Category Archives: DANCE

PATRICK COWLEY

Join Dirty Looks and Dark Entries Records to celebrate the life of dance-music pioneer Patrick Cowley (1950–1982) on what would have been his 69th birthday.

Nikki Darling, Divinity P. Fudge, Paul Gellman, Aimee Goguen, Sarah Johnson, Mr. Drummer ’79, Mz Neon, Brontez Purnell, Beau Rice, and Sheree Rose will read from MECHANICAL FANTASY BOX—THE HOMOEROTIC JOURNAL OF PATRICK COWLEY—accompanied by music from Cowley’s gay porn soundtracks and screenings of the original videos. The evening will also feature the premiere of a double album of Cowley’s unreleased recordings.

MENERGY—A NIGHT OF PATRICK COWLEY

Saturday, October 19, from 8 pm until midnight.

Civic Center Studios

207 South Broadway, suite 1, downtown Los Angeles.

Patrick Cowley, Mechanical Fantasy Box images courtesy and © Dark Entries Records; Muscle Up, 1984, film still; Menergy image courtesy and © Dirty Looks.

THE DAY AT ROYCE HALL

THE DAY—a performative investigation of the diurnal rhythms of life and what comes after—is a superlative collaboration between avant-garde cellist Maya Beiser (who conceived the work), dancer Wendy Whelan, composer David Lang, and legendary choreographer Lucinda Childs.

When [Childs started] choreographing dances, in 1968, it was with the predilection for keeping the movement vocabulary relatively simple, seeking complexity elsewhere—in the intricate design of spatial forms and in timing. But in the music-based works choreographed since 1979, which propose a much more complex movement vocabulary, Childs has broken radically with the anti-ballet aesthetic of the other ex- or neo-Duchampian choreographers with whom she has been grouped.

Of all the adepts of the rigorously modern among contemporary choreographers, she has the subtlest and most fastidious relation to classical dance… Childs does not feed balletic movements and positions into an eclectic mix but wholly transforms and reinterprets them. In this, as in other matters, she is adamantly anti-collage.Susan Sontag*

THE DAY was commissioned by Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Carolina Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina, Jacob’s Pillow, the Joyce Theater, and CAP UCLA, and will be performed by Beiser and Whelan twice this weekend at Royce Hall.

THE DAY

Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19, at 8 pm.

Royce Hall, UCLA

10745 Dickson Court, Los Angeles.

*Susan Sontag, “A Lexicon for Available Light,” Art in America, December 1983. Collected in Where the Stress Falls (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2001). Reprinted in Susan Sontag: Later Essays (New York: Library of America, 2017), 364–379.

The Day, Maya Beiser, Wendy Whelan, David Lang, Lucinda Childs: Beiser and Whelan in performance, photographs by Nils Schlebusch. Images courtesy and © the artists, the photographer, and CAP UCLA.

WILLIAM FORSYTHE — A QUIET EVENING OF DANCE

William Forsythe presents A QUIET EVENING OF DANCE, two weeks of performances at The Shed mixing old and new works, set to the sound of the dancers breathing.

The program includes DIALOGUE (DUO2015) and CATALOGUE (SECOND EDITION) and, as a closer, the new SEVENTEEN/TWENTY ONE.

SEVENTEEN/TWENTY ONE is… a work whose brilliance Mr. Forsythe has deliberately primed us to see through the quiet rigors of the preceding works.” — Judith Mackrell

A QUIET EVENING OF DANCE will be performed by Brigel Gjoka, Jill Johnson, Christopher Roman, Parvaneh Scharafali, Riley Watts, Rauf Yasit, and Ander Zabala.

WILLIAM FORSYTHE—A QUIET EVENING OF DANCE

October 11 through 25.

Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm. Sundays at 3 pm.

No performance on Thursday, October 17.

Griffin Theater, The Shed

545 West 30th Street, New York City.

William Forsythe, A Quiet Evening of Dance, from top: Ander Zabala and Parvaneh Scharafali; Rauf Yasit (foreground) and Christopher Roman (2); Jill Johnson and Roman (2); Riley Watts (right), Zabala, and Brigel Gjoka(red pants); Yasit and Scharafali; Johnson and Roman. Images courtesy and © the choreographer, the dancers, and the videographer.

THE SUN STILL BURNS HERE

The world premiere engagement of THE SUN STILL BURNS HERE—a collaboration between choreographer Kate Wallich and her troupe The YC, performer Mike Hadreas / Perfume Genius, musician Alan Wyffels, and art director Andrew J.S.— starts this weekend in Seattle, followed by a New York presentation at the Joyce, and dates in Minneapolis and Boston.

THE SUN STILL BURNS HERE

Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, at 8 pm.

Moore Theatre

1932 2nd Avenue, Seattle.

Wednesday, November 13, at 7:30.

Thursday through Saturday, November 14, 15, and 16, at 8 pm.

Sunday, November 17, at 2 pm.

Joyce Theater

175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street), New York City.

From top: Kate Wallich and Mike Hadreas / Perfume Genius, photograph by Agustin Hernandez; The Sun Still Burns Here MASS MoCA work-in-progress rehearsal and performance, June 2019, photographs by Andrew J.S. (2); posters for the Moore and the Joyce engagements, photographs by Agustin Hernandez (2); Hadreas MASS MoCA photograph by Andrew J.S., The Sun Still Burns Here photograph by Agustin Hernandez. Images courtesy and © the artists, performers, designers, and photographers.

L.A. DANCES — PROGRAM A

L.A. Dance Project presents L.A. DANCES—A FESTIVAL OF 10 DANCE WORKS, an engagement of ten Los Angeles premieres—plus a new production of Bella Lewitzky’s KINAESONATA—over the course of the next two months.

Program A includes new work by L.A. Dance Project dancers Janie Taylor (ADAGIO IN B MINOR) and Gianna Reisen (RISING WATER)—as well Kyle Abraham’s CHAPTER SONG. This fast-moving piece of vignettes and quick cuts features costumes and text by the choreographer, voiceover by Carrie Mae Weems, and music by everyone from Philip Glass and Barbra Streisand to Outkast and Kendrick Lamar.

The evening opens with SPLIT STEP, a collaboration by visual artist Emily Mast, director Zack Winokur, composer Evan Mast, lighting designer Christopher Kuhl, and the dancers of L.A. Dance Project.

L.A. DANCES—PROGRAM A

Thursday through Sunday, September 26, 27, 28, and 29.

Thursday through Sunday, October 10, 11, 12, and 13.

Sunday, October 20, and Thursday, October 24.

All performances at 8 pm.

L.A. Dance Project

2245 East Washington Boulevard, downtown Los Angeles.

L.A. Dance Project, L.A. Dances—A Festival of 10 Dance Works, Program A images courtesy and © L.A. Dance Project, the dancers, and the photographers.