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REDCAT, CalArts’ downtown center for contemporary arts, announces the 14th annual New Original Works (NOW) Festival, a three-week celebration of Los Angeles’ vibrant community of artists creating new contemporary performance works. This year’s festival runs over three weekends: Thursday to Saturday, July 27-29, August 3-5 and August 10-12 at 8:30 pm. Each weekend premieres a triple bill, presenting a shared evening of dance, theater and multimedia work. Each program is premiered on Thursday evening and repeated Friday and Saturday evenings.
REDCAT’s annual NOW Festival launches the first performances of a wide range of new works created by Los Angeles-based artists and creative teams. REDCAT becomes a creative laboratory to research and create new projects with an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaborative works. NOW is the only program of its kind in Los Angeles, offering sustained support for the creation of new works for 14 years. NOW has become renowned as an important catalyst for artists launching new ideas and has launched more than 100 new productions.
Jessica Emmanuel: Witnessing Her
Jessica Emmanuel’s commanding presence and starkly impassioned movements capture the essence of the vicarious trauma triggered by images, sounds, stories and details of senseless black deaths. A seemingly viral wave of violence belies the deeply personal impact of each confrontation, each bullet and each chalk outline.
Stacy Dawson Stearns: LOVE GASOLINE!
Bessie Award-winner Stacy Dawson Stearns constructs a scintillating mix of video and highly visceral movement theater to probe the erotic machine of Marcel Duchamp’s famously unfinished The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (or the Large Glass). LOVE GASOLINE!unveils the humorous complexity of desire using five eloquent performers, punctuated by bursts of original music, “readymade” sounds, and vivid film sequences.
Nancy Keystone: Untitled Communion
Whiplashed by the accelerating waves of madness in a tumultuous political time, Nancy Keystone and cross-disciplinary collective, Critical Mass Performance Group – take the audience on a whirlwind journey that careens between resistance, fun, panic, thrashing and persistence. Fueled by Jacob Richard’s live music, it is a boisterous cri-de-coeur that also features “sparkles and communion.”
Luis Lara Malvacías and Jeremy Nelson: C
In movement rich with rhythmic juxtapositions, Luis Lara Malvacías and Jeremy Nelson navigate a domestic environment, evoked by furniture and décor, in their collaboration C. Video imagery on multiple surfaces enhances this astute exploration of time—the latest in a series of highly structured improvisational duets they are creating—one for each letter of the alphabet: A to Z.
Timur and The Dime Museum: Artaud in the Black Lodge
Artaud in the Black Lodge explores the imagined psychic connections between Antonin Artaud, William S. Burroughs and David Lynch. Drawing from the worlds of heavy metal and electronica, composer David T. Little, collaborates with librettist/poet Anne Waldman, director Lydia Steier and operatic rock band Timur and The Dime Museum.