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Where To Catch Enchanting, Psychedelic Shadow-Puppetry Art

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Artist Miwa Matreyek will make her return to REDCAT this Friday with a new show that takes her silhouetted shadow-puppetry to another level.

The new show, "This World Made Itself," is a live performance that involves Matreyek combing through lush and wonderful landscapes that chronicle the turbulent life of our planet, from the Big Bang to the modern world. All the animations are done by Matreyek herself.

"I want to evoke a sense of weightlessness [for the audience]. I want to help them transcend where they actually are," Matreyek said in a release. "By incorporating my body into the piece, the audience is taking on a visceral sense of this dream-world. I hope they take something away from it emotionally."

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This isn't the first time Matreyek has enchanted REDCAT patrons. Her previous work, "Myth and Infrastructure," debuted in 2011 to rave reviews. Matreyek graduated from CalArts in 2007, and since then has left audiences spellbound with her impressive body of work, including "Cloud Eye Control," her collaboration with fellow artists Anna Oxygen and Chi-wang Yang.

Judging by the preview for "This World Made Itself," the performance is like a psychedelic National Geographic magazine that you find yourself trapped in.

"In my mind, the piece is somewhere between Disney's 'Fantasia' and Carl Sagan's 'Cosmos.'" Matreyek told KCET.

"This World Made Itself" will make its Los Angeles debut on Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 at 8:30 p.m. and Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. Tickets can be found on REDCAT's website