Off Center Festival 2016


Segerstrom Center’s Off CenterSM Festival returns January 16 – January 30, 2016 with an all-new line-up of creative, contemporary and sometimes controversial artists and shows.


The festival will present Manual Cinema’s ADA/AVA, Dorothée Munyaneza’s Samedi détente, Kid Koala’s Nufonia Must Fall, Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely in Sacred Music for Sacred Times, Sarah Jones’ Sell/Buy/Date and The Martha Redbone Roots Project.


POP: Parties on the Plaza
January 16 & 23 at 6 p.m.
Arts Plaza

On Off Center Saturdays, January 16 and 23, the Center’s Arts Plaza will come alive with dancing, popular OC food trucks and music by two LA-based bands. The festival kicks off on January 16 with Allah-Las. Their sound is a rich fusion of West Coast garage rock and roll, Latin percussion and electric folk.

On January 23, cinematic popsters Milo Greene takes over with a set from the group's self-titled album, which reached number one on the US Billboard Heatseekers Album chart.

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Manual Cinema
January 19 & 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Samueli Theater

An immersive story comes to life on both stage and screen with vintage overhead projectors, multiple screens, puppets, actors, live feed cameras, multi-channel sound design and a live music ensemble, as Manual Cinema explores universal themes of mourning, melancholy and life.

Recommended for ages 12 and older.

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Samedi Détente
Dorothée Munyaneza
January 21 - 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Judy Morr Theater
Performed in English

Twenty years after fleeing Rwanda as a young girl, Dorothée Munyaneza is ready to look back. Through spoken word, song and movement, Samedi Détente explores the will to survive and find happiness amidst unspeakable horrors.  Accompanied by Ivorian dancer Nadia Beugé and French musician Alain Mahé, Munyaneza returns to the memories of her childhood with potent music, electrifying movement and dispassionate testimony.

Recommended for mature audiences

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Nufonia Must Fall
Kid Koala and the Afiara Quartet
January 22 7:30 p.m. and January 23 at 2 p.m.
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Nufonia Must Fall LIVE: Equal parts cinema, theatre, and musical concert. An amazing team of puppeteers brings the characters of Kid Koala's graphic novel Nufonia Must Fall to life in miniature sets built to recreate each scene from the book. Collaborating with Oscar-nominated production designer K.K. Barrett (Her, Lost in Translation), Kid Koala enlists a team of puppeteers to stage the circuit-bent amoré as camera crews edit the footage in real time, resulting in a live silent film.

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Sacred Music for Sacred Times

Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely
Featuring Judith Casselberry, Stephanie McKay, Allison Miller, Marcelle Davies Lashley, Ganessa James, Alex Nolan and Juliette Jones
January 22 & 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Samueli Theater

Toshi and her all-star band BIGLovely are a joyful celebration. This versatile singer-songwriter-guitarist, who has been described as a combination of Sly and the Family Stone, Joni Mitchell, Led Zeppelin and an entire gospel choir, has moves audiences with her big-hearted approach to rock, blues, R&B, country folk, spirituals and funk.

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Sarah Jones
January 28 – 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Studio Performance Space (Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall)

Tony Award®-winning writer, performer and activist Sarah Jones (Bridge & Tunnel) brings to the stage a dazzling medley of characters in Sell/Buy/Date, an exuberant new play inspired by the real-life experiences of people affected by the commercial sex industry. Through her masterful, multicultural characterizations, Jones explores an array of diverse perspectives on a fascinating and incendiary subject, all while preserving the full humanity and humor of voices seldom heard in the theater.

Recommended for mature audiences

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Martha Redbone Roots Project
Martha Redbone
January 28 – 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Studio Performance Space (Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall)

The powerful blues and soul singer explores traditional and modern variations of folk, roots, blues, tribal and soul. Raised on Tanya Tucker as much as the Jackson Five, the award-winning singer-songwriter has sung in such disparate occasions as the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Nimham Mountain Music Festival and at both of President Barak Obama’s inaugurations. Redbone is joined at Off Center Festival 2016 by an all-star band in an epic concert that spans generations and a breadth of music genres, revealing a great American story that has remained untold until now.

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Off Center Lounge
Leatherby’s Café Rouge (Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall)
January 20, 22, 23, 28 – 30
Opens at 9 p.m.

The Off Center Lounge in Leatherby’s Café Rouge returns for Off Center Festival 2016. Audiences can mix and mingle with fellow audience members and Off Center artists. It’s rare opportunity to talk one-on-one with the creators and performers of these thought provoking works and pose those questions that oftentimes go unanswered. A special low-cost menu will be available starting at 9 p.m.