Theater and Dance

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 [...]



Malpaso Dance Company at The Wallis and the Irvine Barclay Theatre

March 18, 2019 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

As the relationship between our nation and our island neighbor Cuba has resurrected, the Malpaso Dance Company brings its powerhouse contemporary dance to the Southland for four shows in the next two weeks. Presenting distinctly different programs in each of two locales, the visitors will perform this Wednesday, March 20, at 8 p.m. at the [...]



Batsheva Dance brings ‘Venezuela’ to Royce Hall

March 12, 2019 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

Acclaimed Tel Aviv-based and internationally touring contemporary dance company Batsheva Dance brings a 2017 work created by its now-Resident Choreographer and then-Artistic Director Ohad Naharin to the Royce Hall stage for two performances this Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16 at 8 p.m.
Presented by the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, “Venezuela” [...]



Meredith Monk’s ‘Cellular Songs’ at Royce Hall

February 26, 2019 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

Creating a parallel universe both entirely human and otherworldly, Meredith Monk’s latest soundscape, “Cellular Songs,” floats down to our planet for only one performance, this Saturday, March 2, at 8 p.m. at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus.
Performed by the five women of the Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, this evening-length music theater piece includes [...]



Martha Graham Dance Company in Irvine and Northridge

February 25, 2019 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

Though born near Pittsburgh just before the turn of the 20th century, pioneering dancer/choreographer Martha Graham spent her teenage and young adult years right here in Southern California. Moving with her family to Santa Barbara when she was 14, she saw a performance of Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn in Los Angeles, moved to [...]



Ate9 Dance at the Wallis

February 12, 2019 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

On the local contemporary dance scene since 2013 and now touring across the country, the Ate9 Dance Company premieres its newest work, “a blind LAdy” in the Bram Goldsmith Theater at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 16, at 7:30 p.m.
Directed and choreographed by Israeli-born Danielle [...]



Kevin Williamson + Company at the Odyssey Dance Festival

February 6, 2019 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

The third annual Dance at the Odyssey Festival concludes this weekend with three performances by Kevin Williamson + Company on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m. Williamson and a handful of collaborating movement artists will premiere “Gnarled,” a collection of duets that explore themes [...]