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In 1966—barely a year after the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion opened—The Music Center presented Rudolf Nureyev and Margo Fonteyn with the Australian Ballet. To celebrate our 50th anniversary, we bring back the legendary dance company for their critically acclaimed re-imagining of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, set to the modern legend of Diana, the Princess of Wales.
“a rumination on ruins and the transformative roles of space and place in contemporary China.” – Yunfest
Co-presented with the UCLA Confucius Institute
Presented as part of the Jack H. Skirball Series
REDCAT is one of several L.A. venues for this three-week survey of voices that make China such a dynamic film and media environment. The biennial’s program ranges from the latest internationally-lauded auteur films to crowd-pleasing homages to major figures of Chinese cinema to experimental media. The highlight of the REDCAT screenings is Cong Feng’s visually hauntingStratum 1: The Visitors (Diceng yi: laike, 2013), winner of the Jury Award at the Beijing Independent Film Festival. The screenings are preceded by slideshows commissioned from some of China’s most accomplished visual artists.
The China Onscreen Biennial is presented with the UCLA Confucius Institute in partnership with REDCAT, the UCLA Film & Television Archive, AFI FEST, and Pomona College.
The program at REDCAT is curated by Cheng-Sim Lim and Bérénice Reynaud.
The legendary Cicely Tyson — after a 30-year absence from the stage — reprises her Tony Award® winning Broadway performance in The Trip to Bountiful, taking the stage by storm in the critically acclaimed revival of Pulitzer Prize winner Horton Foote’s American masterpiece. Vanessa Williams and Blair Underwood will join Tyson in this exclusive engagement. Tyson and Williams appeared together in the 2013 Broadway production of The Trip to Bountiful, while Tyson, Williams and Underwood all starred in the Lifetime TV version that aired in March.
Presented by KPCC
Take Two is turning two!
KPCC’s award-winning morning newsmagazine show is celebrating two successful years on air with a birthday bash featuring some favorite celebrity guests. The fresh mix of news, arts, culture and compelling conversations that has made Take Two a hit on public radio airwaves will be coming to life on the REDCAT stage.
Hosts Alex Cohen and A Martinez will be joined by special guests including comedian Jeff Garlin of Curb Your Enthusiasm, celebrity chef Nguyen Tran of Starry Kitchen, Latin Alternative musician Ceci Bastida, and the king of kitsch, Charles Phoenix.
Don’t miss this chance to party with your favorite morning drive companions. There will be hot jams, laughter, retro slideshows and a cooking showdown that will finally settle whether man or robot shall dominate fusion cuisine!
The show is free but RSVPs are required. Limit 2 per reservation. @KPCC@taketwo@CalArtsREDCAT#t2t2
This far-reaching concert begins with the stirring, knife-edge fanfares of Janáček’s Sinfonietta, turns toward the future with Saariaho while celebrating the organ’s past, then plunges into the cool, Finnish mythic soundscapes of Sibelius.
Come for: An awesome 10th birthday present for the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ with world-renown French organist Olivier Latry.
And more: Another characteristically dramatic and edgy program from our beloved Conductor Laureate, Esa-Pekka Salonen.
The LA Phil's pioneering Symphonies for Youth mix music with fun and fantasy for children ages 5-11. Walt Disney Concert Hall's unique and majestic organ, aptly nicknamed the "French fries," celebrates its 10th birthday. Come hear these 6,134 metal and wooden pipes in action!
Come for: Each TSFY concert is a dramatic presentation, conducted by a Dudamel Conducting Fellow and staged by theater artists.
And more: Prior to the concert there are interactive art workshops related to the program's musical themes.
10am arts workshop 11am performance
“The Iliad of the underground.”– Newsweek
Some died in lonely drug overdoses (Nico), some became controversial artists (Brigid Berlin), some mysteriously disappeared (Ingrid Superstar), some had impressive careers in B-movies (Mary Woronov), some were faux-girls, exuding spectacular femininity (Mario Montez), some weren’t girls at all, but inspired drama queens (Ed Hood), flamboyant philosophers (Pope Ondine) or bisexual lads in love with music (Eric Emerson), photography (Gerard Malanga), and their own bodies. Forty-eight years after Chelsea Girls’premiere, their bitchiness, exuberance, humor, and Edenic experimentation with drugs, sex and art explode on the split screen. On a Velvet Underground tune, these fragile divas of the 15-minute fame are forever young, glamorous, iconic and radically transgressive.
Print courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art.
Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.
A riveting pairing of one-act masterpieces, written more than two centuries apart, explores the fine line between devotion and obsession. In Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, an intimately scaled tragedy, a queen falls prey to the machinations of a formidable enemy, losing her heart to a man who abruptly abandons her. In Bartók’s suspenseful orchestral showpiece Bluebeard's Castle, an impulsive young bride turns her back on her family, only to uncover increasingly dark truths about her new husband.
A powerfully theatrical production by Barrie Kosky (director of LA Opera’s recentThe Magic Flute) shines new light on the agonizing consequences of unconditional love.
This production will include partial nudity.
Production from the Frankfurt Opera.
“...quixotic interrogations of harmony and timbre.”
– The New York Times
Plying rhythmic forms and sonic colors in a shared language of improvisation, jazz pianists Andy Milne and Benoît Delbecq partner with the Japanese koto duo TsuguKaji-KOTO, amid the swirling washes of Saki Murotani’s projected animation. Conceived and composed by Milne—founder of Dapp Theory and noted veteran of New York’s downtown jazz scene—the 75-minute epic draws on the myth of the Rainbow Serpent as it opens new multilayered dialogues between East and West, sight and sound. As the piano duo Crystal Magnets, Milne and Delbecq are known for fluid melodies and percussive prepared-piano textures, while the twosome of Ai Kajigano and Tsugumi Yamamoto explore the vivid tones of the koto in original repertoire that connects the traditional with the contemporary.
Commissioned by The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts. Supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program, the Canada Council for the Arts, and New Music USA.
With seven No. 1 albums on the Billboard Classical charts, performances on seven film soundtracks, and a savvy social media presence, Joshua Bell is one of the most prominent American artists of his generation. His stylistic sympathies are wide-ranging and his recitals are always highlight events.
Come for: One of America’s greatest violin virtuosos performs a wide-ranging program of passionate masterworks.
“Halah Anvari questions what it means to be an Iranian woman, both in her own country and in the West.”– Time Out London
Two powerful, eye-opening programs deconstruct and recontextualize women’s complex relationship with Islam in Iranian culture and society. Ranging from experimental film and video to documentaries, the works draw attention to ways women are posited both within Islam and at its border, with codes of sexual propriety, veiling and separation functioning as signifiers of a condition fraught with contradiction and hope.
Artists include Haleh Anvari, Samira Eskandarfar, Loghman Khaledi, Firouzeh Khorosvani, Nassrin Nasser, Pooya Razi, Jinoos Taghizadeh and Nikoo Tarkhani. Part of the Los Angeles/Islam Arts Initiative (LA/IAI), which links nearly 30 L.A. institutions to explore traditional and contemporary arts from Islamic regions and their significant global diasporas. LA/IAI launches this fall in conjunction with the exhibition Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art and the contemporary exhibition Shangri La: Imagined Cities, commissioned by the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) for its L.A. Municipal Art Gallery.
Bartók’s masterpiece shares the bill with other Eastern European delights for our second chamber music performance.
Come for: Bartok’s powerful, urgent and very personal Fifth String Quartet.
And more: Don't miss the complimentary pre-concert wine tasting reception.
Artists include Haleh Anvari, Samira Eskandarfar, Loghman Khaledi, Firouzeh Khorosvani, Nassrin Nasser