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“CORPS” comes to REDCAT this week. / Photo credit Maria Baranova

With a history in both the LA and New York boundary-breaking and concept-driven dance communities, ever-exploring choreographer, performer and educator Milka Djordjevich premieres her newest group work, “CORPS,” in person at REDCAT this Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 11-13, at 8:30 p.m. The Saturday show will also be livestreamed.

Following an ongoing investigation into what dance should or should not be, Djordjevich is joined by six female LA- and NY-based performers and composer Celia Hollander to bring a few questions to the stage.

She began her inquiry into dance practices preoccupied with producing neutrality and anonymity in 2018 and presented her findings in that year’s NOW Festival. Since then and circumventing pandemic-related cancellations, she has been fine-tuning her research. Promotional materials state that “‘CORPS’ aims to unravel and disorient the militaristic conditioning of groups … revealing similarities between traditional, combative, ritualistic, athletic and folk movement forms.” From what is described as a “steady urgency,” this “procession of distorted collectivity” develops into “a pathway to unruliness.”

Might this be an artistic metaphor for our times? 

The dance maker has presented her repertory across the globe, including highly prestigious venues that support investigation into the art form. Her work has been nourished by an array of international choreographic residencies, awards and teaching opportunities. The New York Times has defined her work as “a brazen, sensual and blessedly chaotic force.”

—Benn Widdey, Culture Spot LA


REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., LA 90012