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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.


The texts of Richard Foreman—founder of The Ontological-Hysterical Theater—have long been a defining influence on the work of performance artist, director, and Poor Dog Group co-founder Jesse Bonnell.*

As part of Week Three of Redcat’s NEW ORIGINAL WORKS FESTIVAL 2019, Bonnell presents PARADISE ISLAND, “a new work of theater that compresses a decade of writing into an evening-long performance. We are giving new life back into what could soon be forgotten texts of downtown loft-era performance throughout the ’70s.”

Based on Foreman’s writings from 1973 to 1983, PARADISE ISLAND is “part retrospective, part future-bending reinvention, [bringing] new life to one of America’s most influential experimental artists.”*

Also on the bill at Redcat: Austyn Rich’s BL**DY SPAGHETTI, and Source Material’s new music-theater work A THOUSAND TONGUES, performed by Nini Julia Bang and directed by Samantha Shay.


Thursday through Saturday, August 8, 9, and 10.

All shows at 8:30 pm.


631 West 2nd Street, downtown Los Angeles.

Top: Jesse Bonnell. Jesse Bonnell, Paradise Island, August 8, 2019, Redcat, from top: Brad Culver (foreground left); SarahJeen François (left) and Gabriella Rhodeen (2); Alex Barlas (left) and Culver; Pricilla Jin Chung (2); Barlas (left), François, Chung, and Rhodeen; Barlas and Rhodeen; Culver (3); performance; François; Rhodeen and Chung. Performance photographs by Vanessa Crocini (14). Images courtesy and © the photographers, the artists and performers, and Redcat.


After a preview last summer during the NOW Festival, Sebastian Hernandez’s HYPANTHIUM returns to Redcat for a three-night run.

Augmented by visuals by Rafa Esparza and Maria Meae, this engagement will be performed by Angel AcuñaAutumn Randolph, and Hernandez.

(Next month, Hernandez will join Kevin Williamson and company at the Odyssey for three performances of Williamson’s Gnarled.)


Thursday through Saturday, January 24, 25, and 26, at 8:30 pm.


631 West 2nd Street, downtown Los Angeles.

From top: Angel Acuña, Autumn Randolph, and Sebastian Hernandez in Hypanthium (2); Hernandez and Acuña; Hernandez. Photographs by Vanessa Crocini, courtesy the photographer, the performers, and Redcat.