The internationally renowned UK/German theater ensemble Gob Squad spends two weeks at REDCAT, CalArts’ Downtown Center for Contemporary Arts, to present their acclaimed project Super Night Shot from September 11-14 and the U.S. premiere of Western Society, September 17-20.
The ingenious ensemble playfully probes Los Angeles with these two audacious projects that shrewdly mix performance and impromptu video to elevate the banality of everyday life into soaring artistic experiences. Every night is different when these adventurous artists draw inspiration from the streets of Downtown L.A. and sunny Venice Beach.
In Super Night Shot, Downtown Los Angeles becomes a film set for a fantastical mission.
The L.A. version of Gob Squad’s most acclaimed project starts with a celebration to welcome the heroic filmmakers back to the theater as they return from their unpredictable twilight mission shooting four 60-minute videos on the streets of Downtown L.A. Full of unexpected surprises, the public become co-stars in a movie that celebrates unplanned meetings with strangers and delights in the randomness of urban existence.
Both comical and moving, Super Night Shot attempts to elevate the banality of everyday life into the glamour and glitz of a big screen blockbuster. It’s a completely unpredictable show that elevates the mundane into the epic and plays with your perceptions of the familiar. Anything can happen, and usually does!
The filming begins exactly one hour before the audience arrives at the theater to watch it. The four performer/activists meet, arm themselves with their video cameras and start them simultaneously. With their watches synchronized, they state their manifesto with military precision.
The audience joins in a celebration to welcome the heroic filmmakers. When the four filmed adventures are screened at once, we track the protagonists in their “war on anonymity,” with epic urban journeys co-starring unsuspecting local characters searching for love, heroes and the unexpected
Richly adorned in bling, Gob Squad creates an unruly, high-styled romp that is also a sublimely intimate multimedia snapshot of the American family, set to irresistible live music.
Returning to their fascination with technology, Gob Squad zooms their camera directly into the center of the western home to create a frame through which we can peep into an unknown family, and recognize ourselves. By exploring the internet’s remote darkness, Gob Squad have brought back a fairly unspectacular unwatched video of an anonymous living room, of a family gathering somewhere at the edge of the western world. In a room full of people, there’s a party going on. Family, friends and strangers are all being held together by a karaoke machine: alone together and together alone.
Partly inspired by a month of anthropological research at Venice Beach and environs, this glamorously finessed and surprisingly affecting event features stunning gold stilettos, bucket loads of Ferrero Rocher – and a live video recreation of what may be the least watched video on YouTube. Gob Squad invites audience members to play key roles in their awe-inspiring and deeply moving portrait of civilization in the 21st century, with the color and sound turned up to 11.
“One of the most impossible, beautiful, courageous and epic theatrical experiences you can imagine.”
– The Guardian
“Theater in its purest and best form—ingeniously put together, extremely funny, entertaining, crazy, with a charming whiff of anarchy in the air.” – Kulturradio rbb
REDCAT is renowned for its innovative visual, performing and multimedia arts programming. In the Fall of 2014 REDCAT begins its second decade presenting the most influential artists from around the world, as well as Los Angeles’ own creative voices. In the tradition of its parent organization the California Institute of the Arts, REDCAT’s programming encourages experimentation, discovery and lively discourse. REDCAT will present over thirty theater, dance, music, film, media, literary, and gallery events in the Fall of 2014.
Always committed to offering audiences the opportunity to experience new innovative developments in the arts, REDCAT continues to ensure that regular ticket prices remain affordable and offers member, student, and community discount programs. Individual tickets can be purchased online at www.redcat.org. Group discounts are available by contacting the box office at 213-237-2800, or in person at 631 West Second Street, 90012, on the SW corner of the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex (corner of West Second Street and Hope.)
Western Society is a Center Theatre Group production commission, made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Presented with support from The British Council.
The world premiere production of Western Society was originally produced by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin; Spielart Festival, Munich; and brut Wien, Vienna. The premiere was co-produced with House on Fire, with the support of Culture Programme of the European Union and Kulturverwaltung Berlin.
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