REDCAT presents the Los Angeles premiere of Infinitely Yours by animator, designer and performer Miwa Matreyek for the debut of her latest work. Running for three performances from Thursday, January 16 through Saturday, January 18, 2020, the award-winning interdisciplinary creator brings her nightmarish vision of climate grief to Los Angeles audiences before heading to Park City, Utah for the works’ world premiere during Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier program. Infinitely Yours will then embark on a North American tour throughout June. All music for Infinitely Yours was composed, recorded and performed by Morgan Sorne who will join Matreyek for the REDCAT show as live musical accompaniment. For more information, please visit http://www.semihemisphere.com/#/infinitelyyours.
With a run-time of 25 minutes, the L.A. presentation of Infinitely Yours will be paired with some of Matreyek’s older work, creating an 80-minute program, which will include a 15-minute intermission. Each performance will begin at 8:30 pm. Tickets for Infinitely Yours are $22 or $18 for REDCAT members, and all ages are welcome. The Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) is located at 631 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012. For tickets, please call the box office at 213 237-2800 or visit https://www.redcat.org/event/miwa-matreyek-infinitely-yours.
ABOUT INFINITELY YOURS:
Further pushing her signature technique of layered projections, Infinitely Yours is an emotional, dream-like meditation on climate catastrophe and the Anthropocene – the proposed current era where human influence has effected almost all realms of earth’s natural systems. Matreyek’s shadow traverses macro and micro scales, as her silhouette shape-shifts to experience the world from various perspectives. An earth overflowing with trash. A person drowning in a plastic-filled ocean. A school of fish caught in a trawling net. The work is a viscerally impactful, embodied illustration of news headlines we see every day about climate change and how we’re all inexplicably tied together, the complex harm humanity causes to the world, and what it might mean for all of us to be living in this changing world.
This project is supported by a 2019 Princess Grace Foundation Special Projects Grant.
“My work investigates how live performance, in the interdisciplinary space between cinema and theatre, can become a unique, powerful form of emotionally impactful storytelling. I make shows that integrate the shadow silhouette of a live performer (myself) with intricate layers of projected animations that unfold in a dreamlike narrative. My work (both solo and with my theater company, Cloud Eye Control) confronts the tension between humanity and nature, and the ideas of natural and unnatural; does human nature drive us to create an ‘unnatural’ world around us? Have humans become ‘unnatural’ to the planet? My work weaves scientific ideas and environmental themes. I want my projects to push myself and the audience to see and experience the world from different perspectives including ones that are not human, and imagine worlds outside of our daily scope of perceptions. My goal through form and content is to take the audience on an emotional journey that feels like a muscle memory from a dream.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Miwa Matreyek is an animator, designer, and performer based in Los Angeles, touring internationally since 2010. Coming from a background in animation, Matreyek creates live, staged performances where she interacts with her kaleidoscopic animations as a shadow silhouette, in dreamlike visions that make invisible worlds visible, often weaving surreal and poetic narratives of conflict between humanity and nature.
A few past presentations include TED, MOMA, White Light Festival at Lincoln Center, New Frontier Program at Sundance Film Festival, REDCAT, RADAR LA and many more.
Matreyek is also a co-founder and core-collaborator of the multi-media theater company, Cloud Eye Control.
Matreyek is a recipient of the Sherwood Award (2016), Creative Capital Award (2013), Princess Grace Award (2007), and Princess Grace Foundation’s Special Projects award (2009, 2012, 2019).
REDCAT, CalArts' downtown center for contemporary arts, is a multidisciplinary center for innovative visual, performing and media arts founded by CalArts in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in downtown Los Angeles. Through performances, exhibitions, screenings and literary events, REDCAT introduces diverse audiences, students and artists to the most influential developments in the arts from around the world, and gives artists in this region the creative support they need to achieve national and international stature. REDCAT continues the tradition of the California Institute of the Arts, its parent organization, by encouraging experimentation, discovery and lively civic discourse.