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NOW Festival Program #2: Sound, Lights & Lots of Movement

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Prumsodun Ok photo by Jon Rivera, courtesy of the artist
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The second week of the New Original Works (NOW) Festival at REDCAT promises to be as exciting as the first program, with even more dance, music and imagery on the palette this time 'round.

Cambodian pop music and traditional dance are the generative references in TED fellow Prumsodun Ok's multimedia "Of Land and Sky." Re-casting a mythological Buddhist tale to address contemporary political issues, promotional materials state that this "classically trained artist elegantly...refuses to dismantle his tradition even as he challenges its constraints."

Choreographers/dancers Nick Duran and Jmy James Kidd (Nick+James) are bringing the breath of their dancing experience—with lots of luminaries from the experimental dance scene in NY and elsewhere—into what they call "an uncanny duet that reveals lineages of movement." Their recent show at Highways Performance Space, "Tribute," honored their work with Neil Greenberg. Promotional materials say the new piece, "Lake," highlights "subtle expressions of individual desire within the confines of choreographic legacies."

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Nick Duran and Jmy James Kidd (photo courtesy of the artist)
And sound and video artist Jinku Kim collaborates with scenic artist Drew Foster to create "gravity-subverting configurations of pulsing color and light that amplify [the] time-altering spatialized sound" in their new untitled work. Hypnotic melodies, cantilevered architecture and sense-saturating abstract images are the tools of these artists as they cover the audience in a "luminous skin" across the REDCAT theater.

Sounds like a trip from the past to the present, further on and beyond! Be daring and see what it's all about.