04/27/2015 - 05/01/2015
CalArts, Disney Modular Theater
THEATER: Peter Handke's They Are Dying Out is an epic reflection on the psyche of the corporate world and how it infects the humanity of those who engage it. Business kingpin Hermann Quitt knows that it is challenging for him to live up to his own ideal image of life. Frustrated by this knowledge, he turns into an unethical monster who disregards his wife, breaks contracts, betrays and ruins his business associates, and leads him to commit the ultimate crime against himself. MFA Directing alum Chi-Wang Yang returns hom with this spellbinding German play, They Are Dying Out.
D300 Gallery: Tara Foley MFA ART
D301 Gallery: Jason Roberts Dobrin MFA PHOTO
L-SHAPE Gallery: Elin Lennox MFA PHOTO
MAIN Gallery Perimeter: Mickey Everett BFA PHOTO
A402 Gallery: Roslyn Cohen MFA PHOTO
LIME Gallery: Christopher Hahn BFA PHOTO
MINT Gallery: Andrea Hidalgo MFA ART
THEATER: Skyview Double Feature
Written by Isabel Salazar
Directed by Dan Bonnell
Skyview Double Feature by Isabel Salazar reflects on the fragmentation between human reality and spirituality. Composed of two separate parts, Conception and Revelation, Skyview Double Feature can be viewed in two ways: either separately or in tandem. Dan Bonnell directs both pieces, presented by the CalArts School of Theater. Each segment focuses on a part of Mejia's journey. Searching for a sense of truth in her life, Mejia grapples with her own identity and the demands of the world surrounding her. When obstacles veer her off course, she is forced to face destiny in its' purest forms. Is fate what we make of it or is it out of our control? Through mystical encounters and transcendent experiences we join Mejia on her path of discovery.
THEATER, FILM/VIDEO: Theatrical performance with video projection. A one woman show about Russian, Jewish and American culture.
The School of Theater's New Works Festival (NWF) fosters opportunities for collaboration among all schools of the Institute and to celebrate the talent of CalArts students. This is a festival of the students, by the students and for the students, cultivating the growth of a collaborative, fun and creative atmosphere within the CalArts community, and allowing students the freedom to play and experiment with new work where the process is valued above the end result.
The Festival encourages interdisciplinary collaboration, explorative processes, and immersive risk-taking.
REDCAT: Chilean director Guillermo Calderón’s lean, literary theater works are powerful explorations of political legacies distilled into tightly wrought drama. In this double bill, Calderón’s intimate and poetic language—demonstrated in the internationally acclaimed works Neva and Diciembre (seen at REDCAT in 2012 and 2011)—gives way to the cool complexities of public discourse. In Villa, three women gather around an architectural model of the Villa Grimaldi, a site where thousands were tortured and hundreds were “disappeared,” to debate the ideal adaptation of these blood-soaked facilities and grapple with a nation’s unwanted legacy. In Discurso, the same three actresses share the role of Michelle Bachelet, Chile’s recent president, to deliver an imagined farewell speech that abandons diplomatic parlance to reveal a leader’s aspirations, failures and humanity, amid the mechanizations of political life. Read more
CalArts, The Wild Beast
MUSIC: Bali is renowned for its rich traditions, astonishing array of vibrant art forms and amazing diversity of musical ensemble and dance genres. For the 2013 World Music & Dance Festival, Gamelan Burat Wangi (Fragrant Offering) will present “A Night on the Island of a Thousand Temples” a spectacle of traditional and new music and dance creations, color and sound. Directed by I Nyoman Wenten, and Nanik Wenten, Dance Director.
CRITICAL STUDIES: MA in Aesthetics and Politics alumnus and West Hollywood Council member John D’Amico will wrap up the year with a conversation about urban design in West Hollywood.
John D’Amico earned a BFA at CalArts in the early 1980s and went on to study business, architecture, and urban design. As a mid-career professional in the architecture and construction industry he returned to CalArts for an MA in Aesthetics and Politics in 2009. Like the NASA Galileo Missions that use the gravity of the inner planets to gain enough velocity for their long trips to the outer planets, John returned to CalArts to help catapult himself into the future. He is now a West Hollywood councilmember.
As founder of Studio One Eleven, Alan Pullman, AIA, leads design teams on mixed-use, urban infill and adaptive reuse projects. With over 20 years of experience in architecture and urban design, he has led project teams on a number of award-winning developments and is committed to enhancing communities through incremental urbanism—the development of modest projects that emphasize placemaking. Pullman is a registered architect in California and an active member of the American Institute of Architects and the Urban Land Institute, where he serves on the Inner-City Council. He is also a board member for the Long Beach Conservation Corps and a partner in East Village Partners, a community focused infill developer. Pullman received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University.
CalArts, Butler Building #2
THEATER, MUSIC: A musical theater event involving a 20-piece orchestra, 10-person cast, conductor, scheduled for two performances. It is a final DMA recital.