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Wooster Group leads REDCAT's winter/spring 2010 season

December 17, 2009 |  5:28 am

Mcdormand The return of the Wooster Group headlines REDCAT's winter and spring 2010 lineup, which was announced this week. Also included in the roster are groups from Brazil, Chile and Japan, as well as some notable local artists.

The Wooster Group will perform its touring production of "North Atlantic" Feb. 10-21. The cast features Frances McDormand and Maura Tierney, plus most of the familiar Wooster faces -- Kate Valk, Scott Shepherd and Ari Fliakos. The play, which is directed by Wooster head Elizabeth LeCompte, examines the role of the military in American culture during the Cold War.

As Culture Monster previously reported, the Wooster Group is currently taking part in a four-year partnership with REDCAT. A production of "Vieux Carre," the group's new work, was originally scheduled to open at REDCAT in February but it was postponed and replaced with "North Atlantic," according to a spokeswoman for the theater.

The Brazilian dance troupe Grupo de Rua will perform "H3" Jan. 19-23. The nine-member ensemble uses street-dance moves as well as hip-hop in numbers that are choreographed by Bruno Beltrão.

Chile's Teatro en el Blanco will present the West Coast premiere of "Diciembre" Feb. 24-27. Performed in Spanish with English supertitles, the play takes place in the near future in a city that is being attacked by Peruvian forces. Guillermo Calderón wrote the play and also directs.

Los Angeles choreographer Rosanna Gamson will stage "Tov" March 18-27. The production features a cast of eight American and Polish performers, with text spoken and sung in Hebrew, Polish, German and English. This "dance-drama" focuses on the story of the tarpan, which is an extinct species of Eurasian wild horses.

The West Coast premiere of choreographer John Jasperse's new work is set to play April 14-18. "Truth, Revised Histories, Wishful Thinking, and Flat-Out Lies" features parts for six performers and will include music by composer Hahn Rowe performed by the group ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble).

A solo show by poet and theater artist Carl Hancock Rux will run April 22-24. The show, titled "Poesia Negra: Race, Sex and the Myth of the American Mytopia," features a recitation of original poems, a cappella numbers and spoken word.

L.A. dance artist Lionel Popkin will perform his work "There is an Elephant in this Dance" May 20-23. Popkin will be joined on stage by three other performers who will dance to an original score by Robert Een.

In the art gallery, REDCAT will feature a collaborative exhibition by artists Park Chan-Kyong and Sean Snyder (Feb. 18 to April 18); a group show titled "Never Very Far Apart," featuring works by eight artists (April 29 - Jun. 27); and a solo show by Taiwanese artist Chen Chieh-jen titled "Empire's Borders II" (July 8 - Sep. 5). 

-- David Ng

Photo: Frances McDormand, who will appear in the Wooster Group's "North Atlantic." Credit: Ari Mintz / For The Times