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Latino Visual and Performing Arts in Southern California

May 24, 1999

655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 92626; (714) 708-5555; David Emmes and Martin Benson, artistic directors; Juliette Carrillo, director, Hispanic Playwrights Project.

Background: South Coast Repertory was founded in 1964 as a nonprofit theater company, dedicated to the art of theater and providing Orange County with the highest-quality stage productions and community service programs in creative dramatics. In the 35 years since its founding, South Coast Repertory has continued to mount productions of classic and contemporary plays, with an increasing focus on the commissioning and premiering of new plays. Since 1986, it has sponsored the Hispanic Playwrights Project, which has developed more than 50 plays, with more than half moving on to productions at theaters across the country.

Upcoming events: Hispanic Playwrights Project, including works by Eduardo Andino, Jonathan Ceniceroz, Rogelio Martinez and Jose Rivera, June 10-20.


Mark Taper Forum

135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, 90012; (213) 972-7586; Gordon Davidson, artistic director; Diane Rodriguez and Luis Alfaro, artistic directors, Latino Theater Initiative.

Background: The Taper has produced several Latino-themed plays since its 1967 inception including "Zoot Suit" (1978), "Green Card" (1986), "Carpa Clash" (1993), "Bandido!" (1994), "Floating Islands" (1994) and "Blade to the Heat" (1996). For nearly five years, the Latino Theater Initiative has provided advocacy, access and opportunity for Latino audiences while nurturing the development of new work by Latino artists. Through fellowships, commissions, readings, workshops and Taper mainstage productions, the initiative has produced and presented works by such artists as Guillermo Gomez Pena, Marga Gomez, Mariachi los Camperos de Nati Cano, Ruben Martinez and Ozomatli. The Initiative conducts an ongoing writer's workshop led by playwright Caridad Svitch and is currently developing projects with playwrights such as Oliver Mayer, Evelina Fernandez, Nolo Cruz and Octavio Solis.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday May 26, 1999 Home Edition Calendar Part F Page 9 Entertainment Desk 1 inches; 30 words Type of Material: Correction
"Fandango Angeleno"--Danza Floricanto's "Fandango Angeleno" will be performed at Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State L.A. on July 16, not June 16, the date published in the Diego Rivera special section Monday.

Upcoming productions: L.A. premiere of "Culture Clash in Bordertown," an epic docu-theater comedy. Written and performed by Culture Clash. (Actor's Gang Theater, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., June 10-July 11)


Agualuna Dance Company

4915 San Luis St., East Rancho Dominguez, 90221; (310) 537-0969; Gustavo Gonzales, director.

Background: Founded in 1996 under the direction of Gonzales, the group seeks to share the bicultural experience as it presents the vast richness of Mexican folklore and the ever-evolving Mexican American culture. The company presents a repertoire that ranges from traditional to modern Mexican dance styles.


Cheremoya Escola de Samba

6017 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles, 90028; (323) 465-4762; Linda Yudin, Luiz Badaro, Lee Cobin, co-directors.

Background: This ensemble performs Brazilian dance and music by performers age 8-17. Based out of Cheremoya Avenue School, the group is open to all children interested in learning the technique and performance of Brazilian dance.

Upcoming events: "Dance Kaleidescope," Ford Theater, July 24.


Danza Floricanto/USA

4032 S. Overcrest Drive, Whittier, 90601; (562) 695-3546; Gema Sandoval, artistic director; Chris Rios, director of school programs; Francisco Sandoval, managing director.

Background: Founded in 1975, Danza Floricanto/USA is the oldest existing professional Mexican folk dance troupe in Los Angeles and the only Mexican folk dance touring company native to the United States; the company presents authentically staged, fully researched and colorfully costumed dances representing the folkloric traditions of Mexico. Danza Floricanto is devoted to illuminating the Mexican American heritage through dance, and conducts workshops, lecture demonstrations and educational assemblies. In recent years, the company has begun to stage themed works in addition to the traditional regional dances of Mexico. These include "Epopeya Mestiza/Mestizo Epic," "America Tropical," "Cuentos Mestizos" and "Si Se Puede--Yes You Can."

Upcoming events: "Fandango Angeleno," Dance Kaleidoscope Festival, Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State Los Angeles, June 16; Redlands Bowl 30th Anniversary, Aug. 13; "Zapateados y Taconeos--The Full Story," Ford Theater, Aug. 28.


Francisco Martinez Dancetheatre

6723 Matilija Ave., Valley Glen, 91405; (818) 988-2192; Francisco Martinez, artistic director.

Background: Founded in 1981, this professional contemporary ballet company of seven dancers is under the direction of Francisco Martinez. The Dancetheatre creates and presents new works and maintains an active repertory for its concert stage performances and extensive arts-in-education programming throughout all counties of Southern California.

Upcoming events: Premiere of Martinez's new full-length ballet, "The Colorado," tentatively scheduled for September. Schedule and location to be announced.


Lola Montes and Her Spanish Dancers

1529 N. Commonwealth Ave., Hollywood, 90027; (323) 664-3288; Lola Montes, president and artistic director.

Background: Founded in 1974, the company is dedicated to preserving Hispanic culture through the arts. The group performs dance, music and songs of Spain and Latin America.


Viver Brasil Dance Co.

583 1/2 N. Windsor Blvd., Los Angeles, 90004; (323) 465-4762; Luiz Badaro and Linda Yudin, co-directors.

Background: Founded in 1996, the company consists of Brazilian and American professional dancers and musicians performing traditional and contemporary Afro-Brazilian dance with live music. The company also teaches Afro-Brazilian dance.

Upcoming events: Viver Brasil opens "Brazil Night" at the Hollywood Bowl, June 26-27.

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