Studio: Spring 2014 at REDCAT
REDCAT: REDCAT's Studio series is an ongoing, interdisciplinary program featuring informal new performance works and works-in-progress. This edition of Studio is programmed by guest curators Anna Oxygen and Malcolm Darrell, and offers adventurous audiences a glimpse at projects by emerging Los Angeles artists, including:
SARAH BAY WILLIAMS: YOU ARE SMASHING: A PIÑATA
A performance of celebration and enticement, Sarah Bay Williams’ You Are Smashing: A Piñata explores the moments of fueled collective energy produced in the act of destruction, accompanied by the deconstructed piano sounds of Paul Gachot.
Choreographer Lindsey Lollie’s Interval, a re-staged work for nine dancers with an original score by Paul Matthis, is a collage of visceral and improvisational movement exploring the overwhelming sensations and thoughts provoked by mind-altering substances.
JOHN HOGAN: CHAIR PIECE
In Chair Piece, artist John Hogan cleverly uses Clint Eastwood’s address to the 2012 Republican National Convention as the raw material for a performance satirizing the white American male’s sense of entitlement, eliciting discourse regarding privilege, power dynamics, and the individual’s role within institutions.
REBECCA BRUNO & MICHELLE JANE LEE: CRAVE
This rich visual and choreographic investigation blends multi-colored lighting elements and striking stage imagery to heighten the intrinsic tension between static visual poses and flowing movement. Sarah Kane’s powerful play Crave is the point of departure for choreographer Rebecca Bruno and visual artist Michelle Jane Lee.
PRUMSODUN OK: BELOVED (EXCERPT)
Mining the tradition of Khmer classical dance, interdisciplinary choreographer and dancer Prumsodun Ok layers evocative narration onto a lush soundscape to explore the love between men in the ritual-poetic space in which Khmer dance is set, revealing the charged eroticism of the ancient art form.
D. REUBEN SNYDER AKA CASPAR SONNET: KAHLOTUS
Through the use of instrumental mimicry, and musical juxtapositions of seemingly unrelated elements, composer and acoustic slide guitar player Caspar Sonnet performs an improvised musical experience utilizing microtonal/alternate tunings, loops, Ebow, and voice, creating a sound that seems simultaneously alien and familiar.