redcat logoREDCAT, CalArts’ downtown center for contemporary arts, raises the stakes in 2017 with a bold international program of daring and provocative artists who confront the most vital issues of our time. Artists from around the world are using the REDCAT theater and gallery, and other LA neighborhoods, to probe urgent issues.

Highlights are listed in chronological order below:

Sep 22 to Sep 24 Film-Video
Ism, Ism, Ism
Experimental Cinema in Latin America, an ambitious, five-month film series —the first in the U.S.—that surveys Latin America’s vibrant experimental production from the 1930s to today through a wealth of materials from the Latin American film archives; the work of Lee Anne Schmitt, Laura Poitras, Janie Geiser; Ellen Cantor, Claudio Caldini, Diego Rísquez and Moustapha Alassane.

Sep 28 to Sep 30 Dance
Faustin Linyekula/Studios Kabako: Sur les traces de Dinozord
The riveting and elegant work of Congolese choreographer and writer Faustin Linyekula nurtures hope in the face of the ongoing legacy of war and ruin in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Linyekula uses exquisite movement, music and piercing poetry to masterfully capture the essence of hope in the face of the tragedies facing his war-torn home.

Oct 2 Film-Video
Lee Anne Schmitt: Purge This Land
In 1812, as a mere boy, John Brown saw a slave owner beat a black child almost to death. By the mid-1840s, he had become a noted abolitionist as well as a friend of former slave-turned social reformer Frederick Douglass.

Oct 7 Music
Angel City Jazz Festival
The 10th Annual Angel City Jazz Festival arrives at REDCAT with a double bill: the music of Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures and Go: Organic Orchestra.

Oct 9 Film-Video
Laura Poitras: Short Film Disclosures
Laura Poitras’ films reveal truths hidden within activities posing unparalleled dangers to freedom. Poitras faces deeply disturbing subjects with unwavering honesty, creating portraits of people and situations with an artistic complexity, rigor and sense of humanity that transcends conventional political documentaries.

Oct 12 to Oct 15 Theater
Karen Finley: The Expanded Unicorn Gratitude Mystery
Activist-powerhouse Karen Finley brings her rave reviewed solo performance that explores the recent heightened US political presidential landscape that takes on citizenship, gender disparity and abuse of power. Finley’s incisive writing and performing offers a freshly hilarious and alarming perspective on drastic changes in our own country.

Oct 16 Film-Video
Double Vision: Recent Films by Janie Geiser
Janie Geiser’s celebrated animated collage films and puppet-theater performances delve deeply into the realm of waking dreams, weaving fragments of sounds and moving images into mysterious tales at the edge of logic and memory.

Oct 18 Film-Video
Ellen Cantor: Pinochet Porn
Using her 2004 series of eighty-two drawings, Circus Lives from Hell, as an unconventional “script,” feminist artist Ellen Cantor (1961–2013) worked on her most ambitious project, Pinochet Porn, for the last five years of her life.

Oct 23 Film-Video
Fantasmas Cromáticos: 8mm Visions of Claudio Caldini
A major force of Argentine and Latin American experimental cinema for 45 years, Claudio Caldini was pivotal to Argentina’s legendary 1970s El Grupo Goethe.

Oct 24 Music
Sounding Limits: The Music of Pascale Criton
The expressive duo of Silvia Tarozzi (violin) and Deborah Walker (cello) join CalArts composer and violist Eyvind Kang to present the U.S. premiere of recent works by the innovative French composer Pascale Criton.

Oct 26 to Oct 28 Theater
Guillermo Calderón: Mateluna
U.S. premiere
Chile’s famed, mercurial Chilean playwright and director Guillermo Calderón, who is described as “an authentic genius of the theater” by The New Yorker, confronts urgent questions about the complex relationship between artists, truth and reality in this new work having its U.S. premiere at REDCAT.  Calderó’s his work questions the vital role of artists at times of injustice.

Nov 09 to Nov 12 Theater Music
Keeril Makan and Jay Scheib: Persona
Based on Ingmar Bergman’s classic film, Persona is a provocative and artistically complex depiction of human frailty, cruelty and identity. In an isolated summer house, a young nurse becomes caretaker of a stage actress who has suddenly lost the ability to speak.

Nov 17 Music
EXO//ENDO performs Ulrich Krieger: Black Sun Rebirth and Braden Diotte: General Manifest
The boundary-breaking ensemble EXO//ENDO joins forces with renowned saxophone interpreter Ulrich Krieger for the world premiere of his Black Sun Rebirth.

Nov 20 Film-Video
Diego Rísquez’ American Trilogy: Amérika, Terra Incógnita
In the 1980s, the multifaceted artist, painter and filmmaker from Venezuela, Diego Rísquez, undertook the daunting project of a trilogy about the real and mythical histories of the Latin American continent.

Nov 30 to Dec 03 Dance
Charles Atlas, Rashaun Mitchell, Silas Reiner: Tesseract
Virtuosic movement is experienced through heightened new dimensions in this daring collaboration between two former Merce Cunningham dancers and an iconic filmmaker expanding the corporeal and digital realms.

Dec 4  Film-Video
Moustapha Alassane: Pioneer of The Golden Age of Nigerien Cinema
Moustapha Alassane (Niger, 1942–2015) studied in Jean Rouch’s IRSH Institute in Niamey, became the French documentarist’s friend and collaborator, and then went to Canada where he met Norman McLaren.

Dec 8 Music
Bennie Maupin plays The Jewel and The Lotus (1974, ECM)
Jazz legend Bennie Maupin appears at REDCAT for the first live performance of The Jewel and the Lotus, an iconic ECM release from 1974.

Dec 9 Music
Lou Harrison: Music of the Pacific
Continuing the worldwide musical celebration of Lou Harrison’s centennial, this diverse program presents a rare opportunity to hear a survey of works by the ebullient composer known for his fearless blending of Eastern and Western sounds.

Dec 10 to Dec 11 Theater Music Dance Multimedia
Studio: Fall 2017
REDCAT’s quarterly program of new works and works-in-progress highlights new forms of dance, theater, music and multimedia performance in a wide-ranging evening that celebrates the vitality of L.A.’s next-generation artists making work for the stage.

Dec 15 to Dec 16 Dance
CalArts Winter Dance
The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts presents an evening of dance, featuring works by guest artists and current faculty.