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TRUTH @ REDCAT

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Photo by Sylvio Dittrich


Photo by Sylvio Dittrich
Acclaimed New York choreographer John Jasperse brings his five member company to REDCAT this week for a handful of performances of his newest evening length dance theater work. Presenting the west coast premiere of Truth, Revised Histories, Wishful Thinking, and Flat-Out Lies, the work includes a score composed by Hahn Rowe and played live by the string quartet (with electronics) called ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble).

As clearly indicated in the title, Truth plays with the distinction between reality and illusion and with fact and fantasy, The artist asks us to examine what we believe, what we don't believe, and why we do or don't accept an assertion as veritably factual. In what is described in promotional materials as a collage of witty and meticulously devised juxtapositions of dance, performance and music, the piece "explores a panoply of heresies, radical ideas, delusional thoughts--and just plain nonsense."

Jasperse has made exciting work over the past almost-two decades and the company has done a bunch of international touring (Truth had its world premiere in Dresden, Germany in 2009). He has earned many national and global awards and commissions, including a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for his body of choreographic work (2001), a Rencontres Internationales Chorégraphiques de Bagnolet award (1996), a Guggenheim fellowship (1998) and a slew of NEA and other awards since 1992.

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I don't think he's been here in a long time, so make plans to check it out! Click here for a peek!