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Immersed in everything from meditation to martial arts to modern dance, Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan, Asia’s most renowned contemporary dance company, makes its Music Center debut in a stunning production of Rice. Brimming with beauty, strength and breathtaking choreography set against powerful videographic imagery, Cloud Gate offers “A sharply moving synthesis of man and nature, east and west, death and rebirth...Lin Hwai-min’s own song of the earth.” —The Guardian
This exhibition highlights ABT's vibrant seventy-five year history with objects drawn primarily from the American Ballet Theatre Collection at the Library of Congress, as well as from the Library's extensive dance and music collections. In 1939, a group of dancers, choreographers, and producers associated with Russian-born Mikhail Mordkin's ballet company joined together to establish a new, innovative dance company they called Ballet Theatre. The company premiered in New York City on January 11, 1940, to great critical acclaim. Early in its organization, Ballet Theatre-renamed American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in 1957-began to tour, representing the United States both domestically and internationally.
A minefield of intimacy and identity is set for one modern family when a generational gap between parents and their daughter is blown wide open—extending far beyond culinary tastes and into race, ambiguous sexuality, and faith. Profoundly insightful and funny, The Mystery of Love & Sex offers a contemporary look at romance, relationships and our connections to each other in a world full of tangled and complicated differences.
The King of the Universe is tackling His greatest challenge yet: Live-Theatre in Los Angeles. God takes the form of Emmy Award winner Sean Hayes in An Act of God, a 90-minute comedy where the Almighty and His devoted Angels answer some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation. He’s finally arrived to set the record straight…and He’s not holding back!
An Act of God, coming to the Ahmanson straight from Broadway, is based on the critically acclaimed book written by God and transcribed by David Javerbaum. Javerbaum is a 13-time Emmy Award® winner for his work as a head writer and executive producer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and also curator of the Twitter account@TheTweetOfGod, which has over 2 million followers.
CITY OF LIGHT: Mother Goose, with installation
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Friday, February 12, 8:00pm
Saturday, February 13, 8:00pm
Sunday, February 14, 2:00pm
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Vincent Dubois, organ
Camilla Tilling, soprano
Ars Electronica Futurelab, installation artists
Tanguy: Affettuoso (c. 11 minutes)
Poulenc: Organ Concerto (c. 20 minutes)
Poulenc: Organ Concerto
Dutilleux: Correspondances (c. 15 minutes)
Ravel: Mother Goose, with installation (c. 30 minutes)
About This Performance
The title of Henri Dutilleux' song cycle suggests both the correspondence between sound and color (Dutilleux was a marvelous orchestral colorist, and alludes to Baudelaire's famous poem about synaesthesia) and correspondence as communication (the main texts are from actual letters). Salonen has long championed the music of the late French composer, and when he performed the cycle with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Dutilleux was so impressed that he suggested a recording (which Salonen and that orchestra recently made for DG) and composed a new finale for it.
Come for: Salonen's City of Light mini-festival begins with this tantalizing mix spanning a century of French music.
And more: A newly commissioned installation will surround the performance of Ravel's delicate and magical Mother Goose to close this program.
“American theater’s most inspired company.” – The New York Times
"One of The Wooster Group’s many superpowers is their ability to flay their source materials until the
original bodiesof text transform into entirely other beasts.” – Artforum
“Is there nothing The Wooster Group cannot imagine — or re-imagine?” – The New Yorker
Seminal theater ensemble The Wooster Group premieres its production of Harold Pinter's "The Room." Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte, the work features performances by Group members and associates Kate Valk, Suzzy Roche, Ari Fliakos, Philip Moore and Scott Renderer. "The Room" is Pinter’s first play, written in 1957 when he was 27. London’s Sunday Times wrote in a 1958 review that “the play makes one stir uneasily in one’s shoes, and doubt, for a moment, the comforting solidity of the earth.” The new production is part of a multi-year relationship between REDCAT and The Wooster Group, which has made the theater their second home in the U.S.
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Tuesday, February 16, 8:00pm
Richard Tognetti, artistic director/violin
Jon Frank Photographic Images and Footage
Mick Sowry, director
Mark Atkins, didgeridoo
Derek Hynd, surfer in the film
Stephen Pigram, voice
Tognetti: Heart of The Black Beast, Bathymetry
Seeger: “Where Have All the Flowers Gone”
Rameau: “Les Vents” from Les Boréades
Crumb: Black Angels (excerpts)
Bach: Fugue from Violin Sonata No. 1, BWV 1001
Pigram Brothers: “Raindancing”
Alice in Chains: “Them Bones,” “Angry Chair”
Dean: “Peripeteia” from Electric Preludes
Shostakovich: Allegro molto from Chamber Symphony, Op.110a
Rachmaninoff: Vocalise (c. 6 minutes)
Beethoven: Cavatina from String Quartet, Op.130
Come for: A must-see event combining heart-stopping imagery from Australia (nature, surfing, undersea, etc.) with an unexpected collection of music played live, ranging from Bach to Alice in Chains, from Beethoven to George Crumb, and from Rachmaninoff to Pete Seeger. Utterly unforgettable.