REDCAT recently announced its 2012 Winter/Spring Season lineup, which features an eclectic mix of local and world-renown innovators in dance, theater, music, film/video, visual and multimedia work. The schedule includes a number of artists and performers from the CalArts community.
On Jan. 25-29, Alpert Award-winner Rinde Eckert presents an Obie Award-winning work of music-theater, And God Created Great Whales, to open REDCAT's new season of theater and dance. Hailed as "total magic" by The New York Times, the piece is "a morbidly funny and deeply moving journey into the psyche of an eccentric composer completing his final opus: an opera based on Melville's Moby-Dick."
In February, fresh from performances at the Sundance Film Festival, award-winning director and media artist Lars Jan (Theater MFA 08) and his company Early Morning Opera present Abacus (Feb. 2–5), "a genre-defying, visually immersive production."
Later that month, REDCAT welcomes Argentine writer-director Marian Pensotti's The Past is a Grotesque Animal (Feb 23–26), an internationally acclaimed work that "tracks a quartet of characters through a decade of love, loss and adventure." The project incorporates a large-scale revolving set that transforms into dozens of different locales.
Work from the CalArts community is featured in several events this season.
Vintage analogue synth music is showcased at CEAIT Festival 2012 on Feb. 10-11, and the John Cage Centenary Festival (Feb. 15-16) features rarely played music celebrating the 100th anniversary of experimental composer John Cage’s birth. Ensembles such as The California E.A.R. Unit and the Karmetik Machine Orchestra also include performances from CalArts alumni, student and faculty musicians and sound artists.
On March Mar. 3-11, director Martín Acosta's Timboctou takes the REDCAT stage. The theater piece is a unique collaboration between the CalArts Center for New Performance and its bilingual theater initiative Duende CalArts and the University of Guadalajara's Cultura presenting organization.
More on the production from REDCAT:
Two of the Mexican theater’s most influential provocateurs—award-winning playwright Alejandro Ricaño and celebrated director Martín Acosta—lead a binational cast and creative team in this world premiere co-production set against the disquieting backdrop of the Mexican drug wars and volatile U.S.-Mexico border politics.
REDCAT aims to keep its ticket prices low and gallery events free for the new season, encouraging visitors "to come often and bring friends." Tickets for REDCAT's 2012 Season are now available.