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NOW Festival Continues with a 'Dancerly Daring & Visually Provocative' Trio of Troupes

NOW Festival 2010
photo of Rae Shao-Lan Blum & Tashi Wada by Mark Lannen
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After the opening week of performances at REDCAT’s 7th annual New Original Works Festival, I get the picture more clearly. Articulately described by curators as “a vibrant performance laboratory,” I now see that as a “heads up.” Be prepared for just what that means. Though the artists selected from the throng of applicants come with good credentials and great ideas—on paper—not everything always works on the stage. In the tradition of true artistic progress, however, the performers, composers, writers, multi-media-ists and dancers/choreographers are diving into new waters. It’s the way all things move forward, push the envelope and aspire for bigger, newer and better. And, I think it’s part of the REDCAT mission.

This week’s show, which opens for three nights on Thursday, sounds dancerly daring and visually provocative! Starting off with Christine Marie & Ensemble’s optical feast Ground to Cloud, the program moves to a collaboration from choreographer Rae Shao-Lan Blum and composer Tashi Wada entitled Systems of Us and on to hip hop dance theater with Raphael Xavier’s Black Canvas.