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Meg Wolfe brings "New Faithful Disco" to REDCAT. / Photo by Robbie Sweeny

Local dance mover and shaker Meg Wolfe has been bringing movement-based performances to LA audiences ever since her arrival in town in the early 2000s. Whether curating showcases or hosting out-of-town dance makers through Show Box LA, Wolfe helps keep our city in the midst of contemporary performance. This time, she premieres her own creation, “New Faithful Disco” at REDCAT Thursday through Saturday, January 28 through 30, at 8:30 p.m.

Engaging the collaborative assistance of highly skilled postmodern dancers taisha paggett and Marbles Radio (aka Rae Shaolan) along with Netherlands-based composer Maria de los Angeles “Cuca” Esteves, the work is described in promotional materials as “belief . . . made manifest as energy.” The artist elaborates by calling it “a queer-love power-trio wrought with awkwardness and contradictions.”

Set against a score that mixes the natural world with disco rhythms, terms like communal energy, accumulated whirlwind and the body as the conduit for faded histories and new frames, this evening-length exploration continues Wolfe’s investigation into a “lush physicality.” She’s been presented at REDCAT several times in the recent past, at many non-traditional venues across the county and, in earlier days, in New York City.

After this weekend’s run, the women will tour the work to Portland, San Francisco and Houston as part of the National Performance Network. The LA Weekly says, “Meg Wolfe is remarkable…unfettered by physical constraints.” The San Diego Union Tribune calls her “a postmodernist jokester with a sly sense of humor.”

—Benn Widdey, Culture Spot LA

REDCAT is located at 631 W. Second St., LA 90012. Tickets are $12-$25 and can be purchased at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/950785. For more information, visit http://www.redcat.org/event/meg-wolfe-new-faithful-disco.