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WILLIAM KENTRIDGE — REFUSE THE HOUR

Dancer–choreographer Dada Masilo in Refuse the Hour, by William Kentridge and Philip Miller, Brooklyn Academy of Music
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This weekend, artist-filmmaker-stage designer-provocateur William Kentridge brings his chamber opera REFUSE THE HOUR to Royce Hall for two performances. Both a five-channel video installation for Documenta 2012, and a live music piece for the Festival d’Avignon that same year, REFUSE THE HOUR—narrated by Kentridge and composed by his longtime collaborator Philip Miller—begins with the myth of […]

MAKAN AND SCHEIB’S PERSONA

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PERSONA—composition by Keeril Makan, libretto and direction by Jay Scheib—is a 90-minute opera based on Ingmar Bergman’s classic psychological investigation of identity, doubling, and mutation. A famous actress, in the middle of a performance of Elektra, suddenly stops speaking. A caregiver is hired and begins to talk for both of them, explicating her plans and […]

CLUB 57 AT MOMA — OPENING NIGHT

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Eric Marciano—director of The Age of Insects and four other films in MoMA’s collection—reports from the opening night of the museum’s new exhibition CLUB 57: FILM, PERFORMANCE, AND ART IN THE EAST VILLAGE, 1978–1983:  “The reception at MoMA was stunning! I know that we will never again see that group of people together in one place at one […]

MATELUNA AT REDCAT

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Jorge Mateluna—former member of the Frente Patriótico Manuel Rodríguez (FPMR), the armed wing of anti-fascist resistance during the Pinochet era—is four years into a sixteen-year sentence for his alleged involvement in the 2013 robbery of a Banco Santander branch in Santiago. Mateluna’s trial—a travesty of uncorroborated “evidence” from unreliable (or dishonest) “witnesses”—and its aftermath have […]

THÉÂTRE DE LA VILLE AT UCLA

Théâtre de la ville's production of Albert Camus' L'état de Siège/The State of Siege.
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It’s an active week in Los Angeles for international theater of resistance. In addition to Redcat’s presentation of Mateluna, CAP UCLA is bringing in the THÉÂTRE DE LA VILLE production of Albert Camus’ L’ETAT DE SIÈGE for two nights. Camus’ piece—an allegory about authoritarian corruption, with original mise en scène by Jean-Louis Barrault—was originally staged in 1948. This new production, directed […]

TURN ME LOOSE AT THE WALLIS

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“Do you ever get the feeling that the planet is a bit wobbly? Like you’re waiting for something to happen? Well, don’t worry. You’re already in the equation.” — Joe Morton as Dick Gregory in TURN ME LOOSE The Lovelace Studio Theater at The Wallis—home until mid-November to TURN ME LOOSE: A PLAY ABOUT COMIC […]

HELEN LAWRENCE AT ROYCE HALL

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The artist and professor Stan Douglas explicates our postmodern condition—our crossed lines of narrative in a post-metanarrative age—for his students at Art Center College of Design, and for the rest of us in works like his multi-channel video installation The Secret Agent (2016). In 2014 Douglas—in collaboration with writer Chris Haddock and Canadian Stage—created Helen […]