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REDCAT announces lineup for 2010 NOW festival

June 15, 2010 | 10:05 am


It's time to put on your avant-garde thinking caps.

REDCAT's annual New Original Works (NOW) festival, which specializes in the weird, the wacky and the downright unclassifiable, is set to kick off July 22 for a three-weekend run. This year's lineup includes eight productions that span the disciplines of dance, theater and multimedia art.

For the festival's first weekend (July 22-24), audiences can experience two new works. "The Exile of Petie DeLarge," directed by Maureen Huskey, is a theatrical interpretation of the titular text by Jennifer Barclay that tells the story of a leader of a group of renegade students. Also on tap is "Tongues Bloody Tongues," a musical piece inspired by the history of Iraq from the 30-member collective Killsonic.

The second weekend (July 29-31) brings three works to REDCAT. "Ground to Cloud," by artist Christine Marie, is an exploration of the history of light, using actors, lighting effects and a sound score. "Systems of Us" features three dancers and five musicians in a piece by choreographer Rae Shao-Lan Blum and composer Tashi Wada. And hip-hop choreographer Raphael Xavier brings "Black Canvas," a piece that ties together rap music and dance.

The final weekend (Aug. 5-7) features Alexandro Segades' "Replicant VS Separatist," a science-fiction tale involving gays;  Hana van der Kolk's "Once More, Again, One (Solo)," a solo dance piece that uses the music of the Pointer Sisters, Prince and the Rapture; and Miwa Matreyek's "Myth and Infrastructure," a new cinematic work that incorporates live performance.

Individual program tickets cost $18, but you can see all three programs for $36.

-- David Ng

Photos: The garage entrance to REDCAT. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times



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