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REDCAT announces lineup for first half of 2011

December 16, 2010 |  9:42 am

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The Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater in downtown Los Angeles will announce its lineup for the first half of 2011 Thursday. The roster, featuring the usual mix of theater, art, music and film, will include programs dedicated to artist-composer George Herms and artist Geoffrey Farmer, as well as a dance program at the Million Dollar Theater, the former downtown movie palace.

Herms' "The Artist's Life" (Feb. 3–5) is a jazz opera featuring large-scale sculptural instruments, live and recorded video and a seven-piece orchestra led by Bobby Bradford. 

"Tempest: Without a Body," a new dance piece by New Zealand-based director-choreographer Lemi Ponifasio and his company MAU, will take place at the Million Dollar Theater (April 1-2) and feature Polynesian-inspired dance and theater.

Other staged theatrical offerings will include "Show Your Face!" (Jan. 19-23), from Betontanc and Umka.lv; and "Silver for Gold (The Odyssey of Edie Sedgwick)" (April 14-17), from the musician known as David J., co-founder of the goth bands Bauhaus and Love & Rockets.

Artist Geoffrey Farmer will present an evolving exhibition (Feb. 18-April 10) described as a "sculpture play," featuring found and composed objects, props and costumes altered on site by the artist and a group of collaborators throughout the course of the exhibition.

Other art exhibitions will include shows by Kim Beon (April 22–June 19) and Jesse Jones (July 1–Aug. 28).

The season's musical lineup will include an appearance by famed Russian contemporary composer Sofia Gubaidulina (May 15-17) and a concert by The Harry Partch Ensemble (June 10-11).

Other musical offerings include "Iannis Xenakis: Now and Tomorrow" (Jan. 28-30); the Mark Dresser Trio (Feb. 7); "Breathing Monster" (Feb. 15) from Kasper Toeplitz and Myriam Gourfink; the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble (March 7); "Piano And," (March 9) featuring Danny Holt; Italian pianist Emanuele Arciuli (March 24), performing the "Concord Sonata" by Charles Ives and more; Ostad Abbos Kosimov (April 5), performing Uzbek and Tajik percussion music and dance; the California E.A.R. Unit (April 10); "What's New?" (May 8) from the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra; and the Gutbucket Chamber Orchestra (May 9). 

The season's dance calendar will include "The A.W.A.R.D. Show!" (Jan. 13-16), from the Joyce Theater Foundation; "San" (Feb. 9-13), from South African's Association Noa-Cie Vincent Mantsoe; "The Retrospective Project" (March 2-6), from Eiko & Koma; the Pat Graney Company (April 18-May 1); and "trembler.SHIFTER" (June 3-5) from Meg Wolfe.

-- David Ng

Photo: REDCAT, in downtown L.A. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

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