After a sold out opening weekend, L.A. Dance Project continues to welcome audiences to its new home for LIVE FROM 2245, a series of performances in downtown Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles company premieres of Benjamin Millepied’s SARABANDE and Ohad Naharin’s YAG are among the highlights of L.A. Dance Project’s spring season at The Wallis.
Also on the bill: the three Graham pas de deux that make up MARTHA GRAHAM DUETS, and HELIX, choreographed by Justin Peck and set to music by Esa-Pekka Salonen.
For SARABANDE, Devan Jaquez (flute), and Fabiola Kim (violin) will accompany the dancers onstage.
Thursday through Saturday, April 5, 6, and 7, at 7:30 pm.
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
9390 Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills.
Above: L.A. Dance Project, Martha Graham Duets. Photograph by James Welling.
Below: Stephanie Amuro and Aaron Carr in Helix.
“My interest lies in the choreographic force of knowledge attuned to the body, sensation, and emotion. Charged with a subtle energy, my performances are set within theatrical environments designed to encourage the viewer’s perceptual and intellectual participation. I work to harmonize memory and the senses so that we can see, touch, and make sense of the stuff that comprises us, has conditioned us. Through performed catharsis and joyous surrender, I dance.” — Nickels Sunshine*
This week at REDCAT, performance artist Nickels Sunshine presents TAKE ME WITH YOU—a non-gender-conforming homage to Nijinsky and Martha Graham—as part of Week Two of the New Original Works Festival 2017. Nickels will be performing with Barry Brannum, Bernard Brown, Maya Gingery, Jmy James Kidd, and Alexx Shilling.
TAKE ME WITH YOU will be followed by Tales Between Our Legs’ multimedia piece A DISMAL GLIMPSE AT A SCRIPT WE CREATE TO KEEP US MOVING FORWARD, and Vivian Bang’s performance documentary on Korean-Americans and the 1992 uprising in Los Angeles, CAN YOU HEAR ME/L A 92. (Coincidentally, the subject of a recent 90x90LA event, as well as Justin Chon’s new film Gook, out August 18).
NICKELS SUNSHINE—TAKE ME WITH YOU, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, August 3, 4, and 5. All shows at 8:30 pm.
REDCAT, DISNEY HALL, Music Center, downtown Los Angeles.
Nickels Sunshine. All images coutesy of Nickels Sunshine and REDCAT.
In a program unique to Los Angeles, the Martha Graham Dance Company presents MARTHA GRAHAM AND AMERICAN MUSIC on Saturday night at the CSUN Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge.
As a prelude to the performance, the troupe’s dancers will be joined by CSUN alumni and selected local dancers in the opening number PANORAMA. The main program begins with Graham’s tribute to the American Southwest, DARK MEADOW SUITE, followed by her “love ballet” DIVERSION OF ANGELS. Graham’s dark Medea-dance CAVE OF THE HEART is next, and the evening concludes with the last piece Graham choreographed, Scott Joplin‘s MAPLE LEAF RAG .
Martha Graham not only revolutionized dance in the twentieth century, she commissioned some of the great orchestral and chamber music of her time, working with Samuel Barber, Norman Dello Joio, Carlos Chávez, and Norman Lloyd—composers represented in MARTHA GRAHAM AND AMERICAN MUSIC, and performed live by the wild Up music collective/orchestra, conducted by Christopher Rountree.
MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY—MARTHA GRAHAM AND AMERICAN MUSIC
VALLEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, Los Angeles.