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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.


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


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.


MERCE CUNNINGHAM—CLOUDS AND SCREENS, part of many upcoming worldwide celebrations of the choreographer’s centenary, will be up at LACMA into 2019.

The exhibition includes video installations by Charles Atlas and Andy Warhol, as well as two video projections of early dances by Cunningham.



Through March 31.

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Above: Merce Cunningham and John Cage in an image from the 2017 exhibition catalog Merce Cunningham—Common Time. Image credit: Walker Art Center, MCA/Chicago, and LACMA.

Below: Charles AtlasMC⁹, 2012, Walker Art Center. Photograph by Gene Pittman, © Charles Atlas, courtesy Walker Art Center.


Mon Elue Noire

The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company—whose collaboration with SITI Company, A Rite, brought down the house at Royce Hall three years ago—is returning to UCLA this autumn with ANALOGY TRILOGY, a marathon work that combines Analogy/Dora and Analogy/Lance with Analogy Ambros, based on a story by W. G. Sebald.

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The Jones/Zane company engagement is one of several dance presentations now on sale as part of the complete CAP UCLA 2018–2019 season. Other highlights include Germaine Acogny’s performance of Olivier DuboisMON ÉLUE NOIRE—SACRE #2Jérôme Bel’s GALA, the Quote Unquote Collective’s MOUTHPIECE, Batsheva’s VENEZUELA, and the Merce Cunningham celebration NIGHT OF 100 SOLOS.

Dates and tickets: cap.ucla.edu/calendar

From top: Germaine Acogny in Mon élue noire—Sacre #2, Batsheva Dance Company in Venezuela, and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, photograph by Paul B. Goode.

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The Stephen Petronio Company is at the Joyce this week with the premiere of HARDNESS 10 (Petronio’s collaboration with Nico Muhly), SIGNALS (Merce Cunningham), and an excerpt from Petronio’s 2003 work UNDERLAND.


STEPHEN PETRONIO COMPANY, through Sunday, March 25.

JOYCE THEATER, 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th Street, New York City.


Stephen Petronio Company. Photograph by Julie Lemberger.



Former Merce Cunningham dancers and choreographers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener—in collaboration with video artist Charles Atlas—bring their live-dance/3-D video hybrid TESSERACT to Redcat for four performances this week. A London engagement begins at the end of February, 2019.

“The title refers to the four-dimensional analog of a cube, ‘moving from one world to another’ [Riener]. The first half of the show features 3-D footage using a mobile camera rig that moves in conjunction with the choreography, incorporating bits of animation. [In] the second half —a cast of six [dancers performing] in a proscenium setting—Atlas will mix and project real-time live video onto the stage.” — Matt de la Peña*



February 28 through March 2

Barbican Centre

Silk Street, London



Thursday through Saturday, November 30, December 1 and 2, at 8:30 pm.

Sunday, December 3, at 3 pm.


631 West 2nd Street, downtown Los Angeles.


Interview with Charles Atlas, Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener

Above: Tesseract at REDCAT. Image credit: L.A. Dance Chronicle.

Below: Charles AtlasRashaun Mitchell, and Silas Riener, Tesseract.

Photographs © Mick Bello / EMPAC.