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Mexico’s leading contemporary dance company makes its Music Center debut in a program of extravagant theatricality and originality, led by the wildly creative Tania Pérez-Salas. With music ranging from Mexican composers to beat-driven techno, Pérez-Salas is known for her “surrealistic visions” that “invade the senses.” (Washington Post)
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.
Next on Grand is a collaborative festival, including the Music Center companies and more across Grand Avenue’s arts corridor. This year, the festival embraces the theme of Contemporary Americans.
Come for: LA Phil Creative Chair John Adams leads the orchestra’s new music virtuosos in a program of LA Phil-commissioned world premieres.
The Bryant family reunion becomes an occasion for comic collisions over race and sexuality in this “timely and important American play” (Chicago Tribune), directed by Phylicia Rashad.
Come for: The first performances of two major LA Phil commissions, from composer-guitarist Bryce Dessner (The National) and legendary composer Philip Glass.
And more: Hear a new version of Pulitzer-winner Caroline Shaw’s ever-evolving piece, which includes her own film.
"Artist Lars Jan has done that rare thing: created something that feels entirely new." —Los Angeles Magazine
“Mind-bendingly creative.” — Philadelphia City Paper
A multi-dimensional visual design sets the stage for award-winning director and media artist Lars Jan’s theatrical exploration of the blurring of short and long term memories, and how “remembering” is changing now and into the future. With two performers, real time 3D laser scans, original music and a collage of found and composed text, TIMe traces the transformation of archives from physical to digital structures, and the corresponding evolution of national and personal remembering and privacy through the story of director Lars Jan’s father — an enigmatic Cold War operative and privacy-obsessed misanthrope.
From the brilliantly batty creator of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Fantastic Mr. Fox comes the Tony Award®-winning Matilda The Musical, the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life.
Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Rolling Stone calls the show “hands down the best musical of the season.”Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda has won 47 international awards, and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway and in London’s West End.
Steve Mackey is an electric guitarist and composer whose concert music is influenced by all the jazz and rock he’s played. His new orchestral work is followed by Reich’s moving three-act video opera (2002) about advancing technology.
In addition to the two major premieres – from composer-guitarist Bryce Dessner (The National) and icon Philip Glass – you’ll hear two recent string quartets and the piece that made Caroline Shaw the youngest ever Pulitzer-winner for Music.
Electric guitarist and composer Steve Mackey’s compositions are influenced by jazz and rock. His new orchestral work is followed by the oratorio Shelter for three sopranos and Ensemble Signal, a collaboration by Bang on a Can co-founders Julia Wolfe, David Lang and Michael Gordon.
Piano Spheres continues its new Satellite Series with award-winning pianist Steven Vanhauwaert, hailed by the Los Angeles Times for his “impressive clarity, sense of structure and monster technique.” Vanhauwaert has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Bulgaria, the Netherlands, France, Israel, and the UK, and his performances have been broadcast live on national networks such as K-MZT, K-USC, and K-PFK.
A singer-songwriter currently living in Brooklyn, NY, Stevens’ preoccupation with epic concepts has motivated two state records (Michigan & Illinois), a collection of sacred and biblical songs (Seven Swans), an electronic album for the animals of the Chinese zodiac (Enjoy Your Rabbit), two Christmas box sets (Songs for Christmas, vol. 1-5 and Silver & Gold, vol. 6-10), and a BAM-commissioned programmatic tone poem for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (The BQE). In 2010 Stevens released an expansive EP (All Delighted People) and the full length The Age of Adz, a collection of songs partly inspired by the outsider artist Royal Robertson.
Stevens recently collaborated with New York City Ballet choreographer and dancer Justin Peck on Year of the Rabbit, a modern dance program set to a classical orchestration of Enjoy Your Rabbit and an original orchestral score commissioned for Peck’s ballet Everywhere We Go. Stevens’ second BAM commission Round-Up, an instrumental accompaniment to slow-motion rodeo footage, recently premiered at BAM’s Harvey Theater.
Co-commissioned by the LA Phil and the Music Center, this will be a new production of the extraordinary event that opened the Temporary Contemporary (Geffen/MOCA) 31 years ago. Performing to Adams’ original tape score, a company of 12 dancers, who have been working with Childs for two years on Einstein on the Beach, will bring to life refreshed choreography for this landmark hour-long work.
“…a work of blazing formal beauty. Miss Childs has made a breakthrough in her career here.” —New York Times
Bringing together some of the greatest minds in dance, architecture and classical music, Lucinda Childs, Frank Gehry and John Adams collaborate again for a major re-construction of this seminal work, which had its Los Angeles debut in 1983. A co-presentation of the Music Center of LA and the LA Phil, Los Angeles audiences get a first look at the newly re-imagined piece, before its U.S. tour.