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This week in Beverly Hills, Ludwig Göransson—composer for all of Ryan Coogler’s films, and producer of Haim and Childish Gambino—will perform live and join Elvis Mitchell for a conversation about film music and production.



Tuesday, January 15, at 7:30 pm.

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

9390 Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills.

Above: Fruitvale Station original soundtrack album.

Below: Donald Glover (left) and Ludwig Göransson.


The Windy City is in the house this week at The Wallis with the collaborative performance of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and the music ensemble Third Coast Percussion, here for a three-night engagement in Beverly Hills.

The West Coast premiere of Emma Portner’s FOR ALL ITS FURY will open the show, prefaced by the composition “Perfectly Voiceless.” The solo work by Rena Butler is outstanding in this piece, and the energetic male pairings between Craig D. Black, Jr., Elliot Hammans, Florian Lochner, and Andrew Murdock are distinctive.

A second local premiere—Teddy Forance’s EVERYTHING MUST GO—will close out the first half of the evening. The works in Act One run in continuum, and the music for all three was written by Devonté Hynes.

After the break, the groups will perform Ohad Naharin’s IGNOREAlejandro Cerrudo’s PACOPEPEPLUTO, and Crystal Pite’s SOLO ECHO.



Thursday through Saturday, January 10, 11, and 12.

All shows at 7:30 pm.

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Bram Goldsmith Theater

9390 Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills.

From top:

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago performs choreographer Teddy Forance’s Everything Must Go with David Skidmore of Third Coast Percussion.

Hubbard Street dancers (from left) Kellie Epperheimer, Jacqueline Burnett, Adrienne Lipson, Alicia Delgadillo, and Rena Butler in Ignore from Decadance/Chicago by Ohad Naharin.

Hubbard Street dancer Craig D. Black Jr. in PACOPEPEPLUTO by Alejandro Cerrudo.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in Solo Echo by Crystal Pite.

Hubbard Street dancer Rena Butler in For All Its Fury by Emma Portner.

All photographs by Kevin Parry, January 10, 2019, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.


This week, Jacob Jonas The Company will present five premieres at the Wallis’ intimate Lovelace Studio Theater.

The nightly program includes three world premieres choreographed by company founder and director Jacob JonasMAKE A TOAST, CRASH, and the opening number TRANSFER, in which Jonas—joined by company veterans Lamonte Goode, Jacob “Kujo” Lyons, Mike Tyus, and Jill Wilson—will dance.

Also on the bill are the world premieres of Donald Byrd’s UNKNOWN TERRITORIES and Omar Román De Jesús’ CUPIDO.

CRASH, which closes the evening, features a live score composed and performed by Okaidja Afroso.


Wednesday through Saturday

October 24, 25, 26, and 27, at 8 pm.

Saturday, October 27, at 2:30 pm.

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Lovelace Studio Theater

9390 Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills.

From top:

Jacob Jonas, Crash, Joy Isabella Brown and Emma Rosenzweig-Bock in top photo, and Lamont Goode—with Okaidja Afroso in background—in photograph second from top.

Jacob Jonas, Transfer, Jonas and Jill Wilson.

Donald Byrd, Unknown Territories, Jacob “Kujo” Lyons at center.

Transfer, Wilson and Mike Tyus.

All photographs by Lawrence K. Ho.


The structure of LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT is a key to its content. A threnody of dependence and addiction that begins at the breakfast table and ends long after last call, Eugene O’Neill’s posthumously produced masterpiece (now on the boards at The Wallis) runs the clock through a familial tale of dashed hopes, loss, grievance, and judgment. And as sure as the sun rises every morning, the cycle will repeat itself the following day and the day after that.

The play is O’Neill’s autobiography, a mordant distillation of his life in the early 1900s, when he returns home from the sea and is making his way as a poet and reporter. His father and older brother are already established as itinerant actors, and his mother—a convent girl when she met Eugene’s father—has been reduced to making a home out of hotel rooms and train coaches as she raises a family on the road. Temporarily settled in a rundown house in coastal Connecticut when the play begins, all of the O’Neills (the Tyrone family in the play) are addicts—father and both sons are alcoholics, and mother Mary Tyrone has a long-running morphine habit.

Jeremy Irons plays patriarch James Tyrone as an incorrigible old ham who has earned his eternal hour upon the stage as the result of being thrown to the wolves at age ten, and Irons’ act of selfless self-dramatization is a definitive reading of O’Neill and, in Los Angeles, sets the performative bar higher than it’s been in years.

For Mary—a spectator to her own life—morphine barely quiets a racing mind, and Leslie Manville somehow turns this picture of narcissistic need into a figure of sympathy. This may be partly due to the play’s obvious double-standard: the characters view heavy drinking as “a good man’s failing,” but Mary’s morphine habit—no more debilitating than the alcoholism of the rest of the family—is seen as an unspeakable horror.

As big brother James, Jr.—a bit of a cartoon in character and voice—Rory Keenan comes into his own late in Act II with a riveting confession scene that tears the roof off the theater. Matthew Beard portrays the play’s author (renamed Edmund Tyrone) as a prototype member of the Lost Generation, searching for gravity at the bottom of a bottle of whiskey.

This landmark Bristol Old Vic production is directed by Richard Eyre.


Through July 1.

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

9390 Santa Monica Boulevard North, Beverly Hills.

Top: Leslie Manville and Matthew Beard.

Above: Rory Keenan.

Below: Manville and Jeremy Irons.

Photographs by Hugo Glendinning.


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.