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Wooster Group tweets about 'La Didone' from REDCAT

June 10, 2009 |  3:57 pm


It should come as no surprise that the Wooster Group is one of the more active tweeters in the theatrical community. The avant-garde troupe has long incorporated technology -- analog and now digital -- into its radical deconstructions of classic texts. So why wouldn't it jump on the Twitter bandwagon with the enthusiasm of a technophile?

Some of the Wooster Group's most recent tweets have been about its upcoming performances of Francesco Cavalli's "La Didone" at REDCAT. It has also tweeted behind the scenes about the rehearsal and construction process: 

    "@The WoosterGroup editingvideo at the performing garage."

    "@The WoosterGroup researching projectors for new work. And flash drives."

    "@The WoosterGroup burning copies of Paul Morrissey's FLESH, TRASH, and HEAT."

The Wooster Group has just alerted followers to photos just taken of the elaborate installation process currently going on at the downtown L.A. performance space. As anyone who has attended a Wooster Group performance can attest, the sets may look sleek and simple -- think futuristic minimalism, with a touch of Restoration Hardware -- but there are moving parts and wireless gadgets galore to contend with.

Some of the photos are fuzzy, but it's clear that the crew at the Wooster Group enjoys a cold Heileman's Old Style beer during downtime. Another photo (above) suggests that we can look forward to some impressive firearms in the production of the 17th century Baroque opera.

With any luck, we expect regular tweets from L.A. as the New York company kicks off its new partnership with the arts space and CalArts."La Didone" plays June 11-21 at the REDCAT.

-- David Ng

Images courtesy of the Wooster Group.