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WINTER DANCE AT REDCAT

This weekend, CalArts Winter Dance at Redcat takes an iconic turn with a presentation of works by revolutionaries Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Trisha Brown, Rennie HarrisJiří Kylián, and Merce Cunningham, staged by dancers who carry deep histories of the choreographers’ practices and intentions.

Cunningham’s CANFIELD (1969) will be staged by his former company member Holley Farmer, Zollar’s SHELTER (1988) by fellow Urban Bush Women member Marjani Forté, and Brown’s SOLO OLOS (1976) by her former company member Samuel Wentz.

For CANFIELD, Ben Richter, Justin Scheid, and Davy Sumner will perform a score by Pauline Oliveros, and actor-vocalist Toritseju Danner and drummer Emilia Moscoso Borja will accompany SHELTER.

Kylián’s FALLING ANGELS is staged by Fiona Lummis, who danced with Nederlands Dans Theater in the 1989 premiere of the piece. Live percussion will be provided by drummers Brandon Carson, Katie Eikam, Jason Fragoso, and Kevin Good performing a composition by Steve Reich.

FACING MEKKA was choreographed in 2003 by Harris—whose new Lazarus for the Alvin Ailey company created a sensation in New York last week—and will be staged by Nina Flagg, a former member of Rennie Harris Puremovement.

CALARTS WINTER DANCE

Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8, at 8:30 pm.

Redcat

631 West 2nd Street, downtown Los Angeles.

From top: Facing Mekka, Rennie HarrisCanfield, Merce CunninghamShelter, Jawole Willa Jo ZollarSolo Olos, Trisha Brown; Falling AngelsJiří Kylián; and Facing Mekka. All images from the CalArts Winter Dance Concert, November 2018, at CalArts. Photographs by Rafael Hernandez, courtesy CalArts. Special thanks to Kelly Hargraves and Margaret Crane.

AILEY PREMIERES

The West Coast premiere of DEEP—choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti’s latest piece for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater—will take place on Thursday, March 9 at 7:30 pm. It will be repeated on Sunday, March 12 at 2 pm, in a program that includes Johan Inger’s Walking Mad and the late Alvin Ailey’s signature masterpiece Revelations.

The return of the Ailey troupe to Los Angeles will also see the West Coast premieres of Hope Boykin’s r-EVOLUTION, DREAM and Kyle Abraham’s UNTITLED AMERICA, both on Wednesday, March 8 at 7:30 pm, and again on Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 pm.

 

ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER, March 8 through 12, 2017.

7:30 pm shows Wednesday through Saturday, 2 pm matinees Saturday and Sunday. Three programs.

DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION, Music Center, downtown Los Angeles

 

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AAADT's Elisa Clark and Vernard J. Gilmore in Mauro Bigonzetti's Deep. Photograph by Paul Kolnik

AAADT’s Elisa Clark and Vernard J. Gilmore in Deep. choreographed by Mauro Bigonzetti
Photograph by Paul Kolnik