THEATER: Skyview Double Feature
Written by Isabel Salazar
Directed by Dan Bonnell
Skyview Double Feature by Isabel Salazar reflects on the fragmentation between human reality and spirituality. Composed of two separate parts, Conception and Revelation, Skyview Double Feature can be viewed in two ways: either separately or in tandem. Dan Bonnell directs both pieces, presented by the CalArts School of Theater. Each segment focuses on a part of Mejia's journey. Searching for a sense of truth in her life, Mejia grapples with her own identity and the demands of the world surrounding her. When obstacles veer her off course, she is forced to face destiny in its' purest forms. Is fate what we make of it or is it out of our control? Through mystical encounters and transcendent experiences we join Mejia on her path of discovery.
REDCAT: Chilean director Guillermo Calderón’s lean, literary theater works are powerful explorations of political legacies distilled into tightly wrought drama. In this double bill, Calderón’s intimate and poetic language—demonstrated in the internationally acclaimed works Neva and Diciembre (seen at REDCAT in 2012 and 2011)—gives way to the cool complexities of public discourse. In Villa, three women gather around an architectural model of the Villa Grimaldi, a site where thousands were tortured and hundreds were “disappeared,” to debate the ideal adaptation of these blood-soaked facilities and grapple with a nation’s unwanted legacy. In Discurso, the same three actresses share the role of Michelle Bachelet, Chile’s recent president, to deliver an imagined farewell speech that abandons diplomatic parlance to reveal a leader’s aspirations, failures and humanity, amid the mechanizations of political life. Read more
CalArts, The Wild Beast
MUSIC: Music and dance still play an important role in the Javanese way of life. Today Javanese music and dance continues to be studied not only in Java, but all over the world. The CalArts Javanese gamelan Kyai Doro Dasih (Venerable Dream Come True) presents classical court music and dance as well as modern Javanese music and dances. Directed by Djoko Walujo Wimboprasetyo, and Nanik Wenten, Dance Director, with special guest Javanese dancer/choreographer Baghawan Ciptoning.