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Arts and Entertainment

Ground Control @ REDCAT brings Ralph Lemon to LA

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courtesy of Ralph Lemon/Cross Performances and REDCAT


courtesy of Ralph Lemon/Cross Performances and REDCAT
Bringing homemade spacecraft, live dancers and film together with an exploration of a Mississippi Delta sharecropper’s life, Ralph Lemon/Cross Performance takes up residence at REDCAT this week. As part of a nation-wide tour, the company will present How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere? for five evening performances in our local citadel of theatrical surprise. Having already received great critical and popular acclaim for the Herb Alpert award-winning artist’s first major work in six years, the six-member company digs into what the choreographer calls “the special, ordinary, and inspiring human commonality of how one lives a life.” Juxtaposing images and memories of creative collaborator/former centenarian farmer Walter Carter and his family with fearless dancing and sophisticated video imagery, the multimedia multi-year project also includes metaphoric references to Andrei Tarkovsky's landmark 1972 sci-fi film Solaris.

Leave it to say that there is a lot going on within the encapsulated time we get to see something in the theater. We probably will get to go home with a lot to think about. Lemon seems to be examining the fine line between life and art in what he describes as a "speculative fiction epic" and what promotional materials call a “production [that] bridges the personal and the universal [as it] draws from myths and realities.”

Sounds cerebrally intoxicating and reports also suggest an astounding movement section. Mr. Lemon’s early work often addressed beautifully abstracted humanistic concepts and his more recent investigations have taken him all over the world researching culture and community (his own and the global entity) and collaborating with artists in different genres. His resultant creations blur the distinguishing lines between art forms and often incite philosophic discussion in audiences.

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Click here to screen a 2010 interview with the artist and head downtown to watch the spaceship land.