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.
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, 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.
CalArts, The Wild Beast
MUSIC: Massive, intricate rhythms churn joyously into the night in this celebration of the music, singing and dance of the Ewe and Dagomba people of Ghana. Performing under the direction of Yeko Ladzekpo-Cole and Andrew Grueschow, the CalArts African Music and Dance Ensemble is joined by special guest artist Prosper Nudzor-the exceptional Ghanaian drummer and dancer-in what is sure to be one of the highlights of the 2013 World Music and Dance Festival.