26, 2012 through August 11, 2012 with three distinct programs over three consecutive weekends.
"In the spirit of CalArts, REDCAT's parent institution, They transform their theater each summer into an artist-driven creative laboratory," remarks REDCAT Associate Director George Lugg, who oversees the festival. "Disciplines are challenged and blurred, traditions are re-imagined, and hybrid visions take hold. REDCAT's New Original Works Festival invites artists to take the next step in their artistic exploration and serves as a catalyst for new ideas—while offering audiences an inspiring view of a generation of artists among us."
Since REDCAT's inception, the festival has served as an integral part of REDCAT's mission to support the creation of new performance work by Los Angeles-based artists. Over its eight year history, the program boasts an impressive roster of alumni—including Lars Jan's Early Morning Opera, Kristina Wong, Sheetal Ghandi, Anne LeBaron, Wu Tsang, Michel
Kouakou, Christine Marie & Ensemble, Cloud Eye Control, and Meg Wolfe—which have gone on to receive national and international presentations and recognition.
This year's lineup promises to be bold with an Obie-Award winner, a recent music school graduate, a raucous theater ensemble, and a TED Fellow among the artists selected. Ranging from puppetry to opera, Khmer dance to pulsating digital music and imagery, the assortment of innovative multidisciplinary work being offered will reward adventurous audiences with three daring and distinctive programs over the three consecutive weeks.
WEEK 1 July 26, 27 & 28
POOR DOG GROUP: THE MURDER BALLAD
OPERA POVERA: TO VALERIE SOLANAS AND MARILYN MONROE IN RECOGNITION OF THEIR DESPERATION
SUSAN SIMPSON: EXHIBIT A
WEEK 2 August 2, 3 & 4
JINKU KIM: UNTITLED
PRUMSODUN OK: OF LAND AND SKY
WEEK 3 August 9, 10 & 11
EMILY MAST: B!RDBRA!N
MELANIE RIOS: LA TRIBU
HEATHER WOODBURY: AS THE GLOBE WARMS
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Note: All three works presented each night.