Philip Glass in spotlight for CAP UCLA’s 2013-14 season

Composer Philip Glass, left, will be in the spotlight in the 2013-14 season at CAP UCLA.
(Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

The music of Philip Glass will be in the spotlight for the new season at the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA. The 2013-14 season will feature works and productions by Glass, Robert Wilson and the critically acclaimed British theater group Complicite.

Stage monologuist Mike Daisey -- who created a controversy last year with his production about Apple -- will bring a new theatrical work to the Westwood campus.

The season will begin with Complicite’s production of “Shun-kin” (Sep. 26-29), a Japanese-themed piece that is based on the writings of Jun'ichiro Tanizaki. The stage production divided critics when it ran in Britain in 2009.


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The tribute to Glass will include performances next May of recent and older pieces -- “The Etudes” (May 4, 2014), a new solo piece for piano; the local debut of “Music in Twelve Parts” (May 3, 2014); and Glass’ composition for film, “La Belle et la Bete” (May 2, 2014).

The latter two will be performed by the Philip Glass Ensemble. The Kronos Quartet will perform Glass’ “Orion: China” (March 14).

Wilson will present his theatrical adaptation of composer John Cage’s “Lecture on Nothing” (Oct. 15). He will appear with Glass and Lucinda Childs in a moderated panel discussion “Creating ‘Einstein on the Beach’” (Oct. 12), during which they will discuss the 1976 work being presented by Los Angeles Opera for three performances in October.

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Daisey will perform his new piece “American Utopias” (Feb. 6), which focuses on public spaces. Last year, the monologuist found himself in hot water when it was revealed that he had fabricated parts of his stage production “The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs.”

Director Peter Brook’s staging of “The Suit” (April 9-13) is an adaptation of a story by writer Can Themba and will be performed by the French company Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord.

The new season will also include the Tune-In Festival L.A., a West Coast version of the New York festival that focuses on new-music ensembles. The event will take place in late March and will feature appearances by Eighth Blackbird, yMusic and other groups.

CAP UCLA performances take place at Royce Hall and other venues on the UCLA campus. The program, headed by Kristy Edmunds, replaced the long-running but struggling UCLA Live series.


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