Evoking mythography and ancestry, Ashwini Ramaswamy’s Let the Crows Come uses the metaphor of crows as messengers for the living and guides for the departed. In a series of solos/trios, the Indian dance form Bharatanatyam is deconstructed and recontextualized with collaborators Alanna Morris and Berit Ahlgren, who infuse the work with their own traditions of Modern and African Diasporic dance and the Gaga movement from Israel. The New York Times describes the collaboration as “magnetic . . . the dancers joined forces as if the threads of Ramaswamy’s imagination had united and flourished, making space, not just for more generations but for more ways of thinking.” The original, live score features South Indian instruments, electroacoustic cello, and sound sampling/turntables.
Let the Crows Come is commissioned by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series and is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project and the MAP Fund (both supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), and was developed in part during residencies at the Baryshnikov Arts Center (New York, NY), and the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron (OH).
Choreographer and dancer Chris Emile, last seen at LBO creating the innovative choreography for LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES (2021), returns to live performance with an intimate new work that combines Emile’s exceptional movement direction with operatic ritual. Audiences are invited to partake in a meditative and captivating experience driven forward by a raucous, irreverent original score and soundscape by Cody Perkins and astonishing vocals by cross-genre performer Alexis Vaughn. THE HORSE evokes the supernatural experience of spiritual possession. In Vodun tradition, a “horse” describes a person who has been possessed and is being “ridden” by a possessing deity. In combining somatic practice with theology and research into the origins of ballet, Emile reassesses how traditional balletic training regards the role of the performer/dancer. The resulting work embodies ancestral knowledge, reverence for African religions, and the human-divine connection while reclaiming the relationship between body and spirit as all are invited to witness and experience in this shared catharsis.
Experience China before communism Shen Yun takes you on an extraordinary journey through China’s 5,000 years of divinely inspired culture. Exquisite beauty from the heavens, profound wisdom from dynasties past, timeless legends and ethnic traditions all spring to life through classical Chinese dance, enchanting live orchestral music, authentic costumes, and patented interactive backdrops. Revisit a time when scholars and artists sought harmony with the Tao, or the “Way” of the universe, and when divine beings walked upon the earth to inspire humanity. Join us for a night filled with beauty and wisdom, courage and hope...Experience Shen Yun! “5,000 years of Chinese music and dance in one night!” — The New York Times “Entertainment of the highest order... An exemplary display of excellence.” —Stage Whispers “Five stars! I have reviewed about 4,000 shows since 1942, none can compare to what I saw tonight.” —Richard Connema, theater critic “There is a massive power in this that can embrace the world. It brings great hope… It is truly a touch of heaven.” —Daniel Herman, former Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic “Really out of this world! There is no word to describe it... If I had to, the words might be ‘divine,’ ‘reborn’ and ‘hope’... You have to see it to believe it.” —Christine Walevska, Master Cellist “I encourage everyone to see it and all of us to learn from it.” —Donna Karan, founder of DKNY “Go see it to believe it, because otherwise, you are going to miss the most important thing in your life.” —Joe Heard, former white house photographer “A must-see!” —Broadway World
Mozart’s Requiem is the jumping off point for MacArthur Genius Kyle Abraham and pioneering producer, composer, and EDM artist Jlin. Combining traditions and innovations in both dance and music, they explore folklore, death, and reincarnation in a powerful piece that demands the dancers have command of techniques ranging from ballet to to street dance.
A family-friendly experience accompanied by Tchaikovsky"s timeless score, over 150 hand-sewn costumes, handcrafted sets and classic Marius Petipa choreography. This fairytale will take you on a Christmas night adventure with Clara and the Nutcracker to the Land of Sweets. See the iconic Waltz of Flowers, and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, meet Mother Ginger and the Drosselmeyer. Mark your calendars and snag your tickets early for this unforgettable experience!
The Long Beach Nutcracker returns to the Terrace Theater December 16th-23rd, 2022. "Crammed with special effects, the familiar Long Beach Ballet version of The Nutcracker has nearly everything money can buy. For opulent, family-oriented entertainment - seek no further." Lewis Segall, The Los Angeles Times
One of the nation’s premier flamenco companies, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana returns to our stage with a stunning new work choreographed by two of flamenco’s most exciting artists: Jose Maldonado and Karen Lugo—with an original live score by guitarist Jose Luis de la Paz. De la Frontera asks: “What is stronger—what unites us, or what separates us?” Flamenco Vivo’s star-studded cast includes Maldonado, praised by The New York Times for his “bursts of brilliance,” and Lugo, lauded by the Washington Post for her “triumph of style.” De la Frontera is a passionate display of the power of flamenco to transcend barriers.
Michelle Dorrance is “the most exciting and original choreographer in tap today" (The New York Times). Dorrance Dance is the award-winning tap dance company founded in 2011 by Artistic Director and MacArthur Genius Michelle Dorrance. Dorrance Dance has an unconquerable respect for the complex history and powerful legacy of this uniquely American art form, while also pushing the form into the future rhythmically, aesthetically, and conceptually. The Boston Globe raves that Dorrance Dance moves the genre to “a new level of execution, innovation, and sophistication." Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the unified company of impressive, precise technicians with vivid personalities and fabulously expressive flair will perform SOUNDspace which explores what is most thrilling, brilliant, and beautiful.
Step into the whimsical, magical world of one of the most beloved fairy tales, coming to the Saban Theatre this Holiday Season! A part of the World Ballet Series, the Nutcracker is performed live by a multinational cast of 50 professional ballet dancers gathered to bring the most beloved holiday tradition to life. A family-friendly experience accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s timeless score, over 150 hand-sewn costumes, hand-crafted sets and classic Marius Petipa choreography. This fairytale will take you on a Christmas night adventure with Clara and the Nutcracker to the Land of Sweets. See the iconic Waltz of Flowers, and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, meet Mother Ginger and the Drosselmeyer. Mark your calendars and snag your tickets early for this unforgettable experience!
The Nutcracker is the city’s holiday tradition perfect for celebrating the season. Set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, Los Angeles Ballet stays true to the traditions of the holiday story with some surprises! This production is set in 1912 Los Angeles. Throughout the five scenes in two acts are hints and tastes of Southern California - a Spanish style home, calla lilies, bougainvillea, the snowy forests of the Sierras, Venice archways, a moonlit Pacific Ocean and more! The Nutcracker appears in theaters across Southern California, including the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
A unique and joyful holiday mash-up for the whole family, THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER is a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, the production is performed by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of Hip Hop’s founding fathers. Through this remixed and reimagined version of the classic, the dynamic performers of THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER take audiences on a journey that celebrates love, community and the magic of the holiday season.
A popular holiday tradition at The Soraya, the lively Nochebuena celebration returns this year with an extraordinary line-up including Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar, and more.
Memoryhouse, marks Los Angeles Ballet Artistic Director Melissa Barak’s first full-evening dance work, an abstract ballet composed of vignettes commemorating the Holocaust. Memoryhouse, set to Max Richter’s powerful album of the same name, will reflect on the somber as well as more heroic moments that illuminate this devastating period in human history.