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New season mixes classics with innovative performances


Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre brings an “original practices” production of “Twelfth Night” to Royce Hall, complete with Elizabethan costumes, props and the music from the Bard’s era. The company’s UCLA appearance will begin its first U.S. tour with a production that had a sold-out run in London.

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From the ancient to the modern, the local to the global and the underground to the world-renowned, UCLA Live’s 2003-2004 season presents events in every shape and size. In his third season as director of the West Coast’s major presenter and producer of performing arts, David Sefton has achieved a delicate balance between street spirit and concert hall refinement.

“When we announced the season last year, the most common and flattering response was that the year was so good we would never be able to improve upon it,” said Sefton. “I am therefore thrilled and delighted to be able to prove everyone wrong with the announcement of the 2003-04 season. Once again, a highlight is the second annual International Theatre Festival — and once again UCLA Live will present the most exciting and extraordinary theater in the world over the course of the fall. And this time, the range will stretch from Shakespeare’s Globe to work that is shattering the boundaries of conventional theater and performance.”

Featuring six events beginning in October and concluding in December, the International Theatre Festival’s offerings range from intimate solo performances to large-scale productions, including Shake-speare’s Globe Theatre, which will kick off its first U.S. tour with an “original practices” production of “Twelfth Night.” Direct from a sold-out run in London, the production features Elizabethan costumes, props and music true to Shakespeare’s time; it was described by The New York Times as a version “gleaming like a newly restored painting by an old master.”

In a chilling commentary on the harmful lessons that are unwittingly passed on to subsequent generations, Belgium’s leading director and writer Josse De Pauw exposes the hedonistic world of grown-ups in “üBUNG.” In this explosive and controversial work, six children, ages 10-15, take to the stage to mimic the words and actions of adults at a dinner party, depicted in a silent black-and-white film overhead, as they booze, lie, fight and break down.

The International Theatre Festival concludes with the exclusive U.S. premier engagement of one of the most revolutionary theater establishments of the past century, Berlin’s Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, performing Dosto-evsky’s “The Insulted and Injured,” adapted and directed by renegade German director Frank Castorf. The work features German actor Martin Wuttke, who dazzled audiences when he starred in the Berliner Ensemble’s production of Brecht’s “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” at UCLA in 1999.

Bursting with innovations across disciplines, the season also features Hal Willner as UCLA Live’s Artist in Residence; a once-in-a-lifetime intimate solo performance by Mikhail Baryshnikov; violin superstar Itzhak Perlman; the U.S. debut of Britain’s Ballet Boyz presenting classical dance for the MTV generation; Montreal’s revved-up La La La Human Steps in the U.S. premiere of “Amelia”; ghoulish cabaret cult favorites The Tiger Lillies and the formidable Kronos Quartet premiering 13 new songs inspired by the unpublished writings of American illustrator Edward Gorey; knife-edged satirist Sandra Bernhard; Grammy-winning tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker and trumpeter Roy Hargrove; the hypnotic Drummers of West Africa; and the infectious horn-driven rhythms of Cuban big band ¡Cubanismo!.

Also on stage will be the Blind Boys of Alabama in a soul-lifting holiday concert; master storyteller Salman Rushdie; filmmaker and political rabble-rouser Michael Moore; Jamaican-born bass-baritone Willard White in a Paul Robeson tribute; diva Dawn Upshaw with the Australian Chamber Orchestra; and the Takács Quartet in a revelatory series of concerts performing the complete Beethoven Cycle, for which they won the 2003 Grammy Award.

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