Los Angeles-based choreographer/director Daniel Ezralow is launching his new company, Ezralow Dance, and bringing his Olympic-scale choreography to his home base this Saturday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m. at the outdoor Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood.
Though he began as a rough and tumble modern dancer in the prestigious companies of Paul Taylor, Pilobolus, Lar Lubavitch, ISO Dance and MOMIX, Ezralow has since created movement works for the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, for the internationally renowned Cirque de Soleil, for Broadway, for opera, for film and for various commercial interests.
Wanting to make a home for his eclectic repertory here in LA, he has been commissioned by the Zev Yaroslavsky Signature Series of the LA County Arts Commission to create something site-specific for the nestled-in-a-forest stage on Cahuenga Boulevard. Accompanied by the live musicians of the contemporary classical ensemble wild Up under the direction of Christopher Rountree, this one-of-a-kind event features the premiere of a new Bach deconstruction by Chris Kallmeyer (composer of the Bach as a Lens series) and a performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, played with a completely different set of instruments than those Bach would have used.
We’ve all seen Ezralow’s work transmitted via global TV, but we rarely have the opportunity to witness the grandeur in our own backyard. (Bring a jacket.)
Tickets aren’t cheap, but it looks like a good reason to splurge.
—Benn Widdey, Culture Spot LA
The Ford Amphitheater is at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood 90068 (just off the 101, between Hollywood Boulevard and Barham Boulevard in the Cahuenga Pass). Tickets are $50, $65 and $80. VIP Package: $100 (includes premium seating, choice of wine or beer and on-site parking). Purchase tickets at http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=1007&pid=7731861.
On-site, stacked parking: $5 per vehicle. Free satellite parking and free shuttle to the Ford available at Universal City/Studio City Metro Station lot at Lankershim Boulevard and Campo de Cahuenga. Shuttle stops in the “kiss and ride” area and cycles every 15-20 minutes. Please allow an extra 30 minutes if taking the shuttle.