A known incubator for cutting edge dance and other performing arts, REDCAT’s New Original Works (NOW) Festival opens the first of three weekends, each offering an early look at three artists or groups. This initial week includes performance art from Sola Bamis considering skincare routines and “womanist” survival, zach dorn and Danielle Dahl manipulating table top dioramas and a train set, and choreographer Katherine Helen Fisher and artist Andrew Ondrejcak celebrating the divine feminine.

zach dorn at NOW FEST, Week One (REDCAT)

Week 2 finds Paul Outlaw’s horror movie nod to Franz Kafka, while choreographer Kate Watson-Wallace, composer Hprizm and visual artist Verónica Casado Hernandez collaborate on a live collage, plus interdisciplinary artists Alexandro Segade and Amy Ruhl demonstrate their “socialism app.”

Week 3 concludes the fest with a musical theater work from Source Material, Austyn Rich considers front-lined black and brown troops, and Poor Dog Group’s co-founder Jesse Bonnell goes solo.

REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., downtown; Thu.-Sat., 8:30 p.m., through Aug. 10; $20/$16 students. redcat.org/now19.

Source Material/Samantha Shay at NOW Fest, Week 3 (REDCAT)

Jesse Bonnell at NOW Fest, Week 3 (REDCAT)

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