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Rosanna Gamson Mixes Poles with Horses At REDCAT

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Los Angeles-based interdisciplinary theater director Rosanna Gamson, whose previous works integrated high tech imagery, high end dancing and lots of collaboration with other media and artists is bringing her latest multi-media exploration to REDCAT for nine performances over the next two weeks. Opening this Thursday, Tov is performed by Ms. Gamson's hometown company of exquisite dancers/performers and the Polish theater group Stowarzyszenie Teatralne CHOREA (CHOREA Theater Association), who have also created the live vocal score that accompanies the evening length work.With a bi-national cast of seventeen (including Gamson's own 12 year old daughter) and texts and music sung in Hebrew, Polish, Yiddish, Bulgarian, German and English, the work weaves together elements of the director's own Jewish-Polish heritage and the story of the tarpan horse--an extinct species of Eurasian wild horse that was genetically "re-assembled" in the 1930s. Strongly influenced by performance ensemble techniques created by Jerzy Grotowski, the acclaimed CHOREA and Rosanna Gamson/World Wide create an evocative dance drama as an allegory of regeneration with universal undertones.

This sounds very interesting and the photo and video look very engaging. One thing I really like about the project is its immersion into Eastern Europe. Much like the company's 2004 Aura, a work based on the novella by Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes and involving several Mexican/Latino artists, the cast and creators of Tov are Polish or of Polish descent. Makes for an even more believeable scenario. And I think opening night is sponsored by a Polish vodka manufacturer!

Check it out!