A new dance by Rashaun Mitchell, with live music written and performed by Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields, in a visual design by Ali Naschke-Messing PERFORMANCE Thursday, December 4, 2014 to Sunday, December 7, 2014

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A new dance by Rashaun Mitchell,
with live music written and performed by Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields,
in a visual design by Ali Naschke-Messing
PERFORMANCE
Thursday, December 4, 2014 to Sunday, December 7, 2014


Designed by Rachel Berks.

(Los Angeles, CA) — REDCAT, CalArts’ Downtown Center for the Contemporary Arts, presents the intoxicating choreography of former Merce Cunningham dancer Rashaun Mitchell combined with the live musical stylings of Magnetic Fields singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt in their new work, PERFORMANCE, Thursday, December 4th to Sunday December 7th.

Developed during a residency at the Institute for Contemporary Arts (ICA) in Boston in 2013, the dance and music exist within the beguiling visual design created by San Francisco installation artist Ali Naschke-Messing and a lighting design by Davison Scandrett.

PERFORMANCE is a celebration of the mysteries in the art of performance, of on-the-spot wit and invention, and of the absurd. This one-of-a-kind collaboration is inspired by an observation from Richard Avedon: “We all perform. It’s what we do for each other all the time, deliberately or unintentionally. It’s a way of telling about ourselves in the hope of being recognized as what we’d like to be.”

Rashaun Mitchell is joined by dancers Hiroki Ichinose, Cori Kresge and Silas Riener, and Stephin Merritt performing on and off stage.

In conjunction with the REDCAT performances of Rashaun Mitchell’s PERFORMANCE, Silas Reiner, dancer and choreographer, will lead the workshop “Building Other Worlds: Inside Worlds Outside Worlds” at Pieter Performance Space, Saturday, December 6 from 12-2pm. To register and more information visit Pieter.

Read more about the work of artists:
Rashaun Mitchell
Stephin Merritt
Ali Naschke-Messing

Reviews:
http://rashaunmitchell.org/PRESS

REDCAT performances:
Thur-Sat, December 4-6, 8:30pm and Sun, December 7, 7pm
Tickets: $25-$30 (students/members $20-$25)
http://www.redcat.org/event/rashaun-mitchell-stephin-merritt-ali-naschke-messing-performance

Presented as part of the Sharon Disney Lund Dance Series.

“Mr. Riener (in electrifying form) and Mr. Mitchell…are two of the greatest dancers before the public today, and you’re continually shown new facets of them.”  – The New York Times

Rashaun Mitchell, Stephin Merritt, Ali Naschke-Messing: PERFORMANCE
Photo by Liza Voll Photography.


ABOUT REDCAT | THE ROY AND EDNA DISNEY/CALARTS THEATER
REDCAT, CalArts’ downtown center for contemporary arts, presents a dynamic and international mix of innovative visual, performing and media arts year round. Located inside the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in downtown Los Angeles, REDCAT houses a theater, a gallery space and a lounge. Through performances, exhibitions, screenings, and literary events, REDCAT introduces diverse audiences, students and artists to the most influential developments in the arts from around the world, and gives artists in this region the creative support they need to achieve national and international stature. REDCAT continues the tradition of the California Institute of the Arts, its parent organization, by encouraging experimentation, discovery and lively civic discourse.

GENERAL INFORMATION
For current program and exhibition information call 213-237-2800 or visit www.redcat.org.
Location/Parking: REDCAT is located in downtown Los Angeles inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex with a separate entrance at the corner of West 2nd and Hope Streets. Parking is available in the Walt Disney Concert Hall parking structure. $9 event rate or $5 for vehicles entering after 8:00 pm on weekdays.

Street Address: 631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles CA 90012

THE LOUNGE | Open to the public six days a week, the Lounge is a great place to spend an afternoon or grab a drink pre- and post-performance.

Lounge Hours: Tuesdays–Fridays from 9am until 8 pm or post-show; Saturdays from noon until 8 pm or post-show; Sundays from noon until 6pm or post-show

THE GALLERY | REDCAT’s Gallery presents five major exhibitions each year, and publishes artist books and catalogues. Admission to the Gallery is FREE.

Gallery Hours: Tuesdays–Sundays from noon until 6 pm and through intermission

THE THEATER | Tickets for programs held in the theater are available through the REDCAT Box Office, by phone 213-237-2800 or online at www.redcat.org. Group, member, student and CalArts faculty/staff discounts available.

Box Office Hours: Tuesdays–Saturday from noon until 6 pm or two hours prior to curtain

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