Like life, art happens 24/7.
And what better place to capture both than the blogosphere? And at CalArts?
As a learning institution, part of our mission is to prepare students for the “real world” – one that’s filled with opportunities to create, reinterpret and share their work across disciplines and across boundaries.
Artists who study, teach and perform at CalArts and REDCAT take that mission to heart by constantly building on – and breaking – traditions, bringing us fresh perspectives on a constantly changing world:
- The Wooster Group’s June production of La Didone at REDCAT was a mashup of two very different Italian works: Francesco Cavalli’s opera, with libretto by Francesco Busenello, (1641) and Mario Bava’s 1965 cult movie Terrore nello spazio (released as Planet of the Vampires in the U.S.). It was exciting, it was modern. Not bad for a piece with roots in a 17th century opera.
- The recently released 2009 CalArts Jazz CD (like its predecessors) showcases traditional jazz, funk and world music from students’ own compositions and reimagined works.
- And the upcoming New Original Works (NOW) Festival at REDCAT (July 23-Aug. 8 ) serves as an incubator for eight new works by Los Angeles dance, theater, music and multimedia performance artists.
We hope to share stories like these with our readers, creating a place meant for both discovery and dialogue, of performances and people. So please feel free to visit often, drop us a line and debate us — your comments are invited.
Again, welcome to 24700.