REDCAT’s ongoing, quarterly Studio series returns for its spring edition on Sunday and Monday (March 22-23). The program features informal new works and works-in-progress that experiment with forms of dance, theater and performance art, and includes pieces by Herb Alpert Award-winning choreographer Victor Marks and composer Joe Westerlund, theater artist Shawn Brown (Theater MFA 16), dance-theater artist Sarah Leddy, choreographer Stephanie Zaletel’s (Dance BFA 12) company Szalt, and singer-songwriter and visual artist Lex Brown.
Marks, who received the Herb Alpert Award for dance in 1997, teams with Westerlund to create the work, Solar Duplex, which “captures ‘un-choreograph-able’ movements, connecting a spectrum from sexual pleasure to social dance.” Westerlund provides a percussive score.
Shawn Brown, a current CalArts MFA acting student, presents his theater production, Iami: Deos, The Martyr, which he wrote and directed. The visually immersive multimedia work plays out the “complexities of martyrdom in a fantasy world, The Eversphere.”
Leddy’s latest dance-theater project, A Beautiful Game, focuses on the ritual aspects of soccer. Six performers are divided into two teams to play a choreographic game in which movement vocabulary is manipulated using soccer-themed devices such as fouls, replays and substitutions.
CalArtian dancer and choreographer Stephanie Zaletel’s f l w r 1 will be performed by her dance ensemble, Szalt. The piece “teeters on the edges of youthfulness and maturity,” exploring the floundering transitions between girlhood, womanhood and love.
Singer-songwriter and visual artist Lex Brown presents a “live-album” interpretation of her song-cycle, American Flag, which includes tracks ranging from global warming to racism in modern America.
Spring 2015 Studio was programmed by guest curators Jessica Emmanuel (Dance BFA 06) and Justin Veach (Critical Studies MFA 05).
Check the REDCAT site for information on how to apply for the next Studio.
REDCAT Spring Studio 2015
March 22-23, 2015
Tickets: General $15, Students $12, CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff $8