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Performance Review: NOW 1 @ REDCAT

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The first program of the 5th annual New Original Works Festival at REDCAT opened last week with a whiz-bang!

To start, the three member Cloud Eye Control—Miwa Matreyek, Anna Oxygen and Chi-wang Yang--filled the stage with six feet high screens upon which they projected their two works: Subterranean Heart and Final Space.

In the first, mostly black and white animated images traveled across the screens and, with Oxygen singing high-toned sounds and lyrics, we began our descent into this new world. Oxygen (I’m assuming this is a stage moniker) appeared live amidst the images as well as being drawn or filmed within the two dimensions of the animation. With the juxtaposition of ever changing backgrounds, humans in-the-flesh standing in front of the images and a lab-coated stage crew meandering purposefully, something new and different was always happening. Designs of a human-like form walking within a below-the-surface tunnel, an enlarged skeletal rib cage behind which lurked the titled heart and the center of the screen revealing what seemed to be an actual door were only a few of the many optical delights. These two short pieces were a fantastic peek at what can happen on a stage after Isaac Asimov and Stanley Kubrick.