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"In the beginning there was Martha Graham, who changed the form. Then there was Merce Cunningham, who showed us dance’s heart. And then, Paul Taylor, who let the sun shine in.” – Laura Shapiro, NewsweekThe 59-year-old dance company, led by the still-inventive legend Paul Taylor, has performed in more than 540 cities in 64 countries, as well as garnering Emmy and Academy Award nominations. Few, if any, companies have shared their vision with so many across the reach of time. In this engagement, the company is presenting a diverse program that will include work by minimalist composer Morton Feldman.
Paul Robeson was born the son of a runaway slave and died “the most well known black man in the world.” Obie Award-winning writer and performer Daniel Beaty chronicles his remarkable life in an extraordinary theatrical biography.
Embodying not only Robeson but also dozens of international personalities who crossed Robeson’s path, Beaty fills the theatre with the dreams, words and songs (American classics like Ol’ Man River) of a man who sacrificed everything in the name of liberty.
We marvel at Robeson’s triumphs — All-American linebacker and valedictorian while at Rutgers, NFL linebacker while in Columbia Law School, and eventually international star of stage and screen (Showboat; the longest running Othello in Broadway history) — and we gasp at the indignities he suffered as a civil rights and labor rights activist during the McCarthy era.
This remarkable play with music provided by a live combo on stage is a powerful, unflinching account of a minister’s son who became the voice of the everyman around the world, daring to speak up and sing out for what was right.
“Boxing is dancing, a duel is a duet.” —NRC Handelsblad, The Netherlands
Choose a ringside seat for this intensely physical dance event set in a stylized boxing ring, and the sweat produced by this remarkable Amsterdam-based company may become part of the experience. In ROCCO, choreographers Emio Greco and Pieter Scholten put dancers face to face in a suite of choreographed bouts that are exhilarating, exhausting and deeply poignant—with a healthy dose of humor as counterpoint. With virtuosic performances, and plenty of nimble footwork, the competitors represent brotherly love with intense abandon: both the good and the bad, from Cain and Abel to Romulus and Remus to Laurel and Hardy. As in the film that inspired it, Luchino Visconti’s Rocco e i suoi fratelli (Rocco and His Brothers), the artists expose both physical and psychological extremes in this powerful work that received Holland’s prestigious SWAN Award for Best Dance Production of 2012.
Members of the Grammy Award-winning LA Opera Orchestra move from the pit to the stage, in this debut concert from Pittance Chamber Music. The program includes works by Dukas, Debussy, Schutz and Benjamin Britten, as well as Ravel’s exotic Chansons Madecasses, with Cassandra Zoe Velasco, mezzo-soprano. Actor Miguel Perez hosts, enlightening the audience with historical notes and anecdotes.
General admission tickets are $35 and may be purchased on the Pittance website at www.pittancechambermusic.org, or on the day of the performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion box office.
“Mysterious and lush explorations of the visual world… Rick Bahto’s Super 8mm films play like formalist, haiku-like postcards to distant friends.” —San Francisco Cinematheque
Since 2002, the Echo Park Film Center (EPFC) has been an influential proponent of small-gauge film, particularly Super 8mm and 8mm. This survey of handmade films affirms the independent spirit of the EPFC community in an aesthetically eclectic range of works from personal diary films to cross-disciplinary collaborations, from documentary portraiture to hand-processed abstraction. Drawing on young experimenters from the center’s education and residency programs as well as artists commissioned to make brand-new films for EPFC’s 12-year anniversary, the program includes Kate Brown’s 4X3, Marilyn Hernandez’s Perforated Damage, Alee Peoples’ Waxing and Milking, a film for two projectors by Rick Bahto, and shorts by Paul Clipson, Chloe Reyes and Pablo Valencia—all projected from Super 8 or 8mm camera originals.
Fly away to a wonderland of international animation created for the festival’s youngest moviegoers! These short films are full of eye-popping color, catchy tunes and sweet stories that will take parents and kids to the moon and back.
Alimation Alexandre Dubosc, France, 2011Papa Cloudy Akiko McQuerrey, USA, 2012My Little Chicken Jeremy Diamond & Alex Hawley, USA, 2011Love Affair with the Sun Lim Dong-in, Seo Seol-lim, Korea, 2012Birthday Party Denis Seleznyov, Ukraine, 2013Mira’s Night Elyse Kelly, USA, 2011On the Wing Vera Myakisheva, Russia, 2012Miriam’s Kite Riho Unt, Estonia, 2013Sky Color Peter H. Reynolds, John Lechner & Gary Goldberger, USA, 2012Kind Moon Nazanin Sobhan-Sarbandi, Iran, 2012Twins in Bakery Mari Miyazawa, Japan, 2012Snowflake Natasha Chernishova, Russia, 2012Snowball Tess Martin, USA, 2013Into Spring Udo Prinsen, The Netherlands, 2012Martina Urko Mauduit, Spain, 2013Subway Train Garrett Davis, USA, 2011
One Russian film with English subtitles, but dialogue is not needed for understanding.
Ages 3 and up. 65 min. Also screening May 3 & May 10, 12:00pm
Exquisite art meets incredible storytelling in this international collection of animation. You’ll sail the high seas, travel the world, fly to the moon and spy with your little eyes a world of wonders in this program of award-winning shorts.
Maple Syrup Yoshino Aoki, Japan, 2012Edible Rocks Stefan Gruber, USA, 2012Winter Has Come Vassiliy Shlychkov, Russia, 2012The Whale Story Tess Martin, USA, 2012Noodle Fish Kim Jin-Man, Korea, 2012My Strange Grandfather Dina Velikovskaya, Russia, 2011Lola Franck Janin, France, 2011High Above the Sky Kim Noce and Shaun Clark, United Kingdom, 2012The Fox who Followed the Sound Fatemeh Goudarzi, Iran, 2012I Spy with My Little Eye Alexandra Nebel, Germany, 2012
Three films in German, Russian, and Korean with English subtitles
All ages. 65 min. Also screening May 3 & 10, 1:30pm
From poignant stories of friendship, to fantasias about fluttering insects, to a fable of life in the Andes, these films will take you on a journey to beaches, back roads, jungles, mountaintops and bustling cities throughout Latin America.
When I Grow Up Jayro Bustamante, France, 2011Dead Bug Julio Benito Cabrera, Puerto Rico, 2013Defective Gabriela Martinez Garza and Jon Fernandez Lopez, Mexico, 2012Tintico’s Afternoons Alejandro García Caballero, Mexico, 2012Buenos Aires Recyclers Nikki Schuster, Germany, 2011A Pair of Two in the George’s Wherabout Fernando Coelho, Brazil, 2012Fifteen Years Liliana Torres, Mexico, 2012Celestino Elizabeth Watson, Sweden, 2013
Films in Spanish and Portuguese with English subtitles.
Ages 9 and up. 77 min. Also screening May 10, 3:00pm
Star of Broadway, Glee, and 30 Rock Cheyenne Jackson takes you back to a time when bossa nova was new, the lounges of Las Vegas were hip and catchy dance music was spinning on every hi-fi. Snap your fingers and tap your toes to the cool, swinging tunes of the 1950s and ’60s.
If you love critters big and small, come watch them soar, roar, creep and race through this action-packed and colorful program of animation from 10 countries.
International Father’s Day Edmunds Jansons, Latvia, 2012Big Block Singsong: Big Foot Warren Brown, CanadaHula Hoop Tess Martin, USA, 2012Big Block Singsong: Owl Warren Brown, CanadaGoose Trouble Monika Dovnar, Germany, 2013The Goat Herder and His Lots and Lots of Goats Will Rose, United Kingdom, 2012The Squeakiest Roar Maggie Rogers, United Kingdom, 2011Sniffles Jeremy Galante & David Cowles, USA, 2012The Little Bird and the Leaf Lena von Döhren, Switzerland, 2012Ahco on the Road Soyeon Kim, USA/Korea, 2013The Race Jacques Khouri, USA/Canada, 2013Rabbit and Deer Péter Vácz, Hungary, 2013
Ages 5 and up. 55 min. Also screening May 4 & May 11, 12:00pm
Differences make the world go ’round in this program of live-action and animated films, filled with characters who learn to celebrate what makes them special.
Big Block Singsong: Different Warren Brown, CanadaBig Mouth Andrea Dorfman, Canada, 2012Girl with the World in her Hair Debbie Howard, United Kingdom, 2011Paper Bag Boy Enson Huang, Taiwan, 2012Big Hands Oh Big Hands, Let it be Bigger and Bigger Lei Lei, China, 2012Juliet on Her Bicycle Marcos Flávio Hinke, Brazil, 2012Shame and Glasses Alessandro Riconda, Italy, 2013The Magic Ferret Alison Parker, Canada, 2013While You Weren’t Looking Jeremy Mackie, USA, 2012Hannah and the Moon Kate Charter, United Kingdom, 2012
Films in Mandarin and Italian have English Subtitles.
Ages 8 and up. 76 min.
The boys and girls in these fictional and documentary films are determined to change their lives. Race through a busy day with an Indian student, save animals with a boy from Taiwan, soar through the air with a circus kid, find a way to hop on a carnival ride in Mozambique, and dance up a storm with a talented teen from The Netherlands.
Eyes on the Stars The Rauch Brothers, USA, 2012AMAR(All Great Achievements Require Time) Andrew Hinton, India, 2011Making It The Rauch Brothers, USA, 2012The Little Dog Savior Huang Hung-Ju, Taiwan, 2013Jump Aimée-Lee X. Curran, Australia, 2013A Tropical Sunday Fabian Ribezzo, Italy/Mozambique, 2013Dancing with Style Xander de Boer, The Netherlands, 2012
Films in Mandarin and Dutch with English subtitles.
Ages 10 and up. 72 min.
The superb young musicians of the Colburn Orchestra perform their annual concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
“Hills breaks down standard sounds and images, transforming them into perceptive alternatives, political critiques, and a search for occult, creative expressions that have not been said or explored before.” —Mónica Savirón
Uncovering the ethereal in the mundane and the abstract in the naturalistic, Henry Hills activates a heightened attentiveness in viewers through his signature use of montage—intensely concentrated, rhythmically complex, and replete with eccentric wit. A celebrated maker of experimental film since 1975, Hills has collaborated with New York “Language” poets, composer John Zorn and choreographer Sally Silvers, among other artists. The former longtime resident of the East Village now teaches at FAMU, the Czech national film academy in Prague, and lives in Vienna. Hills’ recent short arcana (2011, digital video, 30 min.) has collected top prizes at Curtas Vila do Conde in Portugal and the Melbourne International Film Festival.
In person: Henry Hills
Members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Ages 3 and up. 65 min. Also screening April 26 & May 10, 12:00pm
All ages. 65 min. Also screening April 26 & May 10, 1:30pm
Hang on for the ride with this action-packed program of live action and animated films. Warning! Subject matter includes aliens, robots, sharks, boy choirs run amok, monsters under the bed, music galore and a few mega sugar rushes!
SuperBot: A Magnifying Mess Gervasio Rodríguez Traverso and Pablo Alberto Díaz, Argentina, 2013Koyaa the Extraordinary Kolja Saksida, Slovenia, 2011HB Nathan Fast, Canada, 2013The Green Teeth Svetlana Andrianova, Russia, 2012A Girl Named Elastika Guillaume Blanchet, Canada, 2012Choir Tour Edmunds Jansons, Latvia, 2012An Intergalactic Encounter Zoe Gauthier, Lou Lemaigre, and Paco Pyronneau, France, 2013Snapshot Arthur van Merwijk, The Netherlands, 2012Summer Bummer Bill Plympton, USA, 2012Under the Bed Hadley Hillel, USA, 2013Sweet Love Albert Jan van Rees, The Netherlands, 2012
Films in Dutch and Russian with English subtitles.
Ages 8 and up. 79 min.