UCLA Live rates with eclectic slate

DKT/MC5, Sun Ra Arkestra open series

UCLA Live will present productions from France, Poland, Uganda, Italy and the U.K. as part of its fourth International Theater Festival.

French actress Isabelle Huppert will bring a new interpretation of Sarah Kane’s “4.48 Psychose” to Freud Playhouse Oct. 5-9; Poland’s Song of the Goat troupe will stage “Chronicles: A lamentation” from Oct. 12 to 16; and Italy’s Piccolo Teatro di Milano, which hasn’t been to the U.S. since 1984, will stage “Arlecchino, Servant of Two Masters” Oct. 19-23.

Also, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, a Ugandan-American, will stage “Biro” Oct. 26-30; Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre presents “Measure for Measure” Nov. 9-26; and Britain’s Forced Entertainment mounts “Bloody Mess” Dec. 1-4. All shows are in the Freud.

The shows in the International Theater Festival are among the more than 65 events in UCLA Live’s 2005-2006 season, which UCLA Live director David Sefton will announce today. Most events take place at Royce Hall.

Season opens Sept. 17 with a bill featuring Detroit’s DKT/MC5 and the revolutionary jazz ensemble the Sun Ra Arkestra, a re-creation of a double bill from June 1967 that was staged earlier this year in London. The MC5 has been credited as being the forefather of everything from punk to metal to grunge; the Arkestra, dedicated to Duke Ellington, free improvisation and tales of space travel, is led by saxophonist Marshall Allen, who took over after Sun Ra’s death in 1993.

A new series dedicated to roots music kicks off Sept. 18 with Kris Kristofferson and Steve Earle. Series includes Arlo Guthrie on Nov. 2, Ralph Stanley and Laurie Lewis on Feb. 17; Taj Mahal and Mavis Staples on April 27 and Richard Thompson on May 11.

“Roots series is an innovation of the last 12 months — us responding to what’s out there (being offered),” said David Sefton, director of UCLA Live. “There’s a lot of stuff (we’ve booked) that makes no sense as a series, yet this made a cool, clear series.”

Sefton has planned his fifth season at the helm without several of his signature touches — an artist in residence, a major festival or behemoth of a concert.

“I have definitely given up on the artist-in-residence idea. And I had to kind of let go of the idea of doing a festival according to one person’s vision.”

Sefton said he views the season as an entity “that is collectively nowhere else. In dance, we’re trying to introduce new names.”

World music slate includes Zap Mama on Sept. 23, the Kronos Quartet with Bollywood singer Asha Bhosle a day later, the Uri Yunakov Ensemble from Bulgaria on Oct. 13, fado singer Mariza on Oct. 19, Youssou N’Dour on Nov. 12, Tania Libertad on March 3, Cesaria Evora on March 17 and Zakir Hussain leading the Masters of Percussion on May 4.

Among the 18 classical concerts are four perfs by the LA Chamber Orchestra (Jan. 22, March 12, May 6-7 and May 21) and Federica von Stade and Samuel Ramey singing on April 6.

Minimalist legend Terry Riley celebrates his 70 birthday with a concert Oct. 1 featuring Matmos and Acid Mothers Temple. John Cale and the Tiger Lillies share the bill on Oct. 27.

Dianne Reeves, Fontella Bass, Rokia Traore and Terri Lynne Carrington salute Billie Holiday on Oct. 28 and Alice Coltrane headlines a bill with the Dwight Trible Quintet on Feb. 18. Omar Sosa (Oct. 22), Marcus Miller (Oct. 25) and Ahmad Jamal (Nov. 20) flesh out the jazz series.

Spoken Word series will include NPR’s Terry Gross (Sept. 22), Frank Rich of the New York Times (Dec. 11), John Cleese (March 18) and David Sedaris (April 26).

UCLA Live’s dance series will include Japan’s Pappa Tarahumara doing “Ship in View” (Feb. 3 and 4) and the U.S. premiere of “monumental” by Vancouver’s Holy Body Tattoo company April 21-22.

Sefton figures another four shows will be added to the fall and a similar amount will be put on the spring schedule as well.

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