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Miranda July, Pussy Riot will be part of new CAP UCLA season

Miranda July, Pussy Riot will be part of new CAP UCLA season
Members of Pussy Riot, shown upon their release from a Sochi police station in 2014, will be among the performers in CAP UCLA's new season. (Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times)

Appearances by Miranda July and the Russian protest group Pussy Riot will be among the highlights of the new season at the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA.

The season begins in August and will also include performances of Toni Morrison's play, "Desdemona," directed by Peter Sellars.

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Organizers at CAP UCLA, which announced the new season this week, said that members of Pussy Riot will appear in conversation on Feb. 11 at Royce Hall. The feminist protest group stages performance pieces that have sometimes targeted Russian President Vladimir Putin.

July will present her latest piece, "New Society," (Oct. 17 and 18) at the Freud Playhouse. The inter-disciplinary performance piece explores the way societies come together and interact.

"Desdemona" (Oct. 8 to 11) explores the female heroine of Shakespeare's "Othello" in a staging by Sellars. The unconventional piece was written by Morrison as a collaboration with  Malian singer Rokia Traoré. The stage work has already been seen at the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center in New York and at UC-Berkeley.

Dancers Akram Khan and Israel Galván will appear in their piece "Torobaka" (March 18 and 19) at Royce Hall. The L.A.-based urban dance company Contra-Tiempo will present its piece, "Agua Furiosa," (Jan. 14 to 24) at Kaufman Hall. The work is inspired by Shakespeare's "The Tempest."

The season will also include appearances by Lucinda Williams, Anoushka Shankar, film composer Randy Newman and the L.A. Chamber Orchestra.

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