Theater and Dance

French Choreographer Jérôme Bel Brings “Gala” to Downtown LA

January 29, 2019 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

Subscribing to the philosophy that dance is an all-inclusive activity and performance is just an extension of that, celebrated dance maker Jérôme Bel returns to Los Angeles courtesy of the Center for the Art of Performance and the Ford Theatres. His intergenerational company features 20 professional dancers, non-dancers, women and men with a range of [...]

Experimental Dance/Art at REDCAT

January 23, 2019 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

Following an enthusiastic viral response to the work-in-progress showing in last summer’s New Original Works Festival at REDCAT, Sebastian Hernandez will present a fully realized run of his dance/art project, “Hypanthium,” at the downtown theater below Disney Hall this Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 24-26, at 8:30 p.m.
This evening-length premiere is described in promotional materials as [...]

Dance at the Odyssey

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

Based in West LA, the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble is hosting its third annual Dance at the Odyssey festival Jan. 17 through Feb. 10. Each weekend highlights a different choreographer or company on various performance schedules.
This Thursday, Jan. 17, through Sunday, Jan. 20, L.A. Contemporary Dance Company presents “The Only Constant” for shows Thursday, Friday and [...]

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago at the Wallis

January 8, 2019 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

Premiering new work with live music, the highly acclaimed and well-established Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Third Coast Percussion present three shows this Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 10-12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Bram Goldsmith Theater of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
This collaboration between the Chicago-based quartet of Grammy Award-winning classically trained [...]

Los Angeles Youth Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

December 17, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

Internationally renowned ballet stars and prominent role models Ashley Murphy and Brooklyn Mack guest star in Los Angeles Youth Ballet’s critically acclaimed production of The Nutcracker by award-winning choreographer Andrea Paris-Gutierrez, which caps the holiday season with four performances Dec. 21 to 23 at Glendale’s Alex Theatre.
Enhancing the rich compendium of this much beloved classic, Paris-Gutierrez’s [...]

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company at UCLA

October 31, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

As is often the case, choreographer/director/author and Kennedy Center Awardee Bill T. Jones is pushing the envelope. Having spent four years developing his new “Analogy Trilogy,” the ensemble is taking up residence on the Royce Hall stage to present the three pieces in succession in two shows Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4. Presented [...]

East Indian music and ballet with Lines Ballet and Alonzo King at The Wallis

October 29, 2018 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

The San Francisco-based Lines Ballet and its innovative choreographer/director, Alonzo King, together with Grammy Award-winning tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain and ninth-generation Sarangi master Sabir Khan bring their centuries-old artistic foundations to merge this Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 1-3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bram Goldsmith Theater of The Wallis.
This Southern California debut of the evening-length [...]

Cas Public at Theatre Raymond Kabbaz

October 23, 2018 | By Benn Widdey | Category: Theater and Dance

American modern dance pioneer Martha Graham brought her milieu to our northern neighbor in the middle of the 20th century. Like here, it was celebrated in the dance lexicon as a revolutionary means of movement expression. But Canada’s connection to this U.S.-founded art form is currently not very apparent. Our maple leaf colleague’s contemporary scene [...]

Review: ‘The Woman in Black’ at the Pasadena Playhouse

October 20, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Theater and Dance

On opening night for “The Woman in Black” at the Pasadena Playhouse, a full house was laughing out loud, especially early on. Later, they were jumping in their seats, gasping and screaming. The play, which entertained more than 8 million people over 28 years (making it London’s second longest-running West End play), has come to [...]

Review: Ghost stories from Wicked Lit

October 8, 2018 | By Julie Riggott | Category: Featured Articles, Theater and Dance

I’m not crazy about pumpkin spice anything, but one thing I definitely look forward to each fall is Wicked Lit — the Halloween-themed theater experience that haunts Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery in Altadena each October and November.
This is Paul Millet and Jonathan Josephson’s 10th annual fall production of Wicked Lit; and instead of going [...]