REDCAT New Original Works Festival: Week Two

When 1 Aug 2013 - 3 Aug 2013
631 West 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
United States

Waewdao Sirisook and Ronnarong Khampha, Fauwn Leb/Identity, 2013. Courtesy of Ronnarong Khampha

August 1 – August 3, 2013

The NOW (New Original Works) Festival at REDCAT continues with three new works from Jennie MaryTai Liu, Tyler Matthew Oyer, and Waewdao Sirisook & Ronnarong Khampha.

Jennie MaryTai Liu: Actress Fury

Jennie MaryTai Liu‘s latest work is a dramatic journey that explores the very nature of ambition, an interdisciplinary examination that parses out a conundrum of aspiration, vanity, discipline and fear. Developed in collaboration with visual artist Tanya Brodsky, and featuring sound design by Mark Nieto and Julia BembenekActress Fury employs three female performers to portray one tormented actress as she conjures legendary figures, including Ajax, Nijinsky and Joan Crawford, in an invocation of the human desire to act upon the world, and to be recognized for those actions.

Tyler Matthew Oyer100 Years of Noise: Beyoncé is ready to receive you now

In 1913, Luigi Russolo penned his influential manifesto The Art of Noises and opened up new sonic realms for consideration. In January of 2013, Beyoncé shared reflections on her life and art with GQ magazine. Tyler Matthew Oyer places these two figures—a powerful pop diva at the top of her game and a man who sought the “great renewal of music”—in a dysfunctional dialogue across a century. With stark contrast, contradiction and absurdity, 100 Years of Noise: Beyoncé is ready to receive you now illuminates the politics of aural pleasure, past and present.

Waewdao Sirisook & Ronnarong KhamphaFauwn Leb/Identity

Fauwn Leb, the traditional fingernail dance of Northern Thailand, serves as a marketable symbol of the region’s Lanna culture and its heritage, while being distorted by diverse economic and political interests. In this duet created by two contemporary practitioners, Waewdao Sirisook and Ronnarong Khampha perform with depth and humor, recounting early life experiences that drew them to Fauwn Leb—and the divergent global forces they now navigate—to reflect the dynamic vitality of contemporary Lanna society and the fundamental tensions within artistic and cultural representations.

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