The performance spaces at the Disney Concert Hall won’t be used just for music. The Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater — Redcat — will host dance, drama and art displays.
Exec director Mark Murphy says, “Just as architect Frank Gehry described the Walt Disney Concert Hall as a living room for Los Angeles, I see Redcat as the basement laboratory — a versatile, comprehensively outfitted place where enterprising artists can develop fresh ideas and invent new forms.”
The theater built to serve CalArts and the artistic community of Los Angeles provides a venue for collaborative contemporary art projects that blur the boundaries of artistic expression.
The Redcat season begins Oct. 29 with events throughout the year. They include the Worldview Series hosting international artists, the Musical Explorations Series, film and animation screenings, the production of original plays through the Center for New Theater, perfs by the CalArts School of Dance, gallery exhibitions and a Community Arts Partnership with L.A. neighborhoods.
Redcat’s theater inhabits its own space within the complex and can seat 200-300 guests.
The differences are noticeable in both form and function.
“Disney Hall from within feels as though you are in a finely crafted cello; in Redcat you feel as though you are in a mechanized machine for the creation of contemporary art,” Murphy says.