A Selective Guide to the Arts in Los Angeles

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Opening its 2019-2020 season this weekend, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater is presenting a return visit from choreographer Ligia Lewis Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 12-14, at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m. The company of three will present the Los Angeles premiere of “Water Will (in Melody),” the third of a trilogy of work of which “minor matter” was seen here in January 2018. 

Described in promotional materials as a “dystopian fantasy” that extends from the Brothers Grimm to melodrama via voice, gesture, touch and movement, the evening-length piece has previously been reviewed in bachtrack (a classical music website) as “raw and direct, disturbingly grotesque, suddenly beautifully poetic and unwittingly explicit . . . a journey to an unfortunately unknown destination.”

Born in the Dominican Republic, raised in Florida, currently based in Berlin, Germany, and this fall the Alma M. Hawkins Memorial Chair at UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures Department, choreographer Ligia Lewis has been awarded several national and international prizes. The company tours across the US, UK, Europe and South America. It is also offering a workshop/jam session this Saturday afternoon to explore the intersection of music, movement, trance states and improvisation.

Benn Widdey, Culture Spot LA


REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., LA 90012

Workshop/Jam Session Saturday, Sept.14, 12-2 p.m.

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2520 W. Jefferson Blvd., LA 90018


$14-$32 https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/1015765