Redmoon to Host WINTER PAGEANT, 12/13-22
This December, Chicago's acclaimed Spectacle company Redmoon presents the 15th Annual Winter Pageant featuring collaborators The Happiness Club of Chicago, Kalapriya Dance, Indonesian Dance of Illinois, Pineapple Dance Studio, Mexican clown artist Fernando Córdova Hernández, aerialist Helena Reynolds and surf-rock band The San Andreas Fault. The approximately 50-minute-long production is directed by John Musial and Will Bishop with Redmoon Producing Artistic Director Frank Maugeri and choreographed by Pranita Jain. Redmoon's Winter Pageant takes place at the company's Pilsen home at 2120 S. Jefferson Street, December 13-15 and 20-22 (Fridays at 7 pm, Saturdays at 4 pm & 7 pm, Sundays at 1:30 pm & 4 pm). Press night will be opening night, Friday, December 13.
Open Access Builds
On the Saturdays leading up to Winter Pageant, November 16 - December 7, 12-2 pm each day, Redmoon opens its doors (2120 S. Jefferson Street) to the public for Open Access Builds, where community members of all ages build material and costumes and paint sets for Winter Pageant. Participants will be presented the opportunity to join Redmoon's "sewing circle," working with Redmoon's costume designer to sew and build costumes for the 40 performers, and will work with the scenic artists to paint large backdrops for the production. Open Access Builds participants then have a chance to come back to see their work in the production and will receive a "Friends of Redmoon" discount on their tickets.
About the Winter Pageant
The 2013 Winter Pageant presents a new original myth inspired by the poem "The Conference of the Birds" by Farid ud-Din Atta. It is an intersection between western and eastern culture and performance and Redmoon's robust history of puppet and object-based theater. Through masks, machines, song and dance, a cast of 40 interdisciplinary performers tells the story of a flock of birds that live a playful, happy life protected by their sacred Tree of Light until the Light is stolen by an evil Raven. The birds select a brave young Pigeon to retrieve the light, joined by a Dove, an unlikely partner. Together they venture through forests, under seas and through the Underworld on a journey of hope and discovery where they encounter colorful characters and unexpected creatures.
This collaborative project includes: the young hip-hop dancers of The Happiness Club; Indian dancers of Kalapriya led by Jain; the Southeast Asian dancers of Evanston-based Indonesian Dance of Illinois, led by Igusti Ngurah Kertayuda; belly dancers from Pineapple Dance Studio, led by Middle Eastern dance artist Erika Ochoa; and aerial artist Reynolds performing on a massive Redmoon machine. Together, these artists bring sumptuous life to Winter Pageant and its characters with both eastern and western contemporary dance. Córdova Hernández, from Mexico City-based clown company La Piara, joins his renowned clown artistry with the Redmoon ensemble. The San Andreas Fault, led by Rob Warmowski, completes the production with live, original music.
The 2013 Winter Pageant evokes themes of hope, community, family, strength, bravery and light within darkness, all apt for the holiday season. Audiences at this nontraditional family production can expect intricate mechanics, inventive shadow puppetry, delightful mask work and Redmoon's unique style of visual wonder.
Additionally, audiences of this year's Winter Pageant will enjoy post-show complimentary special treats provided by Eli's Cheesecake.
"I'm excited to return to the annual tradition of the Winter Pageant, with a large cast, machines, puppets and a non-traditional story, all in our new Pilsen home," said Maugeri. "I'm especially excited to watch John, Will and Pranita, along with our extraordinary guest artists, wrap their hands and minds around a new mythical story-telling experience that audiences will be able to access and understand through the universality of music, movement and imagery."
"Winter Pageant has always been a show I look forward to every year," noted Musial. "The theme of a community of performers and spectators coming together in the darkest part of the year to make our own light has always warmed me and seems especially important at this time of year. I am honored to work with my longtime friends at Redmoon and to have the opportunity to collaborate with new friends and cultural traditions."
"On behalf of Kalapriya Dance, I am looking forward to melding the intricate and intimate art of South Asian performing arts with the energetic and dynamic aesthetic of Redmoon and working collaboratively with Frank, John and Rob to create the Winter Pageant," added Jain.