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CAP UCLA DANCE SEASON 2019–2020

Alastair Macaulay was unambiguous. Closing his 2018 review of the world premiere of FOUR QUARTETS—a collaboration between choreographer Pam Tanowitz, artist Brice Marden, and composer Kaija Saariaho—with the following paragraph, the former New York Times dance critic made its case for posterity:

If I am right to think this is the greatest creation of dance theater so far this century, we’re fortunate that FOUR QUARTETS will travel to other stages. I long to become more deeply acquainted with the many layers of its stage poetry.

The drawback for Los Angeles audiences is that this landmark work will be performed at Royce Hall in early 2020 only twice—a highlight of a remarkably strong CAP UCLA 2019–2020 dance season.

The season begins at Redcat, where Adam Linder presents THE WANT—a contemporary opera/performance piece based on a play by Bernard-Marie Koltès, with music by Ethan Braun.

Sankai JukuUshio Amagatsu’s all-male troupe of Butoh dancers, performing MEGURI—will be at Royce for one night only, as will Michael Keegan-Dolan’s Teaċ Daṁsa (House of Dance) in a new interpretation of SWAN LAKE, featuring a score by Slow Moving Clouds.

The great ballerina Wendy Whelan will dance at Royce, for two nights, in THE DAY. Choreographed by Lucinda Childs with a score by David Lang, Whelan will be joined onstage by cellist Maya Beiser.

The dance season closes in April 2020 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with the Dance at the Music Center co-presentation of PALERMO PALERMO, a 1989 work by dance legend Pina Bausch and Tanztheater Wuppertal.

See link below for details.

CAP UCLA 2019–2020 SEASON OF DANCE

From top: Sankai Juku, Meguri; Adam Linder, The Want, photograph by Shahryar Nashat; Michael Keegan-Dolan, Teaċ Daṁsa, Swan Lake, photograph by Colm Hogan; Maya Beiser, Wendy Whelan, Lucinda Childs, and David Lang, The Day; Pina Bausch, Palermo Palermo, photograph by Jochen Viehoff; Pam Tanowitz, Brice Marden, and Kaija Saariaho, Four Quartets, photograph by Maria Baranova. Images courtesy and © the artists and photographers.

AUSTYN RICH AT REDCAT

One of the highlights of the recently concluded New Original Works Festival 2019 was BL**DY SPAGHETTI, a performance piece by Austyn Rich for two dancers.

Partnering with Alvaro Montelongo—Rich’s fellow graduate of the inaugural class of USC’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance—the performers diagram an encounter between sailors in opposition, communicating desire and fear through anguished movement and deferred symmetries.

The music for BL**DY SPAGHETTI is by Cody Perkins, and the wardrobe by Pierre of No Sesso.*

See “Warm Bodies, No Sesso—The Art of Pierre Davis.” PARIS LA 16 (2018): 136–143.

Austyn Rich, Bl**dy Spaghetti, August 8, 2019, Redcat, from top: Austyn Rich; Rich (left) and Alvaro Montelongo (2); Montelongo and Rich (5); Rich; Montelongo (2); Rich and Montelongo (2); Rich. Photographs by Vanessa Crocini. Images courtesy and © the photographer, the artists, and Redcat.

NOW FEST WEEK TWO AT REDCAT

The second weekend of one-of-a-kind disruptions, investigations, and interventions that make up Redcat’s NEW ORIGINAL WORKS FESTIVAL 2019 includes performances by Kate Watson-Wallace, Hprizm, Verónica Casado Hernández , Alexandro Segade, Amy Ruhl, and Paul Outlaw—who was recently seen stealing the show in Boston Court’s transgressive production of A Streetcar Named Desire.

See link below for full program.

NEW ORIGINAL WORKS FESTIVAL 2019—WEEK TWO

Thursday through Saturday, August 1, 2, and 3.

All shows at 8:30 pm.

Redcat

631 West 2nd Street, downtown Los Angeles.

From top: Paul Outlaw, BBC (Big Black Cockroach); Alexandro Segade and Amy RuhlPopular Revolt (2); Kate Watson-Wallace, Hprizm, and Verónica Casado Hernándezkim (2). Photographs by Vanessa Crocini. Images courtesy and © the performers, the photographers, and Redcat.

KATHERINE HELEN FISHER AND ANDREW ONDREJCAK

As part of Week One of Redcat’s New Original Works Festival 2019, choreographer Katherine Helen Fisher and visual artist Andrew Ondrejcak present THE MUSES.

“Pulsating to the imagistic nature of Helado Negro’s cosmic synth-folk sounds, THE MUSES renders a suite of lush and riotous dances that conjures a communal space in celebration of the divine feminine.”*

THE MUSES

NEW ORIGINAL WORKS FESTIVAL 2019 Week One

Thursday through Saturday, July 25, 26, and 27.

All shows at 8:30 pm.

Redcat

631 West 2nd Street, downtown Los Angeles.

Katherine Helen Fisher and Andrew Ondrejcak, The Muses. Photographs by Mark Escribano of Standard Vision. Images courtesy and © the artists, the photographers, the performers, and Redcat.

BLACK FIRE SESSIONS AT THE BROAD

The Art Ensemble of Chicago co-founder Roscoe Mitchell and pianist Brett Carson will perform at the first of two Black Fire Sessions at the Broad.

The concerts celebrate the exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963–1983, and Mitchell—who collaborates with AfriCOBRA—and Carson will be preceded by the “beat music” of Teebs in the first floor lobby.

The evening includes performances by Georgia Anne Muldrow and Busdriver in the museum’s Oculus Hall, and throughout the evening Mecca Vazie Andrews will “animate the galleries of Soul of a Nation through three distinct movement and dance pieces.”*

BLACK FIRE SESSIONS—ROSCOE MITCHELL, BRETT CARSON, GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW, BUSDRIVER, and MECCA VAZIE ANDREWS*

Wednesday, July 17, from 8pm until 11 pm.

The Broad

221 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles.

The second of the Black Fire Sessions will take place on August 14.

From top: Roscoe Mitchell; Brett Carson, photograph by Carly McLane; Georgia Anne Muldrow; Busdriver; Teebs; and Mecca Vazie Andrews. Images courtesy and © the artists, their management, and the photographers.