REDCAT presents the Los Angeles premiere of “Gloria’s Cause,” an irreverent, funny and provocative re-imagining of the American Revolution and U.S. politics from Seattle-based choreographer and multidisciplinary artist Dayna Hanson. Performances in L.A. will be held at REDCAT, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, Thursday, April 5 though Sunday, April 8.
Mixing rock music from an eight-piece band, incisive theatrical elements and virtuosic dancing, Hanson exhumes the colonies’ complex players and offers warped replays of iconic moments like the signing of the Declaration of Independence in a layered, colorful and gritty look at the roots of America’s inequities and ironies.
As election year politics heat up, and our nation’s founding impulses are invoked in clashing interpretations, Hanson’s production takes on potent political charge. Portland’s alternative publication The Mercury proclaimed the production, “One part rock, one part dance performance, one part history lesson, and at least two or three parts cutting and comedic social commentary.”
In “Gloria’s Cause,” Hanson is joined by longtime collaborator Peggy Piacenza as well as her bandmates from Today! — Dave Proscia, Maggie Brown and Paul Moore — who, along with a multi-talented cast of Seattle-based performers including Wade Madsen, Jim Kent, Pol Rosenthal and Jessie Smith, move easily between music, dance and theater with an incongruous style that incorporates gestures from professional sports and ’70s television. Together, the talented, multidisciplinary cast smartly remixes events that set a country in motion, and the motivations and meanings that continue to be debated today.
Hanson’s smart and irreverent choreography was last seen in Los Angeles at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in October of 2011 during the run of the cowboy musical “I’ve Never Been So Happy” by Austin-based theater company Rude Mechs. She is a Guggenheim Fellow in Choreography and 2010 United Artists Oliver Fellow. From 1994 until 2006, she was co-artistic director of internationally touring dance theater company 33 Fainting Spells.
With 33 Fainting Spells, Hanson helped champion the growth of dance film in the Pacific Northwest with screening at more than 50 festivals worldwide, including at New York Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and Dance Camera Istanbul.
Hanson’s 2010 dance theater piece “Gloria’s Cause” was co-commissioned by On the Boards and Under the Radar Festival and presented as a work-in-progress at the TBA Festival in Portland, Oregon in September 2010. It premiered at On the Boards in Seattle in December 2010 and was presented at the PuSh Festival in Vancouver, B.C. in January 2011.
After the performances at REDCAT in April, “Gloria’s Cause” will travel to Fusebox Festival in Austin, Miami Light Project and Carolina Performing Arts in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
These performances are funded in part with generous support from the National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency Program. Gloria’s Cause is an NPN Creation Fund and Forth Fund Project co-commissioned by On the Boards in partnership with Under the Radar and NPN. For more information, visit npnweb.org.
The creation and presentation of “Gloria’s Cause” is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with the New England Foundation for the Arts though the National Dance Project. Major support for NDP is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation. Support from the NEA provides funding for choreographers in the early stages of their careers.
Tickets for “Gloria’s Cause” are $20-$25 ($16-$20 for students) and seating is general admission. Tickets are available for purchase in-person at the REDCAT box office, byt phone at 213-237-2800, or online at www.redcat.org.
The Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater is located at 631 W. 2nd Street, Los Angeles 90012.
The Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) is an interdisciplinary contemporary arts center for innovative visual, performing and media arts located in downtown Los Angeles inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex. 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. For more information, visit www.redcat.org.