REDCAT Announces Fall 2009 Season

August 5
3:32 2009
REDCAT Announces Fall 2009 Season

Mark Murphy, executive director of REDCAT (the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater), today announced programming for REDCAT's 2009 Fall Season. REDCAT's seventh season introduces Los Angeles to some of the most dynamic and influential developments in performing, visual and media arts from around the world.

"I'm excited to unveil our most international and ambitious season yet," announces Executive Director Mark Murphy. "Influential artists and thinkers from over 25 countries are bringing our theater, gallery and lounge to life with provocative new work exploring our rapidly changing world. They are confronting vital issues, inventing new artistic forms, challenging traditions and inspiring audiences. They are influential cultural leaders from around the world--as well as emerging artists who are sure to have great future impact."

Murphy continues, "At this very important moment in global history, artists and contemporary culture are more important than ever. I'm thrilled that record-breaking crowds have been filling REDCAT so far this year, taking us up on our invitation to play a role in the larger international dialogue about the evolution of contemporary art forms."

To encourage visitors to come often and bring friends, REDCAT is keeping its ticket prices low and gallery events free. Tickets for most events go on sale through the box office Tuesday, August 11, 2009.

With an expansive reach into today's wealth of contemporary art from around the world, REDCAT's Fall Season promises to engage audiences with an abundance of exhilarating premieres, including REDCAT's newly commissioned Under Polaris, a multimedia work by the collaborative team Cloud Eye Control, which exemplifies REDCAT's dedication to nurturing new work by Los Angeles artists. The piece is co-commissioned by REDCAT in partnership with the National Contemporary Art Center's Network, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Arts and the National Performance Network.

In a special February, 2010 engagement, celebrated New York performance ensemble The Wooster Group continues its four-year series of REDCAT residencies with a new re-staging of their acclaimed 1983 Reagan-era work North Atlantic, a satiric music and dance infused event that looks at the role of the military and the growing influence of technology in American culture during the later stages of the Cold War. Written for the group by James Strahs and directed by Elizabeth LeCompte, the work features Wooster Group members Ari Fliakos, Scott Shepherd, Kate Valk with Frances McDormand, winner of an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1996 for Fargo. Performances will take place February 10 through 21, 2010.

The complete Fall 2009 Season, organized by genre, follows these fall highlights:


REDCAT's captivating theatrical events this fall feature a four-week run and West Coast premiere of Arias with a Twist, a stupendously madcap, brilliantly imagined fantasy, where the soaring song stylings of chanteuse Joey Arias are surrounded by an eye-popping theatrical wonderland conjured by a team of six puppeteers directed by the legendary Basil Twist; the US premiere of the award-winning Belarus Free Theatre's Discover Love, a gripping original drama based on the true story of dissident Irina Krasovskaya and her husband Anatoly; and the world premiere of Under Polaris, the latest mix of projected animation, live theater and electronic music by young Los Angeles-based multimedia ensemble Cloud Eye Control.


Fall dance highlights include Maybe Forever, a theatrical reverie on love's promise lost, by celebrated American choreographer Meg Stuart who, according to The New York Times "does not visit these shores enough..." and Viennese independent choreographer Philipp Gehmacher; Beautiful Me, a compelling solo work by South African choreographer and dancer, Gregory Maqoma, fusing precision, lyrical warmth and humor in a heartfelt reflection on what it means to be a postmodern African dance artist today; and a full-scale reproduction of Anna Halprin's landmark of postmodern dance, parades & changes, replays featuring music performed live by Morton Subotnick.


Reaching into the depths of eastern and western music traditions, AH! Interactive Opera, No-Opera, brings together pioneer of experimental music David Rosenboom and an exceptional ensemble of ten composer-performers from across the globe for an interactive experience to which the audience can participate and contribute; Los Angeles-based web radio DUBLAB celebrates their 10th anniversary with psych-folk singer Linda Perhacs, who will perform for the first time ever music from her 1970s album Parallelogram; Mexican-American pianist Ana Cervantes makes her Los Angeles debut; and Gamelan Burat Wangi returns to REDCAT with an ensemble of 25 gamelan players and 14 dancers to enact an exquisite Balinese adaptation of the Ramayana, the ancient Hindu epic brought to Bali from India more than a millennium ago.


Continuing its bold and provocative scope, REDCAT's film/video series features numerous Los Angeles and US premieres with post-screening discussions with the artists. Highlights include a projection performance by Alpert Award winner Bruce McClure; the Los Angeles premiere of Ulrike Ottinger's The Korean Wedding Chest; a rare presentation of Sun Xun's animation oeuvre; and a speciAl Halloween celebration featuring a two-night screening of one of the earliest and creepiest horror films--a masterpiece of German Expressionism--The Golem, accompanied by live music and a cast of ghouls directed by Brian LaBarton, best known as Beck's music director.


Dedicated to lively civic discourse among artists, audiences, and the greater Los Angeles community, REDCAT's Conversation series continues with a caucus of influential architects dedicated to "supportive housing" solutions for the homeless in Los Angeles; a can't-miss reading celebrating the publication of an important new anthology of writing on film, Life As We Show It, by four of its award-winning contributors; and a conversation and screening focusing on the intersection of site-specific choreography and media with renowned choreographers Stephan Koplowitz, Joanna Haigood and David Rousseve.


REDCAT's commitment to presenting visual artists from the Pacific Rim is embodied in The Gallery at REDCAT's upcoming fall exhibitions. September 12 through November 18 The Gallery at REDCAT exhibits Mexico City-based artist Abraham Cruzvillegas' newly commissioned film shot in his childhood neighborhood of Ajusco, a district in the south of Mexico City founded by migrants who settled there in the 1960s on what was deemed uninhabitable land. Working with local, non-professional actors, the film's unconventional narrative format (with no dialogue) engages Cruzvillegas' interest in autoconscrucción (or self-construction) exploring economies of the makeshift, the recycled and handmade. November 19 through January 17, in collaboration with curator Hou Hanru of the San Francisco Art Institute, The Gallery at REDCAT presents the final presentation of the three-cycle project, Everyday Miracles (Extended). The exhibition brings together the work of seven remarkable artists, who poignantly reflect the dynamic shifts across Asia over the last 30 years. Everyday Miracles (Extended) seeks to expand upon discourses of feminism in Asia and beyond and explores the emergence of the extraordinary in art and the everyday.


The complete Fall 2009 Season, organized by genre, follows below. A chronological schedule is also available for download at:


For photographs of select events and biographies for news media, contact Diana Wyenn at


Opened by CalArts in 2003, REDCAT introduces diverse audiences, students and artists to the most influential developments in the arts from around the world, and gives artists in this region the creative support they need to achieve national and international stature.

REDCAT is the newest partner in an international network of adventurous art and performance centers, which together are playing a vital role in the evolution of contemporary culture. REDCAT is a center for experimentation, discovery and lively civic discourse.


Each year, under the curatorial direction of Clara Kim, the Gallery at REDCAT produces five exhibitions; hosts two or three artist residencies; and publishes up to two catalogues a year (often, the first major monograph on the artist's work). The Gallery identifies significant emerging and mid-career artists worldwide who have not had exhibition opportunities in Los Angeles. REDCAT has presented projects with artists based in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, México City, Monterrey, São Paulo, Seoul, Tokyo, Bangkok, Beijing, Ho Chi Minh City, Copenhagen, Berlin and Marseille, encouraging dialogue between artists based in Los Angeles and those working abroad and contributing to the city's growing role as an international arts hub.

Tuesday-Sunday, noon-6pm or curtain | Free


Open to the public six days a week, the Lounge offers a full-service bar, fine espresso, free wireless and a great selection of books for sale reflecting not only the interests of our patrons, but also REDCAT's vigorous programming. Additionally, the REDCAT Lounge hosts a variety of free events throughout the year including music, informal discussions, readings, receptions and post-show gatherings.

Tuesday-Friday: 9am-8pm or post-show
Saturday-Sunday: noon-8pm or post-show


For tickets and information about REDCAT's Fall 2009 Season, contact REDCAT's Box Office at 213-237-2800 or visit (for press information contact Diana Wyenn at 213-237-2873 or

General admission tickets to all REDCAT events go on sale to the public August 11, 2009 through the box office, by phone at 213-237-2800, or online at The box office, located at the corner of 2nd and Hope Streets, is open Tuesday-Saturday from noon until 6pm and 2 hours prior to any performance.

For savings of up to 15% off single ticket prices, subscriptions are available for patrons ordering tickets to five or more events. Call the box office at 213-237-2800 for details and additional benefits.


Ovation TV, REDCAT Circle Season Sponsor
The Standard, Official Hotel Sponsor
Yamaha Pianos, Official Piano Sponsor
KCRW, Media Sponsor
Los Angeles Magazine, Media Sponsor


October 1-3, 2009
U.S. premiere
Belarus Free Theatre: Discover Love
Established in 2005 in response to repression in "Europe's last dictatorship," the award-winning Belarusian company--now outlawed at home--stages a gripping original drama based on the true story of dissident Irina Krasovskaya and her husband Anatoly, who was "disappeared" 10 years ago. Performed in Russian with supertitles in English.
Thur Oct 1-Sat Oct 3 | 8:30 pm
$25 [students $20, CalArts $12]

October 9, 2009
Pieter-Dirk Uys: Elections and Erections
Afrikaner socialite Evita Bezuidenhout, "the most famous white woman in South Africa," is now hoping to follow in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela as she sets her sights on the highest office in the land in wily Cape Town satirist, Pieter-Dirk Uys' latest edition of his achingly funny one-man assault on political folly.
Fri Oct 9 | 8:30 pm
$20 [students $16, CalArts $10]

October 14-17, 2009
World premiere
Cloud Eye Control: Under Polaris
On a quest to preserve, inside pristine shards of ice at the top of the world, a seed containing the wealth of all human history, Cloud Eye Control charts an epic journey across a vast arctic expanse with a mix of projected animation, live theater and electronic music.
Thurs Oct 14-Sat Oct 17 | 8:30 pm
$20 [students $16, CalArts $10]

November 1-2, 2009
Studio: Fall 09
The ongoing series for new works and works-in-progress offers adventurous audiences the opportunity to experience original, ambitiously offbeat performances by an interdisciplinary mix of experimental Los Angeles artists.
Sun Nov 1-Mon Nov 2 | 8:30 pm
$12 [students $8, CalArts $6]

November 18-December 13, 2009
West Coast premiere
Joey Arias and Basil Twist: Arias with a Twist
In this deliriously madcap fantasy revue, the soaring song stylings of drag diva Joey Arias are surrounded by an eye-popping theatrical extravaganza conjured by a team of puppeteers directed by the legendary Basil Twist. Celluloid dreams, macabre nightmares and bizarre premonitions take the audience on a breathless ride that concludes with a stupendous Busby Berkeley-esque finale.
Nov 18-Sat Dec 13 (Dark on Mondays and Nov 26)
Tues-Sat | 8:30 pm
Sun | 7:00 pm
$35-40 [students $28-32, CalArts $18-20]

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