Theater and Dance

Review: Royal Ballet, Company Wayne McGregor and Thomas Adès at the Music Center

July 15, 2019 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

London’s Royal Ballet culminated its two-week residency at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with an explosive program of premieres. The first weekend of its stay brought a re-mounting of the 1978 “Mayerling,” choreographed by previous Royal Ballet Director and, later, Resident Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan. This past weekend unveiled a collaborative project with Her Majesty The Queen’s [...]



Review: ‘Mysterious Circumstances’ at the Geffen Playhouse

June 25, 2019 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

David Grann, a journalist who writes nonfiction that reads like fiction, has written compelling books about a British explorer who disappeared in the Amazon looking for a lost ancient city and the Osage Indian murders that led to the creation of the FBI. In December 2004, he published an article in The New Yorker called [...]



The Royal Ballet at The Music Center with Thomas Adès and Company Wayne McGregor

June 20, 2019 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

After a 24-year absence from Los Angeles, Great Britain’s most prestigious ballet company, The Royal Ballet, returns to The Music Center for two back-to-back weekends this July at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. From July 5–7, The Royal Ballet performs its masterpiece, Mayerling, a three-act work depicting scandal and murder in the 19th-century Austro-Hungarian Empire. The [...]



Sigrid Gilmer’s ‘Mama Metal’ from IAMA Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre

June 13, 2019 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

Sigrid Gilmer’s “Mama Metal” is a surreal take on the “mama drama,” the two most famous of which, Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” and Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie,” figure in this new play. Gilmer’s Humanitas-developed meta-theatrical comedy received its world premiere at the Atwater Village Theatre in May and continues through June 23.
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LA Phil New Music Group and Yuval Sharon Re-Imagine Meredith Monk’s opera ‘Atlas’

June 10, 2019 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Classical Music and Opera, Theater and Dance

MacArthur Genius Grant winner Yuval Sharon concludes his three-year collaborative residency at the Los Angeles Philharmonic with the West Coast premiere of Meredith Monk’s landmark composition, “Atlas: an opera in three parts.” Taking place Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, June 11, 12 and 14, at 8 p.m., the production is presented at the prestigious Disney Hall.
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The Wooden Floor’s ‘Of Knowing Where’

May 28, 2019 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

Presenting its 36th annual end of the school year concert, Santa Ana’s The Wooden Floor brings nationally recognized choreographers’ collaborations with under-served youth to the  Irvine Barclay Theatre for four shows this weekend. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 30-June 1, “Of Knowing Where” includes dances created and performed by the young people under the [...]



Chinese fairy tale comes to life with Ballet Preljocaj at the Soraya

April 16, 2019 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

Making its debut at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya), Aix-en-Provence-based Ballet Preljocaj (pronounced Prel-zho-cazh) will present its 2016 creation “La Fresque (or The Painting on the Wall)” on Thursday, April 18, at 8 p.m. Based on “The Mural,” a Chinese traditional folk story first published in 1740, the [...]



Los Angeles Dance Festival opens this weekend

April 11, 2019 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

For the seventh year running, the Los Angeles Dance Festival takes center stage to highlight the breadth of contemporary dance created by and with LA dancers and choreographers. Both concert and commercial (Hollywood) artists will strut their stuff April 12 to 28 at three theaters and four community centers across the city. Funded in part [...]



Review: Open Fist Theatre Company’s ‘What Matters Now?/! (Another Political Pop-Up of the Theatrical Kind)’

March 28, 2019 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

You would not be unusual if the 24-hour news cycle over the past year made you want to hide your head in the sand. The craziness of the political and social climate in our nation can often get hard to bear. But Open Fist Theatre Company’s latest production at the Atwater Village Theatre, “What Matters [...]



Open Fist Theatre Company presents ‘What Matters Now?/!’

March 22, 2019 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

Open Fist Theatre Company and Artistic Director Martha Demson have created a relaxed speakeasy setting for their latest show at the Atwater Village Theatre. “What Matters Now?/! (Another Political Pop-Up of the Theatrical Kind)” brings to the stage works by 11 playwrights from around the country who have something to say about our nation’s social [...]