CalArtians are featured in the lineup of nine new contemporary works at the 16th annual New Original Works (NOW) Festival, running from July 25-Aug. 10 at REDCAT in Downtown Los Angeles.
Each summer, NOW Festival transmogrifies REDCAT into a cornucopia of dance, music, theater and multimedia performances. During the course of three weeks, the 2019 festival offers a stage to both emerging and established artists pushing the boundaries of their artistic disciplines.
- Actor Sola Bamis (Theater MFA 11) kicks off the festival in The Tutorial Part II: The White Tears Tea Steam, a “continuation of her revolutionary skincare routine and digital litany for Womanist survival” as presented by her digital alter ego @racheldolezall. Bamis’ piece critiques colorism in Hollywood while offering a four-week regimen of self-love and preservation for strong Black women.
- Samantha Shay (Theater BFA 12, MFA 16) directs Source Material’s music-theatre work A Thousand Tongues, a performance that interweaves a medley of sounds into a “tapestry of traditional music from all over the world.” Performer and vocalist Nini Julia Bang brings to life a story of isolation, vulnerability and the liminality between this world and the next.
- Artist Jesse Bonnell (Theater BFA 07) revives avant-garde playwright Richard Foreman’s texts in Paradise Island. The play explores that which exists between mundanity in a Parisian cafe setting and “the euphoric nature of the sublime hidden rhythms of the unknown.”
REDCAT Associate Director Edgar Miramontes characterizes the festival as a “vital initiative for experimentation and development that nurtures the creation of new interdisciplinary performances where artists share their unique perspectives, giving us an opportunity to view a changing world in different and imaginative ways …. The Festival creates opportunities for the artists that are all too rare. There is a great need for infrastructure to develop new performances, so NOW tries to address that need each summer.”
See the full event lineup here.
REDCAT New Original Works Festival
July 25—Aug. 10, 2019
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General admission $20, students and REDCAT members $16